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Friday, October 28, 2011

CQ Roll Call: Signs Of Compromise On Super Committee?

House leaders seemed willing to discuss compromise on the super committee's task to cut at least $1.2 trillion out of the federal deficit by Thanksgiving. 

WaPo's McCartney: Edwards Faces Challenges, D.C. Ethics Reform, Politicians Testify For Currie

The Maryland Congressional redistricting makes next year's election for Rep. Donna Edwards more challenging. Meanwhile, a list of high-profile politicians has come to testify on a former state senator's behalf.

Tracking Snow Plows In Prince George's Co.

Prince George’s Department of Public Works is already bracing for Blizzard 2011, and snow plows hit the streets for a dry run equipped with a new real-time tracking system.

Alexandria Waterfront Opponents To Release Alternative

The plan to build hotels and other development along the waterfront in Alexandria still isn't sitting well with some residents. A group of opponents will release an alternative scheme that scales back the development this weekend.

Students Move Into Cruise Ship Dormitory

cruise ship deck

St. Mary's College in Maryland is getting creative when it comes to emergency housing for students, giving a whole new meaning to 'Semester at Sea.'

Lawsuit Filed Against Maryland Redistricting Map

Maryland's redistricting plan for Congressional districts, which was approved last week, is facing its first legal challenge.

'Anonymous' Commentary: Shakespeare's One Of Us

A new film out today called Anonymous questions the authorship of Shakespeare’s works and are based on the premise that British nobleman Edward de Vere was responsible for his enduring plays. Commentator Norman Allen, a playwright and an educator, cries foul at the notion that only the elite can achieve greatness.

D.C. Mayor Backing Off Popcorn Tax

close-up of popcorn

After an outcry from movie theater owners, Mayor Vincent Gray appears to be backing off his proposal to tax popcorn at D.C. theaters to subsidize a theater east of the Anacostia.

Small Fish Pose Big Questions About Fishing

menhaden fisherman

Populations of menhaden have hit a crisis point, prompting a suggestion that restrictions on the number of the forage fish that can be should be tightened.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Oct. 28

Dia De Los Muertos

Scary stories, dreary dance, Cabaret Macabre and genuine Scottish jams.

Howard U Group Marching In Support Of 'Occupy'

occupy dc

A group from Howard University is marching in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement Friday, hoping to add more racial diversity to the protests.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Maryland Tolls Increase Today

Commuting is getting a little more expensive for drivers traveling through some Maryland bridges and tunnels.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Sulaimon Brown Says Gray Gave Him Talking Points

Speaking with federal investigators Thursday, Sulaimon Brown said that now-Mayor Vincent Gray gave him talking points in the race against Adrian Fenty.

Scientists Underscore Drugs' Impact On Waterways

Drugs like anti-depressants and hormones from birth control are known to find their way into area waterways -- so don't flush those pills, turn them in.

Police Raid Two D.C. Head Shops

Six employees and one customer were arrested in police raids Wednesday at two Capitol Hemp locations.