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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Record Number Of Absentee Ballots Expected In Virginia

Election officials in Virginia are expecting a record number of absentee ballots this year.

Gun-Related Deaths Outnumber Vehicle Deaths In D.C. Area

More people are killed from gunshots than from motor vehicle accidents in the D.C. region, according to a new study.

Drywall Legislation Passes House, Heads To Senate

Legislation to help families in Virginia affected by toxic Chinese drywall has passed the U.S. House.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Technology-Based Program Teaches D.C. Students Math

Middle school students in D.C. will soon begin learning math using a new technology-based, individualized model.

Montgomery County Provides Drop Box For Voters

The voter registration deadline in Maryland is next week, and election officials in Montgomery County are trying to make it easier for anyone who still hasn't registered.

Maryland Hospital Worker Sentenced For Stealing Patient Info

A Maryland hospital worker has been sentenced for his involvement in identity theft of confidential patient information.

Last Minute Write-In Campaign Fails To Unseat Berlin Mayor

The battle between a small town mayor and the town's fire department continues to heat up.

Friday, October 12, 2012

CAIR Counters 'Defeat Jihad' Ads With Their Own

The Council for American-Islamic Relations has taken out ads urging tolerance in response to the ads from the American Freedom Defense Initiative that have been perceived as anti-Muslim.

Environmentalists And Poultry Industry Square Off In Hudson Trial

A trial pitting environmentalists and an Eastern Shore family farm may set some important precedent for the way that chicken waste is handled in agriculture.

The Youth Of A District: Nine D.C. College Students Run For ANC

There are nine college students running for the Advisory Neighborhood Commission in the District this year. While some applaud their civic engagement, opponents say they're not ready.

Analysis: Support For Expanded Gambling In Maryland Unclear, Polls Show Virginia Still Swinging

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney talks about the latest in expanded gambling in Maryland, and what the latest poll numbers in Virginia mean.

Weekend Track Work Will Wait For End Of Nats Game

navy yard metro station

Track work will snare the Green Line and Red Line this weekend, but Metro had been merciful enough to delay its start until after the conclusion of the Nats game, which begins at 8:30 p.m.

Analysis: Obama And Romney Head To Virginia, Prepare For Next Debate

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks about Virginia and the latest polling numbers for Obama and Romney.

3-Day Breast Cancer Walk Kicks Off In D.C.

Nearly 2,000 walkers kicked off the Susan G. Komen 3-day Walk for the Cure in D.C. Friday, preparing for three days and 60 miles for breast cancer awareness using the slogan "everyone deserves a lifetime." 

Report Of Chicken Falling From Sky Raises Eyebrows

Department of environmental quality officials in Virginia are trying to get to the bottom of reports that pieces of raw chicken fell from the sky.