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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

String Of Robberies Continues In NW D.C.

The latest in a rash of robberies in upper Northwest D.C. happened last night when a man was robbed at gunpoint near Tenleytown Metro.

Trial Underway For Detective Accused Of Stealing Guns

A detective in Prince George's County is being tried for allegedly stealing and reselling several guns seized in operations against criminals.

Congressman Proposes Late-Term Abortion Ban In D.C.

A ban on abortions of fetuses over the age of 20 weeks in D.C. has been proposed by Republican Trent Franks, over the objections of those in D.C. advocating home rule.

Wizards Fire Coach Flip Saunders

After winning just two of their first 17 games, the Washington Wizards are hoping to make a turn-around after letting go their head coach, Flip Saunders.

Congress Probes Conditions At Occupy DC

City and federal officials face questions today about conditions at the Occupy DC encampments in McPherson Square and Freedom Plaza.

D.C. Gay Activists Fighting Prostitution-Free Zone Bill

Gay and transgender rights activists in D.C. are fighting a bill that would allow permanent "prostitution-free zones" in the city, saying that it discriminates against transgender individuals.

In State Of The Union, Local Lawmakers Expect Call For Cooperation

President Obama takes to the podium to deliver the State of the Union this evneing, and local lawmakers are expecting a call for bipartisanship, as well as plenty of talk about jobs.

D.C. To Lure Top Teachers To Underperforming Classrooms

Teacher quality is one of the primary indicators of student success -- so the D.C. Council is pushing for incentives to get the District's best teachers in its worst-performing classrooms.

Virginia Father Fights For More Communication Between Schools, Parents

A father in Fairfax County is pushing for legislation that would require school administrators to involve parents before questioning students for serious violations of the rules.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Cardin Down On Corn-Based Ethanol

Corn-based ethanol should not be given preferential treatment over forms of alternative energy -- that was the message delivered by Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin on Monday.

Number Of Homeless Students Skyrockets In Maryland

The number of homeless students in Maryland has doubled in just the last five years.

CIA Officer Charged With Leaking Classified Information

A former CIA officer who reportedly participated in the interrogation of terrorist Abu Zubaydah has been charged with leaking classified information.

Metro Workers Need Better Safety Measures

According to the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, around 2 million Americans are victims of workplace violence each year, and among them are Metro workers.

Move To Legalize Marijuana In Virginia Easy As ABC


A Democratic delegate out of Alexandria, Va. wants the commonwealth to explore the potential economic impact if marijuana was allowed to be sold in liquor stores.

Virginia Delegate Fights For Incandescent Bulbs

A Virginia delegate is introducing legislation that would counter the federal government's plan to phase out incandescent bulbs for more energy-efficient fluorescents.