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Thursday, November 22, 2012

D.C. Road Closures On Thanksgiving For Trot For Hunger

Several roads in downtown D.C. are closed this morning to make way for the Trot for Hunger 5K race.

Former D.C. Council Member Used Position To Void Traffic Tickets

A former D.C. Council member reportedly used his position to get a number of traffic tickets waived earlier this year, according to a report from D.C.'s inspector general.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Montgomery Co. Steps Up Police Patrols At Malls For Holidays

Shoppers are more likely to be the victims of muggers during the holiday season. To counter this, Montgomery County will have extra police at shopping districts and have offered tips to avoid becoming a victim.

Seawall Project Approved To Protect Tangier Island

A seawall will be built to protect Tangier Island's harbor from erosion and storm surges in the Chesapeake Bay, according to the Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.

TSA Urges Travelers To Check Prohibited Item List Before Packing

Can you bring a pie with you a plane? What about a snowglobe. The TSA is trying to get the word out to travelers as to what they can or can't bring through airport security.

Proposal To Close D.C. Schools Sees Muted Response On D.C. Council

D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson has received a subdued response from the D.C. Council for her proposal to close 20 schools — a far cry from the fiery response Michelle Rhee saw for a similar plan in 2008.

What Time Does Giant, Safeway, Harris Teeter, Etc. Close On Thanksgiving?

Forget something essential for the Thanksgiving meal? Most grocery stores in the D.C. region are open Thursday, at least for a few hours. Check out a full list.

Analysis: Prepping For Leadership Transitions In Federal Agencies

Charles Clark of Government Executive talks about the preparations that go on inside an agency when its head is expected to step down for a president's second term.

Man Making Threats On Greyhound Bus Closes I-95 HOV Lanes

A man making threats on a Greyhound Bus traveling from Richmond to New York City this morning caused the evacuation of that bus and the closure of the I-95 HOV lanes for approximately three hours. 

D.C. Council Digs Into Mayor's Campaign Finance Reform Bill

D.C. Council members aren't yet on board with Mayor Vincent Gray's campaign finance reform proposal; at least one member who attended a work session on the law yesterday called the rules 'confusing.' 

CDC Looks At Second-Hand Smoke At Dulles, Other Airports

Dulles International Airport could be exposing its passengers to health risks due to its designated smoking areas, according to a new report from the CDC.

GWU Student, Recently Elected To ANC, Comes Out

A 19-year-old GWU student may have just become the youngest openly gay elected official in the U.S., but he risks being kicked out of the Boy Scout troop he's served with for most of his life when he claims that title.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Analysis: Race For Virginia Governor Shifts As Warner Sticks To Senate

Sen. Mark Warner announced Tuesday that he would be finishing the job he signed up for in the Senate, which The Hill's Alex Bolton says changes the dynamics of the race for Virginia governor in 2013.

Potomac River Crossings The Object Of VDOT Study

The Virginia Department of Transportation is pursuing a study looking at how traffic patterns crossing the Potomac. There are already critics of the study, who say focus should remain on improving existing infrastructure.

RideOn Ads Urge Pedestrian Safety For Holidays

With sunlight dwindling and pedestrian traffic around shopping centers rising for the holidays, Montgomery County is placing ads to encourage people to be more careful crossing streets.