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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Activists March For Fracking Tax In Maryland

Opponents of the controversial fracking techniqueare marching in support of a bill introduced in Maryland that would impose a tax on land leased for extracting natural gas.

Metro Releases Top 10 Stations With Most Crime In 2011

Metro has compiled the list of the most dangerous stations in the system, with Deanwood and Anacostia stations having the most dangerous crimes in 2011. Overall, crime is down 16 percent throughout the Metro system.

GWU Library Evacuated After Report Of Gunman

A gunman spotted near George Washington University late Monday night caused the school's main library to be evacuated. The gunman was not apprehended.

In GOP Primary, Va. Voters See Limited Influence

Virginia voters will vote in the presidential primary today, but some are worried that their limited ballot choices will mean diminished influence for the primary's results.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Proposed Loyalty Oath Hurts Interest In Virginia GOP Primary

The Virginia Republican party reconsidered requiring a loyalty oath of primary voters, but residents of the commonwealth report that the controversy had a chilling effect on their interest in the contest.

Judge Rules Maryland's Handgun Law Unconstitutional

A judge struck down Maryland's handgun permit law, saying that it's requirement that residents demonstrate a "good and substantial" reason for possessing a firearm violates the second amendment.

Alexandria Council Resists Calls For Increased Pay, Funding

Members of the Alexandria City Council are resisting calls from employees for cost-of-living increases as well as funding requests to help area children, citing the tax increases that would be required.

Suspicious Money Orders Linked To Vincent Orange

Money orders from friends and associates of Jeffrey Thompson, a prolific political donor whose office was raided last week, have been tied to D.C. councilmember Vincent Orange.

D.C. Cashes In On Traffic Fines From 2011

The District collected nearly $93 million in traffic fines last year.

Redskins Players Describe Williams' 'Bounty System'

Several Redskins players spoke out over the weekend about former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and his alleged bounty system, which rewarded players with cash bonuses for deliberately injuring opposing players.

CQ Roll Call: Eric Cantor Weighs In On Virginia Primary

Republican House Leader Eric Cantor weighs in on Tuesday's Virginia primary, saying Mitt Romney is the candidate most suited to create jobs.

Snow Greets D.C. Area, Little Accumulation Expected

A wintry mix is making its way through the D.C. area, but the snow flurries and icy rain is expected to taper off by early afternoon.

Smithsonian Partners With NASA To Welcome Discovery

The Smithsonian Institution is working with NASA to plan a four-day festival next month to welcome space shuttle Discovery to its collection.

Rescued Bald Eagle Euthanized Due To Injuries

Animal experts have euthanized a bald eagle found near Metro tracks in Virginia last week because its injuries were too extensive for it to be rejuvenated.

Virginia Tech Wrongful Death Lawsuit Goes To Court

A wrongful death lawsuit filed by parents of two victims of the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting goes to trial in Virginia today.