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Thursday, December 8, 2011

D.C. Affordable Housing Complex Gets Solar Panels

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A D.C. affordable housing complex just got a little greener with the announcement that it will be powered in part by solar energy.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

National Report Card Scores DCPS Below Average

The results of the federal National Report Card study are in, and while DCPS showed improvements in certain areas, the scores still lagged behind the average of other public schools in large cities.

D.C. Area Braces As Flood Warning Issued


The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory through Thursday, as the D.C. area braces itself for flooding and possible snow.

School Closings And Other Official Closings

A roundup of school and other official government closings during inclement weather from our partner NBC Washington.

GovExec: Ranking Federal Agencies' Tweets

A new report is looking at how well federal agencies are using Twitter to interact with the public.  

Dozens Arrested At Occupy DC Protest On K St.

Police arrested 61 people Wednesday, when Occupy DC protesters attempted take over several intersections near McPherson Square after their march against lobbyists on K St.

Jack Johnson To Report To Prison Feb. 3

Former Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson will get to spend the holidays a free man before reporting to prison in February.

Young Woman Stabbed In Silver Spring HS Parking Lot

A young woman was stabbed last night in Northwood High School parking lot in Silver Spring, and police have identified several young women from Kennedy High School as suspects.

Snow In Tonight's Forecast For D.C. Area

Snow is in the forecast for the D.C. area this week, which has officials talking about winter weather preparedness.

Ethics Bill Passes D.C. Council

The D.C. Council gave preliminary approval to an ethics reform bill this week, but not before fighting over certain more stringent provisions that ultimately didn't make it into the bill. 

Four Schools Fail New D.C. Public Charter School Rankings

D.C.'s Public Charter School Board unveiled their new ranking system, splitting the District's 70 charter schools into three tiers -- with potentially dire consequences for low-scorers.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

D.C. Residents Help Occupy Congress

The 'Take Back The Capitol' protests began in earnest Tuesday, with D.C. residents among those occupying the offices of Republicans like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

After DWI, FAA Administrator Resigns

Randy Babbitt, the FAA administrator arrested for drunk driving in Fairfax over the weekend, has officially tendered his resignation.

The Hill: Sen. McCain's Presidential Endorsement, GOP Leadership In Senate

 The Hill's Alex Bolton says Senator McCain may go back on his promise to stay neutral in the bid for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, potentially tipping the scales in Romney's favor.

Residents React To Jack Johnson Sentencing

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Reaction from residents was mixed to the sentencing of former Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson to more than 7 years in federal prison on corruption charges.