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Monday, January 2, 2012

Tobacco Maker Touts Smokers Rights Website

A Richmond-based cigarette maker is touting a new website that gives smokers and consumer-rights advocates interested in tobacco an outlet for their beliefs.

Parking Rates On Rise In Montgomery County

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Montgomery County commuters have more than just higher gas prices to look forward to -- hourly rates for popular parking spots are on the rise as well.

CQ Roll Call: Santorum Dismisses Lack Of Endorsements, Cuccinelli Changes Course

Rick Santorum is on the rise leading up to the Iowa caucuses, and Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli goes back on what he said about on changing Virginia's ballot qualification laws.

Occupy DC Buckles Down For Cold Snap

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With a cold spell poised to strike the D.C. area this week, Occupy DC protesters at McPherson Square are preparing to endure the worst weather since the movement began in October.

Montgomery County Bag Tax Goes Into Effect

Montgomery County's 5-cent bag tax goes into effect today, and the county has already distributed more than 30,000 reusable bags as alternatives to disposal ones.

Area Hospitals Work To Source Local, Sustainable Food

More area hospitals are trying to step up their game when it comes to local and sustainably produced food for patients and employees.

Prince William Residents Turn Wary Eye To HOT Lanes

As a deal to build High Occupancy Toll lanes on I-95 in Virginia is nearly finalized, local lawmakers and residents aren't convinced that the project is a good idea.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

GOP Candidates Strive to Distinguish Themselves

It's an anti-Washington year, and that fact is being used against many Republicans presidential candidates.

New Maryland Law Expands Women's Medicaid Coverage

More low-income women will be eligible for Medicaid family planning services in Maryland when a new law takes effect in the state next week.

Chesapeake Bay Sediment Plume Caused Less Damage Than Feared

Scientists say the huge sediment plume that formed in the Chesapeake Bay after Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee did not cause the widespread damage they had feared.

Dulles Toll Fee Increases

Drivers are seeing a 25-cent increase on the Dulles Toll Road beginning Jan. 1.

Delaware High Court Strikes Down Watershed Buffer Regulations

Delaware's high court has struck down state regulations requiring buffers around new development near the Inland Bays watershed.

Johns Hopkins Professors Create 'Permanent' Calendar

Two professors from Johns Hopkins  are proposing a new calendar in which dates would fall on the same days of the week every year.

Regional Lawmakers Look At The Year Ahead

Virginia Republican Congressman Rob Whitman and Maryland Democratic Congressman Chris Van Hollen look ahead to the political year that may be in 2012.

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Rockville Ice Rink Reopens

After three years of being closed, the ice rink at Rockville Town Center re-opens this weekend.