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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

More Virginia Schools Fail To Make The Grade

More schools in the Commonwealth of Virginia have failed to meet accreditation standards in English, math, science and history, according to the latest statistics.

Kwame Brown To Land Back In Court For Unspecified Violation

former d.c. council member kwame brown

Kwame Brown has already pleaded guilty to bank fraud and misdemeanor campaign finance charges, but he has landed a new court appointment for a violation that has not yet been specified.

Young African Americans Consume Higher Numbers Of Alcohol Ads

bacardi silver ad

African Americans below the drinking age are more likely to consume advertisements pushing alcohol than youths in general, according to a new study.

Poll: Marylanders Split On Casino, Favor Same-Sex Marriage, Dream Act

A new poll of Maryland voters shows that both the law allowing same-sex marriage and the state's DREAM Act are likely to be upheld in the November elections, but that the issue of expanding gaming in the state still has residents staunchly divided.

Repairs To Begin On Washington Monument

the washington monument in 2011

The Washington Monument will soon be encased in metal scaffolding as repairs begin on the damage caused by the earthquake that struck the east coast in August of 2011.

Analysis: Virginia Senate Candidates' Wives Hit The Trail Hard

The conventions brought lots of commentary on the presidential candidates' wifes, but National Journal's Shane Goldmacher decided to look at the roles Virginia Senate candidates' wives are playing in the campaign. 

Virginia Elections Chief Outlines Absentee Voting Rules

Virginia elections officials are reminding voters about the time frames for absentee ballots, early voting and special stipulations for military members or others living overseas. 

D.C. Council Weighs Changes To MWAA Board

D.C. Council members will vet Mayor Vincent Gray's nominee to the airports authority board today, as well as consider changes to that board's structure recommended by Congress.

Allen Ad Attacks Kaine For Tax Comment During Debate

Republican Senate candidate George Allen is attacking opponent Tim Kaine in a new ad, but Kaine — and one independent fact checker — say the ad is false. 

George Huguely's Lawyers File Appeal In Yeardley Love Murder Case

George Huguely, the former UVA lacrosse player convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend last month, will try to appeal his conviction, according to court filings. 

Maryland Dems Call For Investigation Into Roscoe Bartlett

Maryland Rep. Roscoe Bartlett is facing calls for an investiation from the state's Democrats, who argue his hiring of the Maryland GOP party chairman for his congressional office constitutes a conflict of interest. 

Breathalyzers Back In D.C. Starting Friday

The District's breathalyzer screening program for suspected drunk drivers will go back into effect Friday after the city was able to purchase new, properly calibrated machines. 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Analysis: Renewing The Push To Release Maryland Resident Allen Gross From Cuban Prison

Maryland resident Allen Gross remains in a Cuban jail for allegedly bringing restricted communications equipment into the country. Senator Ben Cardin is leading a renewed push to see him freed.

Virginia Senate Candidates Clash On Sequestration

George Allen and Tim Kaine debate.

Sequestration could have disastrous consequences for Virginia's economy, so naturally, George Allen and Tim Kaine oppose it. Where the Senate candidates differ is on how to approach a budget deal.

PreCheck Program Speeds Up Security At Dulles

TSA administrator John Pistole

Frequent fliers can now submit to screenings well in advance of their flights, allowing them to use new dedicated security lines at airports like Dulles, skipping length waits altogether.