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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Wastewater Used To Calculate Ocean City Population

Ocean City officials are using an unusual method to determine the number of people in town--a method that involves the amount of wastewater that runs through pipes.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Commentary: District Marriage Laws Should Get With The Times

While Maryland voters will soon decide whether same-sex couples can get hitched, marriage laws in the District suffer a much more basic problem – restrictions on who can officiate weddings.

Area Lawmakers Weigh In On Another Health Care Vote

Republican lawmakers in the House held what, by some counts, is the 32nd attempt to repeal some or all of the healthcare law upheld by the Supreme Court last month.

Investigation Begins Into 911 System Failure

Tens of thousands of area residents could not access the regional 911 system in the wake of strong storms in late June, prompting an investigation into what went awry.

Cleaner Water In Virginia Rivers, Runoff Still Problematic

According to environmental groups, Virginia is taking significant steps towards cleaning its waterways, but urban runoff continues to get worse, despite attempts to address it.

Anne Arundel Police Chief To Resign Amidst Investigation

Anne Arundel County Police Chief James Teare will resign Aug. 1 amidst a criminal investigation by the state's attorney for his role in the scandal surround county exec John Leopold.

Analysis: Kaine's Election Prospects Still Tied To Obama's

Despite expressing differences with the President on the Bush-era tax cuts, Tim Kaine's prospects in Virginia remain largely tied to the fate of President Obama, according to the National Journal's Reid Wilson.

Council Members Call For Mayor Gray To Resign

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray defended himself after details of a "shadow campaign" emerged this week, even as three members of the city council are calling for him to resign.

Cheh Wants To Look At Burying Some D.C. Power Lines

D.C. Council woman Mary Cheh is bringing back the effort to get Pepco to bury power lines and possibly avert extended outages.

Kaine Parts With President On Tax Plan

President Obama didn't expect to get support from many Republicans for his plan to raise taxes on those making more than $250,000 per year, but criticism from Obama supporter Tim Kaine also came in this week. 

Therapeutic Horse Slashed A Second Time

A horse that was attacked in Fairfax County earlier this year has suffered another slashing in the barn of the nonprofit therapy group that owns it.

Maryland Legislators To Start Posting Financials Online

The Maryland legislature is making efforts to get all legislators' financial disclosure forms posted online, but one member of the State Senate is hoping to eventually extend that to more political appointees. 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Analysis: Federal Cuts Unlikely To Be Addressed Before November

The D.C. region is affected more than most by the $55 billion in automatic defense cuts set to take effect next year. Alex Bolton, senior staff writer for The Hill, doesn't see any solution emerging before the election.

Plan For Riverdale Park Whole Foods Approved By County

The Prince George's County council voted 7 to 2 in favor of a plan that would allow for the construction of a Whole Foods Market in the mixed use development at Riverdale Park.

Asteroid Named For Astronomer, Gay Rights Pioneer Frank Kameny

It's been decided that an asteroid will be named after Frank Kameny, a government astronomer who was fired for being gay and later turned into a prominent gay rights activist.