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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

GWU Students Compete To Collect Cell Phones

George Washington University students have been mobilized to collect 20,000 used cell phones, which the school plans to recycle to pay for charity projects in Africa.

Virginia Presidential Ballot Challenge Tossed

A suit by Rick Perry and three other GOP candidates who did not make the Virginia presidential primary ballot has been thrown out by an appeals court, who say the candidates waited too long to make a challenge.

Alleged White House Shooter Facing Additional Charges

The man accused of firing an assault rifle at the White House in November was formally charged Tuesday, and now faces 17 counts, including attempting to assassinate President Obama.

Cigarette Tax Increase Proposed To Lower Va. Car Tax


A Virginia delegate has proposed a four-fold increase in the cigarette tax to fund anti-smoking programs as well as to significantly lower the local car tax.

Metro Delays Expected Through Friday

It may only be a four-day work week for some, but it could be a long one for frequent Metro riders, as delays are expected to continue through the end of the week.

'Occupy Congress' Protesters Gather At Capitol

As Congress reconvenes from their winter recess Tuesday, Occupy protesters from around the country have descended on the west lawn of the Capitol in one of the largest gatherings of Occupy activists.

McDonnell Proposes Removing 20 Unfunded Mandates

Virginia's governor is proposing to get rid of 20 of the unfunded mandates the state currently imposes on local governments -- everything from removing requirements for contract bid advertisements in newspapers to lengthening the time for FOIA request responses. 

Cuccinelli Urges Rejection Of Perry's Bid For Virginia Ballot

Virginia's attorney general is urging a federal judge to reject Texas Gov. Rick Perry's appeal to get on the state's primary ballot.

Video Trains Teachers To Talk LGBT Issues In Grammar School

The D.C. Council is taking up the issue of bullying in the coming weeks, and a new training video being offered to D.C. Public Schools aims to help grammar school teachers speak frankly to their students about gay and lesbian issues.

Maryland Senate Building Floods After Burst Pipe

A pipe that burst in a state senat building in Annapolis has caused some damage and require quite a bit of cleanup. 

D.C. Ranks High Among States With Charter Schools

The District ranks near the top of a list of states with charter schools, according to an annual report released this week.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Education Secretary Joins Service Project At Dunbar High

Lawmakers, federal education officials, and Dunbar HS alumni gathered for a service project at the school to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the civil rights leader's birthday.

Infant Dies After Being Left Out In The Cold

Police are trying to find the parents of an infant that died Sunday night after being left outside in below-freezing temperatures.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Jan. 17

One-act plays, dark surf rock and a tribute to the Boss

Thieves Posing As Cops Rob Driver In SE

Police are warning drivers to be on the lookout for two thieves posing as police officers conducting traffic stops.