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Friday, September 14, 2012

Capitol Bomb Plotter Sentenced To 30 Years

The Alexandria man convicted of a plot to bomb the U.S. Capitol, has received the harshest sentence possible — 30 years.

Metro's Real Time System Monitoring Now In Place

Metro's system-wide real time monitoring system is now fully operational; it's meant to help Metro act more quickly in situations like the one that caused the 2009 fatal Red Line crash.

Moment Of Silence Observed For Slain Prince George's Student

Central High School in Prince George's County is observing a moment of silence on Friday for junior Marckel Ross, who was gunned down on the way to school earlier this week.

Analysis: Controversy Arises Over Missing D.C. Campaign Funds, Virginia Votes On Abortion Clinic Regulations

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney talks about missing D.C. campaign funds, Virginia's abortion clinic regulations, and why a Maryland congressional candidate dropped out of the race.

Analysis: Stopgap Funding Bill Passes Without D.C. Provision

CQ Roll Call's David Hawkings talks about the stopgap funding bill passed this week, how it leaves D.C. budget autonomy out of the mix. 

Bail Hearing For Baltimore School Shooter Postponed

The bail hearing for a Baltimore County high school student accused of wounding a classmate last month has been postponed.

Former Prince George's Cop Sentenced For Cigarette Smuggling

A former Prince George's County police officer will go to jail for five years after being convicted of conspiring to run a cigarette smuggling ring.

Virginia Board Of Health To Vote On New Abortion Clinic Rules

Activists on both sides of the abortion debate are likely to closely watch the Virginia Board of Health meeting today as the board votes on abortion clinic regulations.

D.C.'s Frederick Douglass Statue Will Move To Capitol

Frederick Douglass will finally take his rightful place in the U.S. Capitol, alongside statues representing historic figures from the rest of the United States.

D.C. Launches Mobile Resource For Sexual Violence Victims

The D.C. government is launching a mobile phone app that provides resources to victims of sexual violence on college campuses.

Seeing Stars: Arlington Unveils Revamped Planetarium

The Friends of the Planetarium in Arlington will finally see the fruits of their labor — all $400,000 worth — when the newly renovated school system planetarium reopens to the public next week.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Virginia Board Of Health Approves Tougher Abortion Clinic Regulations

After threats from Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, the state Board of Health voted 13-2 to approve strict new regulations for abortion clinics that opponents say will put them out of business.

Area Governments Receive Bonus Federal Transportation Funds

Virginia, Maryland the District will each receive millions in unspent federal transportation funding, as the FHA redistributes unused fundings from other states across the country.

Washington National Opera Names Permanent Artistic Director

Francesca Zambello has just been named the permanent Artistic Director at the Washington National Opera, effective in 2013.

Archives To Display 'Fifth Page' Of Constitution For First Time

The oft-forgotten "fifth page" of the U.S. Constitution will be on display at the National Archives this weekend for the first time ever.