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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Maryland Board Recommends State Debt Limit Increase

A Maryland fiscal advisory board is recommending that the state increase its debt limit by $125 million, which would bring the total debt limit up above $925 million. 

Nationals Clinch National League East Title

The Washington Nationals clinched the National League East Division title last night despite a loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. Their postseason position still depends on their next two games.

Council Supports Referendum On D.C. Budget Autonomy

All 12 D.C. Council members signed on to an amendment to the D.C. Charter offered by chair Phil Mendelson that may offer a path to budget autonomy by referendum, circumventing the congressional process.

Cyclists Push For Completion Of Metropolitan Branch Trail

D.C. bicycling advocates are calling for action on making the Metropolitan Branch Trail off-street all the way from Union Station to Silver Spring. 

Monday, October 1, 2012

NSF Warns That State Cuts Hurt Education, Research

With budgets shrinking and enrollments on the rise, schools in states like Virginia are offering a diminished education experience to their students and risk a drop-off in the quality of research.

Montgomery County Council President Not Sweating Sequestration

If Congress doesn't act to avert sequestration cuts by next year, the impact on the D.C. area could be huge. Montgomery County's Roger Berliner believes Maryland's growth will keep it afloat regardless.

More Information About Retirement Plans Offered To D.C. Employees

Following reports that retirement funds for D.C. employees were inproperly accounted for, the District government says they are working to improve transparency.

Berliner Likens Potential Pepco Strike To NFL's Replacement Refs

Members of Pepco's workers union are not yet on strike after rejecting a contract offer from the utility last week, and Montgomery County's Roger Berliner is hopeful that management won't have to step in as replacements.

Mendelson Praises LivingSocial For Backstopping Nats' Metro Tab

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The D.C. Council Chairman praised LivingSocial for stepping in putting up a deposit that will ensure that Nationals fans get late-night Metro service during the team's first playoff appearance.

D.C. Food Trucks Begin Charging Sales Tax

The District is now treating food trucks more like restaurants, which means lunch may cost a little more.

Maryland Man Pleads Guilty To Stealing Thousands In Parking Fees

A former parking lot attendant at the Smithsonian's Air and Space annex in Chantilly has pleaded guilty to stealing $4,000 in parking fees.

Analysis: Eric Cantor Favored In Virginia's 7th Congressional District

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks about Republican Rep. Eric Cantor's rising star status.

Occupy DC Marks One Year Anniversary

A few dozen members of Occupy DC turned out to Farragut Square to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the movement in the District.

Alleged Family Research Council Shooter Due In Court

A man accused of shooting an armed guard inside of a conservative Christian lobbying group is due back in federal court today.

Metrobus Route Changes Go Into Effect

Thirty of the area's Metrobus routes are changing as the agency tries to improve its performance for the bus system.