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Saturday, August 4, 2012

Medicare Lawsuit Against Baltimore Hospital Dismissed

A judge has ruled in favor of a Baltimore hospital, clearing the facility that had been accused of over-charging Medicaid, Medicare, and another federal government healthcare program. 

An App, A Map, And Some Old-Fashioned Police Work

The Prince George's County Police department joined forces with more than a million Twitter users for some unconventional police work this week: tracking down New York Times tech columnist David Pogue's iPhone.

Moms Organize 'Great Nurse-In' At U.S. Capitol

Breastfeeding supporters will join forces for a "Great Nurse-In

Friday, August 3, 2012

Webb Pushes Reform Of For-Profit Schools

The government spends a lot of money educating young veterans attending for-profit schools, and Virginia Sen. Jim Webb has proposed legislation to hold those schools more accountable for their high dropout rate.

D.C. Teen Parenting Program's Funding Set To Expire

A program that offers support services for teen parents in D.C. Public Schools is facing a potential future funding shortfall, as a $1.5 million grant is set to expire at the end of the year.

Prison Produce Stocks Local Food Pantries

Fruits and veggies grown by inmates in the Maryland Correctional Training Center in Hagerstown is being used to stock the shelves at food pantries in our area.

Orange, Red Lines Snared By Weekend Track Work

Buses will replace trains this weekend between Fort Totten and Union Station on the Red Line and Vienna and East Falls Church on the Orange Line, so plan accordingly.

LGBT Activists Take On Chick-Fil-A With PDA Protest

LGBT activists are turning out around the country to engage in public displays of affection in and around Chick-fil-A restaurants, to protest disparaging comments made by the company's CEO about same-sex marriage.

O's Legend Cal Ripken Jr. Asks For Public's Help Finding Mother's Abducter

More than a week after Cal Ripkin Jr.'s 74-year-old mother was returned from a kidnapping unharmed,the Orioles Hall of Famer and Maryland authorites are still looking for the suspect.

Analysis: House Lawmakers Vote To Forgo August Recess

In an effort to work on a pressing legislative back-log on cybersecurity, drought relief and the Farm Bill, David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, says House members voted against adjourning for the August recess.

Allen Commits To Three More Debates In Senate Race

Virginia candidates for U.S. Senate George Allen and Tim Kaine have both committed to three more debates this campaign season. 

Already? Virginia Back-To-School Tax Holiday Is This Weekend

Today begins Virginia's sales tax holiday, where back-to-school items, including clothing costing less than $100, are tax-free.

Along Columbia Pike, Mixed Reactions To Streetcar

Arlington and Fairfax counties are moving full steam ahead on a streetcar plan for Columbia Pike, but not everyone who lives and works along there is as enthusiastic.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Referendums Galore For Montgomery County Residents

The fall ballot in Maryland keeps getting longer, particularly in Montgomery County, where the four possible referendums on the ballot are joined by several local measures.

Ground Broken On Second Montgomery County Fire Station This Year

Montgomery Country broke ground on the new Travilah Fire Station Thursday, which prompted posturing over whether and to what degree ambulance fees help pay for new stations.