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Friday, November 18, 2011

Commuters Beware: Protesters Occupying Metro

Occupy DC protesters are taking to the Metro Friday evening to spread their message to commuters, potentially adding delays to your commute.

Ice Rink At Sculpture Garden Opens

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The ice rink at the National Gallery of Art's Sculpture Garden is open for the season, and this year they're boasting ice smoothed by an official Zamboni.

WaPo McCartney: Occupy Movement Reaches Two-Month Anniversary, Issa Proposes Bill To Give D.C. More Autonomy Over Budget

Occupy D.C. takes its protest to the Key Bridge, and a proposed bill that aims to give D.C. more autonomy over its budget has been dismissed by local leaders.

DCPS Slammed For Failing Special Needs Students

A U.S. District Judge has panned the DCPS for a "persistent failure" to provide services to disabled preschool students.

CQ Roll Call: Obama Not Likely To Step In On Super Committee

With the super committee impasse looking more and more certain, President Obama is unlikely to step in before the deadline. 

McDonnell Wraps Up India Trade Trip

Gov. Bob McDonnell says Virginia's trade agreements with India could be a boost to the state.

USDA Offering Loans To Maryland Farmers

After a growing season plagued by extreme weather, Maryland farmers will have the chance for emergency loans from the USDA to help recoup their losses.

Wind Turbines Scare Off Md. County

Once a leader on new wind power projects, Garrett County, Md. may be changing its tune now that turbines are installed.

Orchard To Help Expand Bread For The City's Menu

D.C. nonprofit Bread for the City might be branching out into some fruitier food for the city with the opening of its new orchard in Maryland.

Civil Rights Complaint Filed Against Va. State Police

The Florida Civil Rights Association has filed a complaint against two Virginia State Troopers after an incident in Arlington.

Van Hollen Rejects GOP Super Committee Offer

Rep. Chris Van  Hollen (D-Md.) says the tax revenues deal that super committee Republicans put on the table this week was never a serious offer.

Decision Near For Columbia Pike Streetcar

Alexandria is offering to house the maintenance yard for Arlington's planned streetcar line, provided it is extended for residents there as well.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Weekend Track Work: National Airport Stop Closed

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It wouldn't be the weekend if the Metro wasn't performing track work, and this week that means station closures at Crystal City, National Airport and Braddock Road on the Blue and Yellow lines.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Three D.C. Nonprofit Directors Honored

Three directors of nonprofits in the District have been honored by the Meyers Foundation for their work in the community, replete with a $100,000 award.

Candidate Alleges Virginia Debates Exclusionary

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Julien Modica, a candidate for the Virginia Senate seat being vacated by Jim Webb, is filing a suit to open the state's debates to candidates who don't currently meet the requirements.