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Monday, December 5, 2011

DWI Charge For FAA Administrator

The administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration has taken a leave of absence after being arrested for a DWI charge in Fairfax on Saturday.

Felony Provision Almost Derails D.C. Ethics Bill

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The D.C. Council is rushing to pass ethics legislation before year's end, but the bill was almost derailed in committee over a provision that would include an expulsion mechanism for elected officials convicted of a felony.

CQ Roll Call: Low Congressional Support For Gingrich, Talks On Payroll Tax Cut Continue

Although some recent polls show Newt Gingrich in the lead for the Republican presidential field, Congressional support for the former Speaker has been low.

Division Of Labor: DCentric's Elahe Izadi Talks About D.C. Unemployment

There are more jobs than residents in Washington, D.C., yet the city's unemployment rate continues to hover above the national average. DCentric's new series examines the disparity, and addresses the city's efforts to mitigate the issue.

Caps Look To SF Giants For 'Dynamic Ticketing' Model

What does the Caps' recent decision to go to 'dynamic ticketing' mean for fans? In some cases, lower ticket prices. 

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D.C. may be recession-proof, but unemployment is 26 percent in some areas. DCentric reports on the disparity.

Source: D.C. Council To Ask Harry Thomas Jr. To Take Leave Of Absence

Members of the D.C. Council met behind closed doors Monday to discuss the recent scandal surrounding Harry Thomas Jr. -- reports indicate that Kwame Brown will ask him to take a paid leave of absence.

Lawmakers Try Again For Compromise On Payroll Tax

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) is one of the lawmakers calling for a compromise on extending payroll tax breaks for middle income families.

Occupy D.C. Protesters Arrested Over Structure

Police arrested more than two dozen Occupy DC protesters after the group failed to take down the wooden structure they erected in McPherson Square overnight.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Metro Using Gators In Parking Garages

Metro Police are employing gators - enclosed golf carts - in some Metro parking garages, in an effort to reduce crime and prevent theft.

Mayor Challenges Report Claiming Salisbury Is 4th Dangerous U.S. City

Salisbury Mayor Jim Ireton is challenging a report that placed his city in the top five most dangerous places in the country to live.

Road Work In Anacostia Begins This Week

A 4-month road construction project in Anacostia is set to begin this week.

VA Tech Facing Fines For 2007 Massacre

Virginia Tech is facing a federal fine for allegedly failing to alert students about the deadly shooter that left 33 people dead in 2007.

Tolls On The ICC Go Into Effect Monday

The days of driving free on the ICC are coming to an end. Tolls will go in effect beginning Dec. 5.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Obama Campaign Kicks Off In Virginia

Volunteers for President Obama's 2012 presidential campaign kicked off the battle for votes this weekend.

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