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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

AP Calls For Prostitution-Free Zone Around D.C. Bureau

The Associated Press' D.C. Bureau is just the latest organization in the District to back the idea of a prostitution-free zone to restrict loitering outside their building, despite questions about the practice's legality.

Virginia Girl Youngest In National Spelling Bee History

The National Spelling Bee is always a big attraction, but it's drawn regional interest this year as well as young Lori Anne Madison, a second-grader from Woodbridge, Va., is the youngest competitor in the event's history.

Canadian Air Officials Mediate Virginia Crash Investigation

An investigation of the mid-air crash that occurred in Fauquier County on Monday is being deferred to Canadian safety board, after it was found that the collision involved employees of the FAA and NTSB.

Maryland Same-Sex Marriage Opponents Submit Huge Petition

Opponents of Maryland's newly enacted same-sex marriage law have submitted more than 100,000 signatures on a petition to put the measure to a referendum vote in November. 

Norton: D.C. Budget Autonomy Closer Than Ever

District leaders are wondering if this will be the year that Congress releases its hold on the D.C. budget.

Metro Worker Struck By Shady Grove Train

Metro has launched an investigation into an incident Tuesday afternoon, when a Metro worker was struck by a train at the Shady Grove rail yard, sustaining serious and potentially life-threatening injuries.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Virginia Supreme Court Fails To Resolve Wales Alley Case

The Virginia Supreme Court failed to take a side in the case of Wales Alley, a waterfront alley in Alexandria that is the object of dispute between the city and the Old Dominion Boat Club.

Feds Settle With Alexandria Boat Club After 40-Year Dispute

After four decades of legal squabbling the federal government has settled with the Old Dominion Boat Club in Alexandria, dropping a suit and picking up the accumulated attorney's fees.

Opening Day Nears For Arundel Mills Casino

The $500 million Maryland Live! Casino in Arundel Mills is poised to open June 6, adding more than 330,000 square feet of gaming space to the state.

Maryland's Homegrown Crabs Are 'True Blue'

Ever wonder where the crab you're eating really came from? Maryland has started a "True Blue" program to certify restaurants that commit to serving the state's tastier fishy fare.

Transfers Compromise Education Of Virginia's Military Children

Children of military families change schools nine times on average during primary school years, and special education students in particular see their education suffer for it.

Prince George's Considers Gun Crime Registry

A new law is gaining support in Prince George's County that would require those convicted of gun-related crimes to sign on to a registry, not unlike sex offenders.

Frederick Republican Blaine Young Eyes Governor's Office

Blaine Young, the conservative president of the Frederick County Commission, has signaled his intention to run for the office of governor, filing with the Maryland Board of Elections.

Alexandria Firefighters Battle Two-Alarm Storage Unit Blaze

Alexandria firefighters battled a two-alarm blaze overnight in a self-storage facility 

MetroAccess Debuts 16 New Accessible Vehicles

MetroAccess is trying out some new vehicles specifically designed to accommodate wheelchairs and disabled riders in an attempt to improve service for those customers.