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Friday, September 14, 2012

Montgomery County Mortgage Scammer Sentenced To 7 Years

A Montgomery County man was sentenced on Friday for conducting a scam that cost predominantly Latino homeowners in the area more than $50,000 during the height of the mortgage crisis.

Remembering D.C. Theater Icon Jaylee Mead

D.C. theater icon Jaylee Mead died Friday at the age of 83, but her memory will not be forgotten. Long-time friend and colleague Victor Shargai discusses her remarkable life.

Weekend Track Work On Four Metro Lines

Track work will add extra travel time to four of the five Metro lines this weekend, with only Yellow line riders escaping with normal weekend travel times.

Organization Help Veterans Access College

An organization is helping young veterans access higher education.

Capitol Bomb Plotter Sentenced To 30 Years

The Alexandria man convicted of a plot to bomb the U.S. Capitol, has received the harshest sentence possible — 30 years.

Metro's Real Time System Monitoring Now In Place

Metro's system-wide real time monitoring system is now fully operational; it's meant to help Metro act more quickly in situations like the one that caused the 2009 fatal Red Line crash.

Moment Of Silence Observed For Slain Prince George's Student

Central High School in Prince George's County is observing a moment of silence on Friday for junior Marckel Ross, who was gunned down on the way to school earlier this week.

Analysis: Controversy Arises Over Missing D.C. Campaign Funds, Virginia Votes On Abortion Clinic Regulations

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney talks about missing D.C. campaign funds, Virginia's abortion clinic regulations, and why a Maryland congressional candidate dropped out of the race.

Analysis: Stopgap Funding Bill Passes Without D.C. Provision

CQ Roll Call's David Hawkings talks about the stopgap funding bill passed this week, how it leaves D.C. budget autonomy out of the mix. 

Bail Hearing For Baltimore School Shooter Postponed

The bail hearing for a Baltimore County high school student accused of wounding a classmate last month has been postponed.

Former Prince George's Cop Sentenced For Cigarette Smuggling

A former Prince George's County police officer will go to jail for five years after being convicted of conspiring to run a cigarette smuggling ring.

Virginia Board Of Health To Vote On New Abortion Clinic Rules

Activists on both sides of the abortion debate are likely to closely watch the Virginia Board of Health meeting today as the board votes on abortion clinic regulations.

D.C.'s Frederick Douglass Statue Will Move To Capitol

Frederick Douglass will finally take his rightful place in the U.S. Capitol, alongside statues representing historic figures from the rest of the United States.

D.C. Launches Mobile Resource For Sexual Violence Victims

The D.C. government is launching a mobile phone app that provides resources to victims of sexual violence on college campuses.

Seeing Stars: Arlington Unveils Revamped Planetarium

The Friends of the Planetarium in Arlington will finally see the fruits of their labor — all $400,000 worth — when the newly renovated school system planetarium reopens to the public next week.