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Friday, January 6, 2012

Harry Covert, Alexandria Jail's Dynamic PIO, Retires

The Alexandria jail is saying goodbye to the man who helped put it on the map -- in a good way -- as public information officer Harry Covert retires this week. 

D.C. National Guard Soldiers Deploy To Afghanistan

The District is saying goodbye to 80 of its hometown soldiers this week, as part of the D.C. National Guard ships off to Afghanistan.

Virginia's ACLU Against Republican Party's Loyalty Oath

The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia is threatening legal action if the Republican Party fails to drop a loyalty oath required from voters in this year's presidential primary.

Harry Thomas Jr. Pleads Guilty

D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. is out, and he is expected to plead guilty to stealing more than $350,000 from the city later today. He could serve more than a year in jail. 

Door To Door: Bellevue, D.C. And Cherrydale, Va.

It's our weekly trip around the region. This week, we visit Bellevue in Southwest D.C. and Cherrydale in Arlington, Va.

Photos Of Power: China's Empress Dowager

The Freer Gallery of Art is dusting off old black-and-white images of the woman once known as the most powerful in Asia: the Empress Dowager.

D.C. Playwright Shines The Spotlight On Married Sex

A local playwright takes her struggles with intimacy to the stage in a new comedy called Married Sex.

Environmentalists And Fishermen Team Up To Save Oysters

We go inside a new program designed to replenish oysters stocks in the Chesapeake Bay by teaching fishermen to farm.

Microbes May Come To The Rescue Of Endangered Frogs

A local researcher discovers a potential breakthrough in the global scramble to save endangered frogs.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Independent Candidates Get More Scrutiny In Virginia

Under current Virginia law, Republicans and Democrats are not subject to the same levels of scrutiny as independents when it comes to ballot petitions, which some are hoping to change.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Local Va. Leaders Hope To Prioritize Transportation

Northern Virginia leaders are pessimistic about how well legislation aimed at funding public transportation would fare in the commonwealth's general assembly starting next week.

Maryland Reaches Mortgage Settlement With Wells Fargo

Maryland's attorney general announced an agreement with Wells Fargo that will yield loan modications for some customers who were the victims of predatory loans.

Following Charges, Calls For Harry Thomas Jr. To Resign

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Several city leaders, including D.C. mayor Vincent Gray, are calling for councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. to resign following charges of theft of public funds and filing a false tax return.

Barry To Seek Third Straight Council Term

Former mayor Marion Barry is preparing to seek his third straight term as the representative for Ward 8 on the D.C. Council.

NVTC Considers Hiring Richmond Lobbyist

The Northern Virginia Transportation Commission is considering hiring a lobbyist to represent its interest within the commonwealth, despite some opposition to the idea.