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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Baltimore County Enacts Transgender Protection Measure

After a transgender woman was beaten in a McDonalds last year for trying to use the women's bathroom, Baltimore County has passed a law expressly prohibiting transgender discrimination.

Brazen Alexandria Con Man Pleads Guilty

An Alexandria man who stands accused of a perpetrating a number of fraudulent schemes that defrauded would-be employers, investors and family alike has pleaded guilty.

Alleged Capitol Bomb Plotter Waives Hearings

The 29-year-old Moroccan man who allegedly plotted to perform a suicide bombing on the U.S. Capitol before being arrested by the FBI has reportedly waived his rights to preliminary and detention hearings Wednesday.

Metro Surveys Customers On Budget, Fares

As part of a program to increase public input into Metro programs and policies, WMATA has posted another survey -- this one asking commuters their priorities on fare and budget issues.

Baltimore County Investigated For Hiring Discrimination

The Justice Department's Civil Rights Division is investigating accusations of discrimination in the hiring practices of police and fire departments in Baltimore County.

GovExec: The Shrinking Federal Workforce In D.C. And Nationwide

More than a quarter of workers in the D.C. area work for some branch of government. What would it mean if the federal workforce continues to shrink as it has recently?

Virginia Lawmakers Divided On Obama's 2013 Budget

Responses to President Obama's 2013 budget proposal in Virginia were predictably divided along party lines, but closer analysis shows that it presents a mixed bag for the commonwealth.

Smithsonian Breaks Ground On African American History Museum

President Obama and former first lady Laura Bush will help break ground on the African American history museum today.

Jury Deliberations Continue In Huguely Trial

The jury in the George Huguely trial began deliberating Wednesday, asking several clarifying questions of the judge. Huguely, a former UVA lacrosse player, is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend, Yeardley Love, in May of 2010.

D.C. Youth Job Training Contract Plagued With Problems

Questions surround the D.C. youth job training program after the nonprofit hired to provide the training had its contract revoked by the Contract Appeals Board earlier this month.

Virginia Legislature Approves 'Conscience Clause' On Gay Adoption

Virginia's state senate has approved a bill that would allow private adoption agencies to discriminate against same-sex couples if it conflicts with their religious or moral beliefs.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Virginia Scholar Opens Magna Carta To Study

Despite serving as the foundation of the Anglo-Saxan political and legal tradition, the Magna Carta remains a mystery to many -- something one Virginia scholar hopes to change.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Maryland Same-Sex Marriage One Step Closer to Passage

Maryland's state senate is one step closer to approving a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage, while opponents of the bill hope to put the issue up for referendum on November's ballot.

The Hill: Race Underway For Senate Republican Whip

As Alex Bolton of The Hill newspaper discusses, the race for the position of Senate Republican whip could have big implications all the way through the 2016 presidential elections.

Northern Virginia Property Values Show Second Year Of Growth

While real estate in much of the country continues to remain stagnant, property values in Northern Virginia are back in the black for the second year running.