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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Virginia Ruling Upholds Transparency For Voter Records

A voter advocacy group won a key Virginia court case which promises to have national implications for the transparency of state voting records.

UMD Students Break Record Flying Man-Powered Helicopter

Aerospace students at the University of Maryland broke the unofficial world record Wednesday for flight in a man-powered helicopter, staying airborne for more than 30 seconds.

Staying Cool At Montgomery County Police Adventure Camp

Montgomery County is reaching out to the area's youngest citizens this week with their Police Adventure Camp, and fun abounds, heat wave or not.

What's In A Name? Ask The Zoo's Howler Monkey

The Smithsonian National Zoo is seeking public input in picking one of four names for their baby male howler monkey, born in March.

Judge Upholds Negligence Verdict Against Virginia Tech

In the case of two families of victims of the Virginia Tech tragedy, a judge has upeld a verdict of negligence for the Commonwealth of Virginia for negligence, but significantly reduced the damages.

Virginia Increases Tuitions Four Percent For 2012

Tuitions will increase across the board for public universities in the Commonwealth of Virginia, but the rate of increase is less than in years past.

Virginia Set To Change Transportation Funding System For Counties

Virginia transportation that used to be doled out to localities via the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission could now be awarded directly to those jurisdictions, circumventing the 40-year-old body. 

Heat Wave Sweeps Into D.C., Prompting Health Advisories

The Washington region is heating up rapidly today as a heat wave crosses the mid-Atlantic. Health officials are urging people to take precautions such as staying hydrated, limiting time in the sun and remaining indoors if possible. 

Blue Lobster Caught Off Ocean City Gets Home At National Aquarium

A rare blue lobster turned up off the coast of Ocean City, Md. earlier this month, and the fisherman who caught it is turning it over to the National Aquarium to be put on display. 

New Deportation Policy Has Implications For DREAM Act Fight

A change in federal deportation policy for young undocumented immigrants presents an interesting quandary for those fighting for — and against — Maryland's 'DREAM Act.'

Complaint Questions Payments To Gray Campaign Treasurer

A complaint filed last week is asking for a probe of D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's 2010 campaign and questioning why his campaign treasurer was paid more than $100,000.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Analysis: Chesapeake Cleanup Saved, Virginia Political Ad Blitz Begins

Funding for Chesapeake Bay cleanup has been saved from the Farm Bill, says The Hill's Alex Bolton. He also discusses the advertising monsoon in Virginia for the contentious Senate race this November.

New Pick To Head D.C. Housing Agency Embroiled In Sex Scandal

Just one day after Mayor Vincent Gray announced Michael Kelly as his pick to head the D.C. Housing and Community Development agency, reports have emerged alleging a sex scandal at his previous job in Philadelphia.

Virginia Voters Will Be Targeted By SEIU In Presidential Race

The Service Employees International Union plans to target Virginia and seven other states as part of its effort to support the reelection of President Barack Obama in November.

Lead Exposure Growing Among Immigrant Kids In Montgomery County

Lead exposure is an increasing problem in Montgomery County, where kids in the area's immigrant population find themselves affected more than most.