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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Rep. Issa Backs Off D.C. Hiring Bill

A key member is backing off a bill he introduced earlier this week that would have required criminal background checks for D.C. government appointees. After the rash of hiring scandals in the D.C. government, Rep. Darrell Issa introduced the bill Oct. 31. 

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Nov. 1

The arrival and impact of AIDS, an Arthur Miller classic and St. Vincent at 9:30.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Synthetic Marijuana Sellers Skirt Virginia Law

synthetic marijuana

A new Virginia law isn't having the intended effect, as producers of synthetic marijuana utilize new chemical compounds to dodge restrictions.

Loudoun GOP Mailer Receives Sharp Criticism

Loudoun County Republicans have been roundly criticized after sending out an email blast featuring President Obama as a zombie with a bullet in his forehead.

Maryland Receives $2M Grant To Stop Domestic Violence

Maryland will received $2 million from a federal grant aimed at stopping violence against women, which will be distributed to more than 50 organizations.

Felony Murder For Undocumented Drunk Driver

A judge in Virginia found an undocumented man with a history of drunk driving guilty of felony murder Monday, after he was found to be intoxicated during a fatal car accident that killed one nun and severely injured two others.

Gray Cleared: No 'Direct Evidence' Backing Quid Pro Quo Claims

mayor vincent gray

Accusations from former D.C. mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown that he took shots at Adrian Fenty in exchange for a job in the Gray administration were deemed unsubstantiated by a House committee on Monday.

BRAC Employees Face Fines For Illegal Parking

Alexandria residents are concerned about BRAC employees parking illegally in residential areas, and want the city to create daytime parking districts.

Virginia Absentee Ballot Deadline Approaching

Virginia voters hoping to vote via absentee ballot better hurry up -- the deadline to apply for those who qualify is on Tuesday.

CQ Roll Call: Mr. Cain Goes to Washington

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is making a visit to D.C. this week despite new accusations that he covered up an instance of sexual harassment in the '90s.

Lululemon Trial: Analysts Outline Bloody Crime Scene

As the murder trial continues for Brittany Norwood, the Bethesda yoga shop employee accused of killing Jayna Murray in March, a blood spatter analyst testifying for the prosecutiuon says the two women had "a substantial battle" before Murray's death. 

O'Malley Against Online Gambling

Funds generated from Maryland's lottery system are the state's fourth largest revenue source, and O'Malley says legalizing online gambling could hurt the money stream.

Maryland Urges Safety Precautions On Halloween

Girl in cow costume, another girl in princess costume, dad walks dog (in a tutu)

The Maryland State Highway Association will continue giving out reflective vests for trick-or-treaters until 4 p.m. today, and it's urging kids and parents to think seriously about safety this Halloween. 

Activists Hope To Clean Up Chesapeake Bay's 'Horror Story'

A group of advocates are using Halloween to call attention to the need to make the Chesapeake Bay a little less scary -- at least when it comes to pollution.

In Woodbridge, Foreclosures Hit Hard

The town of Woodbridge, Va., is a classic example of today's mortgage crisis: hundreds of homes lay vacant, and hundreds more run the risk of being foreclosed on at any time. Now, residents there are demanding that banks do more to prevent these foreclosures.