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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Teen Comes To D.C. To Fight R Rating On 'Bully'

Students in the District were at the premiere of one bullying film this week, although an R rating may keep them from seeing another. One Michigan teenager came to D.C. this week to argue the case for a lower rating for the film with the Motion Picture Association of America.

Gray's Campaign Records Show Links To Suspicious Money Orders

Some of the same donors who contributed suspicious money orders to Council member Vincent Orange also show up in the campaign finance records of D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray.

Commentary: D.C. Students Need International Perspectives

Conversations about education these days often focus on test scores -- in math and reading in particular. But Commentator Eddie Mandhry says students in D.C. need more engagement with international affairs.

Maryland Student Facing Deportation Is Released From Custody

A grassroots movement to stop the deportation of a local college student and his family appears to have paid off, as young Jorge Steven Acuna and his family were released from a detention center on Tuesday.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

O'Malley Gets Earful Over Gas Sales Tax Plan

The are many concerns regarding Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley's plan to apply the state sales tax to gasoline, and he heard an earful of those worries yesterday when he pitched the plan to lawmakers in Annapolis.

Virginia Congressman Testifies On How To Fix Congress

Few will disagree that Congress in its current state is almost iredeemably dysfunctional, but Virginia Congressman Tom Davis has suggested some ways to break the legislature's bad habits.

Jury Finds Virginia Tech Negligent For '07 Shootings

A jury has found Virginia Tech negligent for delaying a campus warning ahead of the massacre in 2007, during which more than 30 students were killed.

Casino In Prince George's County Under Consideration

A committee in Prince George's County will consider whether the county wants to become home to a high-end casino over the objections of the harness racing industry.

National Journal: Blackberry Domination Ending On The Hill

The domination of smartphones in the mobile market is beginning to penetrate that last bastion of Blackberry loyalty -- Capitol Hill.

Accusations And Counter-Accusations At Alexandria Schools

Alexandria school superintendent Morton Sherman is fighting to keep his job in the wake of a scathing auditor's report, after the vice mayor called for his resignation.

Virginia American Water Proposes General Rate Increase

Virginia American Water is proposing a general rate increase for portions of Northern Virginia and that's got at least one county very upset.

Damage To Washington Monument Being Inspected

Surveyors are trying to figure out whether the Washington Monument sank or tilted as a result of the quake.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Federal Transportation Bill Passes With Bipartisan Support

The U.S. Senate passed the federal transportation bill, and while some area lawmakers are disappointed with its limited scope, others are just happy to get funding to move forward with transportation projects.

The Hill: The Federal Transportation Bill -- Will It Pass, What Does It Mean For Federal Workers

The Senate is poised to pass a bipartisan federal transportation bill, which could have some serious implications for federal workers.

Roads Or Mass Transit? Montgomery County Council Must Decide

With limited transportation dollars in Maryland being divvied up between Purple Line projects like a new Bethesda Metro entrance and traditional road projects, Montgomery County Council members took the issue to the mat.

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