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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Pepco Fined $1M By Maryland PSC

Pepco has been fined $1 million by a Maryland regulator for its reliability issues; the company says will not appeal the decision.

Maryland Prison To Get Energy From Chicken Waste

A prison in Maryland hopes to eventually get a third of its energy from chicken waste. 

Maryland Landlord Gives Voice To Abortion Rights Supporters

Feeling harassed by the aggressive tactics of anti-abortion activists, the landlord of a Maryland abortion clinic fought back by starting an organization of his own.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Occupy DC Keeps Message, Tweaks Tactics

While many had assumed the Occupy DC protests would have fizzled by now, some at the McPherson Square encampment are talking about escalating their tactics next year.

Following Evacuation, Metro Pulls 16 Cars For Inspections

Following the mechanical failure Tuesday that led to the evacuation of a Metro train near L'Enfant Plaza, WMATA has pulled 16 cars to conduct inspections for similar problems.

D.C. Remembers Deceased Homeless Residents

Wednesday marks the 22nd National Homeless Persons Memorial Day -- which honors the homeless residents of the District who have passed.

Maryland Board Approves Money For Slots

By a vote of 2-1, Maryland's board of public works voted to move forward with the lease for what will be the state's largest casino -- located in Anne Arundel County.

Suspect Charged In Theft Of Baby Jesus Statue

A 25-year-old Spotsylvania woman has been charged with grand larceny for her role in the theft of an 80-pound state of the baby Jesus from a Virginia shopping center.

D.C. Shows Highest Population Growth In U.S. For Past Year

The District's population grew faster last year than any other state in the U.S. last year, according to new census data. 

Poll: Kaine, Allen In Dead Heat For Senate Seat

Voters in Virginia are far from having made up their minds between former governors Tim Kaine and George Allen in their race for Virginia's senate seat.

National Zoo's Baby Octopus Has A Name

The National Zoo's new baby octopus got a new name yesterday, thanks to one of the zoo's young fans.

Newt Gingrich Rally In Arlington Tonight

Newt Gingrich will campaign in Virginia today, and will hold a rally in Rosslyn at 7 p.m. Gingrich appears to have pulled ahead of Mitt Romney among Virginia Republicans, according to a new poll released today.

Virginia Committee Seeks Changes To Assisted Living Laws

A Virginia General Ssembly internal watchdog group is calling for osme changes to laws governing funding for senior citizen assisted living programs.

City Hopes 'Girl With Dragon Tattoo' Will Save Lincoln Theatre

City officials are betting on the hit movie The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo to revive the foundering Lincoln Theatre on U Street NW.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Hill: Democrats Hold Firm On Payroll Tax Holiday

With improved polling numbers, President Obama and Senate Democrats are holding firm on their version of the payroll tax holiday -- which likely won't be passed by the end of the year.

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