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Monday, February 6, 2012

Bill To Allow Slots In Prince George's County Introduced

A bill is expected to be introduced today in the Maryland Senate that would allow slot machines and other gambling games in Prince George's County.

George Huguely Trial Begins Today In Charlottesville

Jury selection is underway in the murder trial of UVA lacrosse player George Huguely, who pleaded not-guilty Monday to charges including first-degree murder.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Lawmakers Split Over Refinancing Proposal

The region's lawmakers are split on party lines over President Obama's proposal to help millions of families refinance their homes.

Arlington County Considers Changes To Sign Regulations

Arlington County board members are about to consider changes to rules detailing sign regulations, an issue that has been hotly debated for years.

D.C. Cracks Down On Handicap Parking Violators

D.C. is getting ready to crack down on handicap parking violators at the new Red Top meters.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Feb. 6

Political theater, film and art perfectly suited for an election year.

Archives Unveils Restored Magna Carta

After millions of dollars worth of restoration, the National Archives is unveiling its newly restored copy of the Magna Carta later this month.

D.C. Public Library's Fine Forgiveness Program Ends

The D.C. Public Library's fine forgiveness program is coming to an end.

Police Clear Tents From Occupy DC's McPherson Camp

Occupy DC protestors have moved into a new phase after U.S. Park Police cleared parts of their McPherson Square encampment Saturday.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

New App Navigates Users Through Virginia State Parks

A new smartphone app will make it easier for visitors to navigate trails and other attractions at Virginia state parks.

Virginia House Education Committee Passes 'Tebow Bill'

A bill that would allow homeschooled students to participate in public school athletics has passed the House Education Committee, despite receiving criticism from public school administrators, teachers and PTA advocates.

Friday, February 3, 2012

D.C. Leaders Review School's Security Policies After Alleged Sexual Assault

As police continue their investigation of an alleged sexual assault at a D.C. elementary school, city leaders are calling for a wide-ranging review of the school system's security policies.

WAMU 88.5's Jerry Gray Dies At 78

Jerry Gray, longtime host and one of WAMU 88.5's most influential personalities, died Thursday at age 78.

Metro Continues Weekend Track Work

Two Metro stations in Virginia will be closed this weekend, and single-tracking on part of the Red Line will cause delays.

CETUSA Banned From Bringing In Foreign Students

Foreign students hoping to work in Ocean City this summer may have to find a new sponsor company, as the U.S. State Department has banned one of the country's leading work and travel companies from bringing students in to work.