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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

SBA Steps Up To Provide Disaster Aid To Va.

While FEMA denied Virginia's request for federal disaster assistance following Tropical Storm Lee, the Small Business Association is stepping up to provide relief to area businesses and residents.

Fairfax School Board To Vote On Surveillance Cameras

The Fairfax County School Board says it will vote on whether to allow surveillance cameras inside of schools by the end of the year.

Recordings Released In Jack Johnson Case

The prosecution in the corruption case of former Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson has released damning tapes of Johnson's conversations with his wife on the day of his arrest.

New Signs In Maryland Tell Pedestrians: 'Do Not Cross'

Silver Spring is hoping to curb the number of traffic accidents involving pedestrians by installing markers alongside roads that explicitly tell residents 'Do Not Cross.'

UMD May Cut 8 Sports Teams

The University of Maryland may cut as many as eight teams from its athletics program next year as part of an effort to reduce the department's budget deficit. 

Union Station Opens New Bus Depot

The renovated Union Station bus depot opens today, creating one hub for arrivals and departures on many of the city's low-cost bus services.

Local MS-13 Prostitution Rings Prompt Call For Harsher Penalties

After several MS-13 gang members were convicted recently for running prostitution rings in the D.C. region, one advocacy group is calling for harsher penalties for the clients that engaged in sex acts with underage girls.

Issa Proposes D.C. Budget Autonomy, With A Catch

One member of Congress is looking to provide the District with more budget autonomy, with one exception: abortion.

PG County To Vote On Slot Machine Ban

The Prince George's County Council is considering a zoning measure Tuesday that would essentially ban slot machines from the county.

Solar Landfill To Power Local Elementary School

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Solar panels installed on a former landfill in Howard County, Maryland are expected to generate 90 percent of the electricity used by a neighboring elementary school.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Trial For Sulaimon Brown Set For February

The trial for former D.C. mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown is now scheduled to take place in February

Cardozo High School Getting $100M Facelift

Cardozo High School, which has served D.C. for nearly a century, will receive $100 million in upgrades through 2013.

Study Abroad Programs More Popular Than Ever

Study abroad programs are bigger than ever -- with record numbers of foreign students studying in the U.S., and American students choosing increasingly diverse places to study.

Maryland's District 6 May Get Another Challenger

A Montgomery County businessman is considering joining what promises to be a crowded race for Maryland's sixth District, which was recently subject to redistricting.

O'Malley: Democrats Will Rebound In 2012

Maryland Democratic governor Martin O'Malley voiced optimism that the defeat of an anti-union law in Ohio is a sign that Democrats may enjoy a swing in their favor in 2012.

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