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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

New 'PhilanthroPub' Makes Going Out More Socially Responsible

The District is full of charities and non-profits, so residents are no strangers to philanthropy, but one new pub in Northwest D.C. is making it easier to give while enjoying a night out.

Lawmakers, Environmentalists: No Studies, No Fracking

Hydraulic fracturing hasn't gone further than the discussion phase in Maryland, and Democratic lawmakers and environmentalists are adamant it stay that way until further studies into the practice are performed.

Romney Closing Gap On Obama In Virginia, According To Poll

Governor Romney is gaining on President Obama in Virginia — one of this year's most important swing states — according to a new poll by Old Dominion University.

D.C. Speed Cameras Generate $85M In Fiscal 2012

D.C. speed cameras generated more than $85 million in fiscal 2012, and nowhere were more lead-footed drivers caught than on 295 between D.C. and Maryland.

Alleged Family Research Council Shooter Charged With Terrorism

Floyd Lee Corkins II is being charged with committing an act of terrorism after allegedly shooting a security guard at the building of the Family Research Council in August.

Analysis: Virginia Results Could Forecast Rest Of Election Night Returns

Reid Wilson of National Journal Hotline talks about why all eyes may be on Virginia this election night. 

Key Voting Dates

Dates for registration, requesting an absentee ballot, absentee voting, and early voting

Wilson Building Flies St. Louis Flag, To Honor Baseball Bet

Wondering why you a see a strange flag flying over the Wilson building today? It's to settle a bet made between Mayor Vincent Gray and the mayor of St. Louis over the result of the NLDS.

Back In The Saddle At The Washington International Horse Show

Behind the scenes at the Washington International Horse Show, a team of professionals get all of the athletes — human and equine — ready for competition.

Maryland Boy Accused Of Murder Sentenced To Therapeutic Home

A 13-year-old Prince George's County boy received a sentence of being confined to a therapeutic home indefinitely in connection with the death of a 2-year-old foster child living in his family's house. 

Virginia Lawmakers Want Holder To Investigate Voter Registration Fraud

Three Virginia congressmen are calling for a U.S. Department of Justice probe into allegations of registration fraud in several states, including the commonwealth.

Maryland To Vote On Redistricting, And Some Dems Don't Approve

Maryland voters will have to cast their vote for or against the state's new map of  Congressional districts this November, and Democrats in Montgomery County could make a big difference in the outcome.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Activists Both For And Against Gay Marriage Protest At Gallaudet

Gallaudet University has become a flashpoint for discussion about Maryland's gay marriage referendum, even though activists on both sides agree that an employee put on leave for signing a petition should be reinstated.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Analysis: No Compromise On Sequester Cuts Close, Despite Obama's Assurance

President Obama sounded confident Monday night that a deal could be struck to avert sequester cuts, but nothing that The Hill's Alex Bolton saw from Congress indicates its likely as yet.

Virginia Beach Could Support NBA Team, Study Shows

Virginia Beach could support an NBA or NHL franchise, an economy study suggests, if the commonwealth can move faster than competing cities on plans to construct an arena.