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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Veterans Share Stories At Alexandria School

Alexandria students got the chance to say "thanks" to veterans in person Nov. 9 during "Take a Veteran to School" day.

Eastern Shore County Told To Return Liquor To Alabama

Worcester County liquor board officials have been ordered to return a large shipment of liquor that may have been purchased by the body without the proper permits.

Nationals Catcher Kidnapped In Venezuela

Washington Nationals starting catcher Wilson Ramos was kidnapped late Wednesday in Venezuela. Fortunately, recent reports indicate that he is alive.

Second Part Of ICC Opens Nov. 22

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The second portion of the ICC, which connects Georgia Ave. with I-95, will open later this month, cutting the travel time for many commuters by a significant margin.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Wife Pleads For Maryland Contractor In Cuban Prison

The wife of a Maryland contractor in a Cuban jail on accusations of espionage is asking for the public's help putting pressure on the government to press for his release.

Schapiro: GOP Control Not A Rubber Stamp For Gov. McDonnell

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Richard Schapiro, political columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, says that things might not go smoothly for Governor Bob McDonnell, even if Republicans officially win a majority in the state senate.

Ward 2 Challenger Drops Out, Citing Intimidation

Fiona Greig, who was poised to challenge Jack Evans for the Ward 2 D.C. Council seat, has dropped out of the race, saying she was the victim of intimidation tactics.

Maryland Sen. Currie May Still Face Sanctions

Maryland state senator Ulysses Currie was acquitted of bribery charges on Tuesday, but he may still face sanctions for not disclosing his consulting relationship with Shoppers Food Warehouse.

On-Time Study: Two D.C. Airports Ranked In Top 10

A survey by Travel and Leisure puts Reagan National and Dulles airports in the top 10 nationwide for on-time flights.

Amtrak's D.C. To Boston Line Won't Be Privatized

A proposed plan  by the U.S. House Transportation Committee to privatize the D.C. to Boston Amtrak line has been tabled for the time being.

D.C. War Memorial Reopens This Week

The D.C. War Memorial, which commemorates the 499 District citizens who served in World War One, will reopen this week after more than a year of restoration work.

Analyzing The Ulysses Currie Verdict

After former Maryland State Senator Ulysses S. Currie is exonerated of federal bribery charges, the Baltimore Sun's state politics reporter outlines what it means for state politics, and for Currie himself, going forward.

National Journal: Election Night Leaves Virginia Dems Down, But Not Out

Virginia elections shake up the state legislature, carving a rough road for Democrats in 2012, and Washington State voters approved privatized liquor sales.

Virginia Excluded From Offshore Drilling List

Areas off the Virginia coast were not included in an Obama Administration offshore drilling plan that was released yesterday.

D.C. To Push For Statehood

D.C. now has stepped up its push for voting rights in Congress, and now has its eye on becoming the 51st state.