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Monday, December 19, 2011

National Zoo Gets $4.4M Donation For Pandas

The National Zoo is going to be getting an early Christmas gift -- a donation that funds its panda program for the next five years.

Maryland Wants To Bring FBI Headquarters To Prince George's

Maryland officials are working to bring the Federal Bureau of Investigation to Prince George's County. The FBI's current headquarters in downtown D.C. is outdated and needs to be replaced.

Virginia Lieutenant Governor Eyes New Power

Virginia Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling is gearing up for a busy 2012, given his newly vital role as the tie-breaking vote in the Virginia Senate.

11th Street Bridge Opens

The long-awaited 11th Street Bridge project is beginning to open in Southeast D.C., although D.C. officials say the biggest change will come next year when its third span opens.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Dec. 19

A new Parfumerie in Tysons Corner, Romeo and Juliet in Arlington and Head Wound in Northwest Washington.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Van Hollen Opposes Saving Defense Department From Budget Cuts

Republicans are stepping up efforts to protect the Pentagon from budget cuts, but Rep. Chris Van Hollen says that won't help the economic situation at all.

Virginia Republicans Wait To Weigh In On GOP Candidates

Virginia Republicans have to wait two months before they can weigh in on the GOP race for the White House.

Early Warning System For Earthquakes

Virginia's summer earthquake came as a surprise to everyone, but one professor has a hunch that could lead to an early warning system.

Virginia Officials Offer Tips To Avoid Holiday Scams

Virginia officials are warning residents about scam artists who try to take advantage of the spirit of giving this time of year.

Occupy DC Inspires Protesters Across U.S.

The persistence that has been present among Occupy DC protesters has motivated other protesters across the U.S.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Senate Approves Short-Term Extension Of Payroll Tax Cut

The Senate has approved a two-month extension of the payroll tax cuts, and will continue jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed.

GWU Grad Student Dies From Meningitis

A George Washington University graduate student has died after contracting meningitis.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Ward 7 Candidate Chavous Arrested For Solicitation

Kevin Chavous, a candidate for the Ward 7 seat on the D.C. Council, was arrested early Friday on a charge of soliciting a prostitute.

Lawmakers Claim Small Victory In Mark Center Dispute

Federal lawmakers representing Northern Virginia say they finally have some tools to fight the traffic nightmare that is developing around the Department of Defense's Mark Center complex in Alexandria.

Congregation Hopes Messiah Will Help Save Instrument

A downtown D.C. church is hoping that a fundraiser featuring a special performance of Handel's Messiah will be enough to get their organ back in shape after the August earthquake.

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