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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Gallaudet Diversity Officer Fires Back Over Petition Controversy

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After being put on administrative leave for signing a petition to put Maryland's same-sex marriage law on the ballot, Gallaudet's chief diversity officer is calling the school's response bullying and intolerant.

Alexandria Mayor Accuses Challenger Of Not Being 'Team Player'

At a candidates forum this week, Alexandria mayor Bill Euille and challenger Andrew Macdonald sparred over the latter being a "team player" and whether that was a necessary quality for the office.

Debate Chat: Presidential Town Hall At Hofstra University

The second of three Presidential debates will take place Tuesday night at 9 p.m. from Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. Join NPR bloggers and political editors tonight for a live chat starting at 8:30 p.m.

Practical Joke At D.C. High School Triggers Massive Emergency Response

A prank at St. John's College High School triggered a large D.C. Fire and hazmat crew response for what turned out to be a practical joke.

ATM Repair Man Stole Money From ATMs He Was Supposed To Fix

A West Virginia ATM technician has pleaded guilty to stealing money from the ATMs he was assigned to service.

Virginia General Fund Revenues Lag In September

Virginia's tax revenues are lagging behind projections due to uncertainty surrounding federal regulations, says the state's finance secretary.

EnviroCab Adds All-Electric Nissan Leaf To Its Fleet

Arlington taxi company EnviroCab is testing out the use of an all-electric vehicle as part of its 50-car fleet. 

D.C. Won't Renew Contract With Thompson's Company

The D.C. government is unlikely to renew its contract with Chartered Health Plan, the health care company owned by Jeffrey Thompson, the millionaire fundraiser who has been tied to Mayor Vince Gray's "shadow campaign" in 2010.

Gallaudet Official Suspended For Signing Gay Marriage Referendum Petition

A Gallaudet University diversity officer who was placed on leave after signing a petition concerning Maryland's gay marriage referendum speaks today in Annapolis.

Fairfax County Cracks Down On Campaign Signs

A small change to Virginia law has changed the campaign landscape in Fairfax County in 2012; gone are the ubiquitious campaign signs that used to fill medians and other public property. 

Monday, October 15, 2012

D.C.'s Chief Tax Appraiser Steps Down

Following renewed criticism about the way that the D.C. Tax Office handles security, chief tax appraiser Tony George has handed in his resignation.

Car Travel Will Continue To Dominate Regional Economy, Study Says

Despite investments in mass transit and infrastructure, car travel will continue to dominate in the D.C. region, according to a recent study. Transportation advocates dispute those findings.

Lost Virginia Hikers Found In Montana's Glacier National Park

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Two hikers, one from Maryland and another Virginia, were reported missing after they failed to return home after taking a trip to Glacier National Park. Authorities found them Monday.

Prince George's Cops On Trial For 2010 UMD Beating

The trial of two Maryland police officers who were video taped abusing a University of Maryland student after a 2010 basketball victory began this week, and lawyers for the defense are saying the officers were just following orders.

Pavilion At St. Elizabeth's Planned For Next Spring

The District will build a $5 million pavilion at the St. Elizabeth's Hospital campus that will provide for a place for restaurants, a farmers market and other vendors to serve the new officies going in there.