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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

D.C. Council Chair Kwame Brown Charged With Bank Fraud

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown is likely to plead guilty to federal fraud charges filed Wednesday. Sources say he may officially resign before the end of the week.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Analysis: Farm Bill Touches Food Stamps, Chesapeake Cleanup

While it wouldn't seem like an agricultural authorization bill would have a lot to do with the D.C. area, the one being considered in Congress right now has ramifications both for Chesapeake cleanup and for Food Stamp recipients.

Sen. Mikulski Undeterred By Paycheck Fairness Act Defeat

The Paycheck Fairness Act, which would have instituted new rules to ease the gap in salaries between men and women, was shot down in the Senate Tuesday, over the objections of area lawmakers like Sen. Barbara Mikulski.

Paper Ballots To Delay Alexandria Election Results

The vote tallies in next week's Democratic primary in Alexandria will be slightly delayed, both by the introduction of paper ballots and more rigorous vote-counting procedures.

D.C. Council Gives Final Approval To $9.4B Budget

The D.C. Council gave its final seal of approval to a $9.4 billion budget plan Tuesday that, amongst other things, approves extended bar hours and new traffic cameras.

Big Radio Upgrade Debuted For Maryland First Responders

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is debuting a new and improved digital emergency radio communications system for the state's first responders Tuesday.

Virginia Senate, Congressional Primaries Slated For Next Week

Virginia will hold primaries next week in advance of this year's Congressional and Senate elections. While voters in uncontested districts can weigh in on Tim Kaine's opponent, voters in contested districts have to make a choice.

Occupy DC Protesters, Police Clash Over Eviction

Occupy DC protesters who have been occupying a foreclosed home in Northeast D.C. to protest the U.S. banking system tussled this morning U.S. marshals as the marshals forcibly removed some of them from the property.

Secure Communities Launches In D.C., Despite Protests

Secure Communities, the federal immigration enforcement program that automatically forwards jurisdisctions' arrest information to the FBI and, by default, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, has been activated in D.C.

Dulles Rail Supporters, Opponents Plead With Loudoun Board

Is the Dulles rail line the answer to Loudoun's prayers or a big mistake for the county? Residents and lawmakers alike are still hashing it out.

D.C. Activists Brizill, Imhoff Get Help From Relief Committee After Fire

An effort is taking shape to help two prominent D.C. activists get back on their feet after a fire ravaged their Columbia Heights home last month. 

Monday, June 4, 2012

Moving Towards A Car-Free D.C.

The D.C. government and area businesses alike are helping to facilitate a transition from widespread area car ownership to walkable, bikable communities supplemented with services like car2go.

Watchdog Group Says Courts Doing Better Job In Montgomery Co.

Too often, victims of domestic violence find themselves confronted by their accusers outside of the very courts hearing their pleas. A group says Montgomery County is improving at preventing this, though not enough.

New Wave Of D.C. Speed Cameras Start Ticketing

More than two dozens speed cameras go hot on Wednesday, going from delivering the warnings they have issued since they were installed to $250 tickets for those caught with a lead foot.

Virginia Gubernatorial Prospects Take Shape

It's believed that a GOP primary in Virginia would do more to favor moderate candidates in the commonwealth like Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, which is why he's resisting calls for a return to the convention style.