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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Feeling The Effects Of Legacy Pollution

Despite efforts to clean up lakes, rivers and wetlands during the past 40 years, many of the region's waterways, as well as the people and creatures living and playing in them, are still haunted by a legacy of pollution that was deposited decades, sometimes even centuries, ago.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Norwood Guilty Of First-Degree Murder

A jury has found Brittany Norwood guilty of murder in the first degree for killing her coworker Jayna Murray at the Lululemon yoga boutique in Bethesda. Sentencing is in January, and prosecutors are seeking life without parole.

Virginia Education Forum Focuses On Job Skills

In an education forum in Richmond Wednesday, Governor Bob McDonnell emphasized that businesses need to chip in with education strategy in order to create more employable high school graduates.

Man At Center Of Feeding Tube Debate Dies

A Frederick man who was at the center of controversy about whether his feeding tube should be removed died Wednesday before a hearing that would have decided his fate.

Montgomery County Will Add GPS To Battle Snow

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Montgomery County is expanding its GPS-enabled snow plows this year, adding dashboard GPS systems with pre-programmed routes for drivers to follow.

Suspect In McQuain Slaying Back In Maryland

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Curtis Lopez, who is charged with the murder of Jane McQuain and is the suspect in the murder of 11-year-old William McQuain, has been extradited to Montgomery County.

The Hill: Compromise Needed In Super Committee

The Hill senior staff writer Alex Bolton says the expectation is that Republicans are going to have to offer more in order to reach a deal on cutting the budget deficit.

High Stakes In Virginia Elections

Election Day is less than a week away, and the races in Virginia are expected to foreshadow the state's political climate for the coming year and the 2012 General Election. 

Jury Deliberation Underway At Norwood Trial

Closing arguments wrapped up Wednesday afternoon, and jury deliberation is underway in the trial of Brittany Norwood, accused of the first-degree murder of her coworker.

Reagan Statue Installed At Airport

A new 9-foot-tall statue of Ronald Reagan now preside over Terminal A at Reagan National Airport.

DOD Coughs Up $270M To Ease BRAC Traffic

Local lawmakers are finally getting what they asked for: the Department of Defense will put in $270 million for road projects to reduce traffic resulting from BRAC near Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda and Fort Belvoir in Fairfax County. 

Mayor Voices Concerns Over Security at 'Occupy Baltimore'

Occupy Baltimore protesters, who have been camping in Inner Harbor's McKeldin Square for several weeks, are now facing some security challenges that concern Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

Maryland Immigrants Get A Boost Toward Citizenship

For many immigrants, a little help with the fee standing between them and U.S. citizenship can go a long way.

Biddle To Run For D.C. Council Seat

Former D.C. Council member Sekou Biddle will make another run for the council next year. He filed papers with the elections board Tuesday to run as a Democrat for the at-large seat currently held by Council member Vincent Orange in the April 2012 primary.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Victim's Mother Testifies In Lululemon Trial

Phyllis Murray, the mother of the victim in the murder at the Lululemon store in Bethesda, Maryland, was allowed to testify on Tuesday.

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