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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Virginia Board Rejects Anti-Discrimination Language For Adoptions

Language that would have prevented adoption agencies from discriminating against couples based on sexual orientation, disability, national origin and political beliefs was rejected Wednesday.

Maryland Senator Moves To Criminalize Voter Suppression

In response to the recent conviction of former Maryland governor Bob Ehrlick's campaign manager, Ben Cardin (D-Md.) is responding with legislation to criminalize voter suppression in all its forms.

D.C. EMS, Armed Forces Practice Terror Response

The goal of the exercise is to improve the cooperation and communication between local emergency responders and the specialized military unit.

Baby Jesus Stolen From Fredericksburg Nativity Scene

Police in Fredericksburg, Va. have reported the theft of Baby Jesus from a nativity scene at the Central Park shopping center, and they are turning to the web to try and track it down.

O'Donnell Challenging Hoyer For Maryland's 5th District

In a video released Wednesday, Anthony O'Donnell -- the Republican leader in the U.S. House of Delegates -- announced his intention to unseat U.S. House minority whip Steny Hoyer in Maryland's 5th district.

West Virginia's Coal Plants Rank 7th-Worst For Mercury

West Virginia's coal-fired power plants rank 7th-worst in the country for mercury emissions, according to a new report.

Maryland Mail Sorting Centers Get Reprieve

Two mail sorting centers in Maryland which were slated for closure are getting a second look, thanks to the attention of handful of senators.

Increase Gubernatorial Term Limits, Virginia Dems Say

Democrats in Virginia's House of Delegates are calling for a state amendment to extend the term limit for the governor's office beyond one term, saying it would force those in office to make better long-term decisions.

Hearing For White House Shooter Scheduled For Friday

The suspect that allegedly shot at the White House on Veterans' Day last month is is due back in court Friday for a hearing on his mental competence.

Mikulski Pushes For Stronger Child Abuse Reporting Laws

Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D) is working with a Senate subcommittee on children and families to strengthen requirements for the reporting of child sexual abuse.

Offshore Wind Company Pulls Out Of Delaware Project

The developer of an offshore wind farm in Delaware is pulling out of the project, citing market pressures.

'Uncurbed' Brings Food Truck Patrons In Out Of The Cold

Uncurbed D.C. launches this week, attempting to give food trucks a chance to go brick-and-mortar for a week, and property owners the chance to activate a vacant space.

D.C. Council Digs In On Corporate Contributions

Campaign filings show the D.C. Council is relying more on corporate contributions for their campaigns than in years past, which calls into question their resistance to closing the LLC loophole in ethics legislation.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Local Swedes Mark Santa Lucia Day

With the help of the Swedish embassy, local swedes get a little taste of their home holiday traditions with the celebration of Santa Lucia Day.

The Hill: Loss For Tea Party Republicans, Federal Funding Squabbles

Roy Blunt defeated Ron Johnson for the highly contested position of Vice Chairman of the Republican Conference Tuesday, which could signal the tack the GOP takes in the 2012 election.