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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Suspect In Robyn Gardner Case Released, Back In U.S.

Gary Giordano, the Gaithersburg, Md. man who was the primary suspect in the disappearance of Robyn Gardner in Aruba, is back in the U.S. after winning an appeal.

D.C. Police Arrest Two In Taxi Robberies

taxi on M Street, Georgetown

A 25 year-old man and a 15 year-old juvenile have been charged in connection with three of 11 recent taxi robberies.

'Blonde Bandit' Caught After Attempted Bank Robbery

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The police have arrested a suspect in a string of bank robberies across the D.C. region, after tailing her vehicle and capturing her after a short foot chase.

Metro Completes First Phase of Escalator Project

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WMATA has completed the first phase of a $150 million project that is aimed at improving the reliability of Metro escalators.

Lincoln Biopic: Spielberg Film Brings Local Opportunities

In the first part of a three-part series, reporters explore the opportunities and financial boon brought to Richmond by the filming of Steven Spielberg's biopic about Abraham Lincoln.

Union Station Cancels Tree Lighting Due To Earthquake Damage


Union Station's holiday tree lighting ceremony has been cancelled this year, thanks to continuing earthquake repairs.

National Journal: Which Markets Will Be Big Players For 2012 Campaign Ads?

Washington, D.C. is likely to rank high among the top media markets targeted for campaign ads during the 2012 race, according to National Journal Hotline's Reid Wilson.

Suspect Arrested In Wheaton Carjackings

Police have charged a Landover man with kidnapping and armed robbery in connection with the abduction and robbery of three elderly men over the weekened.

KKK Robes Donated To African American Museum

The National Museum of African American History and Culture's collection will include two Ku Klux Klan robes, which were donated this week. 

Virginia Mall Suspends Use Of Customer Tracking

Complaint by the ACLU of Virginia have prompted a Richmond mall to suspend the use of a new technology that tracks customer movements using their cell phones.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Virginia Legislator Tackles Kings Dominion Law

Summer may soon end earlier for Virginia students if the so-called Kings Dominion Law is circumvented, giving school districts the discretion to open before Labor Day.

The Hill: Filling The Hole Left By Barney Frank

After Barney Frank announced he will not seek reelection, Democrats are going through the complicated process of finding his successor in the House Finance Services Committee.

Expired D.C. Tags Could Now Prompt Impounding

After eliminating the policy of arresting drivers whose cars have expired license plates, the District government is now trying to figure out whether impounding the cars is a viable option. 

Local Lawmakers Tell Teens: 'It Gets Better'

Maryland lawmakers are lending their voices to the 'It Gets Better' Project, which seeks to encourage LGBT teenagers who are the victims of bullying.

Cafeteria Leftovers Now Offered To Food Banks

It seems like a commonsense policy, but it took the intervention of a Virginia congressman to allow schools to donate their leftovers to areas food banks.