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Monday, December 3, 2012

'Bricking' Now An Option For Stolen Smartphones

Smartphone owners whose phones are stolen now have the ability to "brick" their phones, rendering them useless — a method that's expected to help deter cell phone theft.

911 System Has Failed Multiple Times In Maryland, Virginia

The D.C. area's 911 emergency call system has been suffering widespread failures for more than two years, long before the June 2012 derecho storm called attention to the problem.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Virginia's Coal Industry Jobs On The Decline

Jobs in the coal industry appear to be on the decline in southwest Virginia, and it's not clear when or if those jobs will return.

Eyes On Virginia For Additional Silver Line Funding

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is looking to Virginia lawmakers to help supplement funds for Phase 2 of the Silver Line rail project.

WikiLeaks: Bradley Manning Hearing To Resume Wednesday

Former guards at the Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Va. recounted their version of the events of Army Private Bradley Manning's imprisonment during testimony this weekend.

D.C. Region Sees Peak Movement Of Asian Lady Beetles

It's peak movement time for the Asian Lady Beetle, which means people may see more of them inside their homes.

Newseum Marks 50th Anniversary Of Kennedy Assassination

The Newseum will be marking the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy with a new film and exhibits.

Bengal Tiger Killed At Richmond Zoo

A white Bengal tiger is dead after being attacked by another tiger at a Richmond zoo.

Pepco Requests Rate Increase For Maryland Customers

The utility that serves the Washington suburbs has asked Maryland regulators for a rate increase.

D.C. Man Arrested In Morgan State Football Player Shooting

A 20-year-old man from D.C. has been arrested in connection with the shooting of a Morgan State University football player.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Kansas City Chiefs Player Shoots Girlfriend, Then Commits Suicide

A 25-year-old Kansas City Chiefs player shot his girlfriend, and then fatally shot himself.

Northern Virginia Toys for Tots Accepting Donations

The Northern Virginia Toys for Tots program hopes to collect more than 150,000 toys for kids in the region this year.

Ocean City's Beach Replenishment Project Earns High Praise

Lawmakers say Ocean City's beach replenishment program proved its worth during Hurricane Sandy.

Court Ruling Could Affect Eastern Shore's Poultry Industry

An environmental group is pushing for more accountability of poultry farmers on the Eastern Shore.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Bradley Manning Faced Prosecutors In Wikileaks Hearing

In a pretrial hearing Friday in Fort Meade, Md., Army Pfc. Bradley Manning testified that he had made a noose with a sheet while in custody in Kuwait, but said he didn't contemplate suicide when he was confined ina brig in Quantico, Va.