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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Analysis: No Compromise On Sequester Cuts Close, Despite Obama's Assurance

President Obama sounded confident Monday night that a deal could be struck to avert sequester cuts, but nothing that The Hill's Alex Bolton saw from Congress indicates its likely as yet.

Virginia Beach Could Support NBA Team, Study Shows

Virginia Beach could support an NBA or NHL franchise, an economy study suggests, if the commonwealth can move faster than competing cities on plans to construct an arena.

Self-Driving Vehicles Could Ease Area Traffic

Commuting on area highways can be both slow and stressful. If new, self-driving car technology takes hold, experts say heading to work would be both faster and more leisurely for drivers.

Alexandria City Council To Consider Public Art Policy


Do developers have an obligation to contribute art to the communities in which they build? That's the thrust of a new bill being considered by the Alexandria City Council.

Virginia Leads Nation In Machine Gun Ownership


According to a new report, the Commonwealth of Virginia is the nation's leader in the ownership of machineguns.

Doctor Shortage Looms, Even As Med School Applications Go Up

Hard limits on the number of residencies will eventually create a bottleneck in the medical professional as record numbers of students apply to medical school.

Woman In Custody After Shot Fired Near Walter Reed Medical Center

Police say a suspect is in custody after an altercation at the gates of Walter Reed Medical Center. Reports say at least one shot was fired, but an investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Another D.C. Tax Office Employee Accused Of Fraud

Concerns about oversight at the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue continue as another employee has been implicated in a scheme that cost the city more than $300,000.

Driverless Vehicles Could Appear On D.C. Streets

The District of Columbia is considering allowing driverless vehicles on the city's streets.  D.C. would follow three other states in allowing this new technology.

Arlington Cemetery Debuts Electronic Grave Database

Visitors to Arlington National Cemetery — including families of those buried there — will now be able to locate specific grave sites using an online database and a smartphone application.

UDC Cuts Will Eliminate Jobs, Degree Programs

The University of the District of Columbia will eliminate 20 percent of its degree programs and cut more than 100 jobs under a new plan to "right-size" the public university.

'Fairness' At Heart Of Debate Over Maryland's DREAM Act

One word comes up again and again among advocates on both sides of the fight over Maryland's DREAM Act: fairness.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Smartphone Thefts Make Up Most Metro Robberies

Hold on to that smartphone! D.C. police say most thefts on the Metro are smartphone thefts, a trend they are combatting by promoting better awareness as well as a new cell phone registry.

Virginia Voters To Decide Fate of Amendment On Religious Holidays

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One of the few campaigns on the Virginia ballot which is almost universally supported is an amendment permitting legislators to delay veto sessions a week, so they don't coincide with Passover.

Debate Chat: Final 2012 Presidential Debate

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The third and final debate of the 2012 Presidential campaign will take place Monday night in Boca Raton, Fla. Join us for a live debate chat, beginning at 8:30 p.m., as we break down the debate as it happens.