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Thursday, August 23, 2012

George Huguely's Request For New Trial Denied

A judge has denied fromer UVA lacrosse player George Huguely's request for a new trial after he was convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend, Yeardley Love, earlier this year. Huguely will be sentenced Aug.30. 

D.C. Mayor Turns Focus To DNC In Statehood Fight

D.C.'s ongoing battle for statehood faced a setbacks this week as Republicans made their opposition to statehood part of the national platform. Now, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray will turn his attention to Democrats. 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

National Cathedral Repairs Begin On Anniversary Of Earthquake

A crocket stone was blessed and put into place on Thursday afternoon, as repairs on the National Cathedral officially begin on the anniversary of the 5.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the D.C. region.

GOP Convention A Big Moment For Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell

The Republican National Convention, which is slated to begin next Monday, may be the moment that Gov. Bob McDonnell gets his big push into the national limelight.

Officials Work To Mitigate Effects Of Derailment On Ellicott City

While no explanation as to the cause of the train derailment in Ellicott City, Md., has been offered yet, rail company CSX is working on cleaning up the spilled coal and compensating local businesses.

Washington Monument On Firm Foundation, Even After Earthquake

The Washington Monument didn't sink at all, even after the 5.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the D.C. region almost one year ago, according to a report.

Prince William Co. Searches For Master Gardeners

Prince William County is seeking out so-called "master gardeners" for a program that would help instruct area residents about the intricacies of proper plant and lawn care.

Sen. Mikulski To Speak At Democratic Nation Convention

Senator Barbara Mikulski joins a growing list of D.C. Metro politicians that will occupy high-profile speaking spots at political conventions in the next few weeks.

Ellicott City Cleans Up After Coal Train Derailment

Ellicott City residents are still trying to pick up the pieces after the CSX train derailment that shut down the city's main thoroughfare earlier in the week.

Maryland Court Exempts 'Cross-Breeds' From Pit Bull Ruling

The Maryland Court of Appeals exempts pit bull cross-breeds from the "inherently dangerous breed of dog" liability provisions, citing confusion as to what "cross-breed" really means.

Maryland Panel Looks At Gun Access For Mentally Disabled

A Maryland task force is examining access to guns for people with mental disabilities, as well as gun regulators' access to people's mental health records.

Federal Court Rules Against EPA Downwind Pollution Rule

A federal court has ruled that the EPA cannot crack down on power plant pollution that contributes to unhealthy air quality in plants' neighboring states. 

Task Force To Look At Bloomingdale, LeDroit Park Flooding

D.C. Mayor Vince Gray has appointed a task force to determine what can be done about the flooding that plagues the Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park neighborhoods in Northwest D.C. during heavy rains.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Virginia Voter ID Law Tame By National Standards

There's a lot of misunderstanding about how Virginia's new voter ID law will affect residents, but according to officials, nothing much will have changed for the vast majority of voters.

NTSB: Cause Of Ellicott City Derailment Unclear

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the derailment of an 80-car train in Ellicott City, but haven't yet identified a cause.