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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

TSA Pushes PreCheck Program Before Holiday Rush

Before the holiday crush at area airports, the TSA is pitching expedited screening processes to frequent fliers, as well as reminding travelers what holiday items are allowed.

Advocacy Groups Call On Virginia Senators To Let Bush-Era Tax Cuts Expire

With the "fiscal cliff" looming next year, a coalition of advocacy groups are calling on Virginia lawmakers to support the expiration of Bush-era tax cuts in the hopes that additional revenue could stave off cuts to social spending.

Norton: D.C. Flag Should Be Flown At Military Ceremonies

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton wants the U.S. military to display the District's flag during official military ceremonies where other states' flags are flown. 

Alleged East Coast Rapist's Plea Deal Is Off

The alleged "East Coast rapist" has backed out of a plea deal this morning after telling a judge in Northern Virginia that he wasn't sure if he knew what he was doing.

Kwame Brown Sentenced To One Day In Jail On Bank Fraud Charged

Former D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown was sentenced to one day in prison and six months home detention on a federal bank fraud conviction. He will appear in a different court later today on a campaign finance violation. 

As 495 Express Lanes Open, Advocates Ponder VDOT Funding Picture

Virginia officials will today celebrate the opening of the state's latest transportation infrastructure project, the I-495 Express lanes. But transportation advocates wonder about funding for the next big project. 

Homeless In Ocean City: Worcester County Faces Growing Need

The summer in Ocean City, Md. may be all sunshine and orange crushes, but an increasing number of those who live year-round in the coastal city are struggling with homelessness. One of them, Kenny, shares his story. 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Nats' Bryce Harper Named NL Rookie Of The Year

Washington Nationals rookie phenom Bryce Harper was honored Monday as the National League's Rookie of the Year award.

Montgomery College Student Arrested For Alleged Shooting Threat

Montgomery County Police have arrested a 19-year-old man on the campus for Montgomery County for allegedly threatening to "shoot up" the school.

Service Members Speak With Virginia Students Over Skype

Service members deployed overseas were popular on Veterans Day, as both a group of young students in Virginia, as well as the Maryland governor, kept in contact on Veterans Day using Skype.

Gay Marriage Law Expected To Generate $63M In Maryland

The state of Maryland stands to gain quite a bit from the decision voters made on Election Day to pass the same-sex marriage referendum, as wedding-related expenditures generate significant revenue.

Kennedy Center's Theater Lab Reopens After Renovation

The Theater Lab is just the latest Kennedy Center theater to complete a renovation, reopening on Monday night with a free performance featuring music and poetry.

Montgomery Co. Superintendent Delivers First 'State Of The Schools' Address

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Dr. Joshua Starr praised the Montgomery County School system in his first-ever "State of the Schools" address Monday, appealing to business leaders and defending public education against its critics.

Baltimore City Employees Accused Of Stealing Scrap Metal

Several employees of Baltimore's Department of Transportation are accused of stealing city property and selling it for scrap metal. 

Alexandria Elementary School Honors Vets With Breakfast

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On this observed Veteran's Day, some elementary school students in Alexandria are participating in a time-honored tradition.