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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Staying True To Gen. McPherson's Good Name

'There's no fear in McPherson,' or, why we're pronouncing it mc-FUR-son and contradicting what many D.C. natives believe is the right way.

Poll: Half Of Marylanders Support Gay Marriage

With the governor of Maryland contemplating legalizing same-sex marriage in the state, a recent poll found that half of Maryland residents support it, the highest result yet recorded.

Montgomery County Starts New Shuttle To Germantown MARC

Montgomery County is launching a new shuttle to the Germantown MARC station in hopes of reducing traffic congestion in the area.

Occupy DC Stays Put, Judge Clarifies Terms Of Camping Ban

Not much has changed at the Occupy DC encampment in McPherson Square since the no-camping ban went into effect at noon Monday, with a federal judge ruling Tuesday that the NPS cannot seize tents unless violators are caught violating the rules.

D.C. Housing Agency Fires Staffer After Reports Of Misspent Funds

D.C.'s housing agency has fired and employee and District officials are now launching an investagion after allegations that a local nonprofit misspent millions of dollars in affordable housing funds. 

Montgomery County Eyes Three Big Box Bills

Montgomery County is attempting to address the construction of big box stores such as Walmart with three separate pieces of legislation.

Legal Action Possible Over Silver Spring Transit Center

An inspection of the Silver Spring Transit Center found problems with the concrete slabs, which could mean construction delays and fines for the construction company.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Mandatory Labor Agreement Ban Mulled In Va. House

Virginia's House of Delegates will vote Tuesday on a bill that would ban mandatory labor agreements on state-funded projects, which some say are responsible for ballooning costs.

D.C. Residents Protest Pepco Rate Hike Request

Pepco plans to raise rates on D.C. residents, which has sparked protests from customers who don't feel the hikes are fair after all the taxpayer funding the energy company has gotten.

Audit Shows $240M Budget Surplus In D.C.


After several years of financial difficulty, D.C. is back in the black after posting a large budget surplus to the tune of $240 million.

How Many Students Really Graduate From High School?

Calculating graduation and dropout rates for high schools is complicated, and until now there has been no consensus on how to do so. Under new federal guidelines, schools in all states must use the same method -- and the shift is bringing out statistics that, in some cases, present the first real comparison of the dropout crisis nationwide. 

CQ Roll Call: Extending Payroll Tax Holiday, Congressional Reaction To BRAC

Despite agreeing on the necessity of extending the payroll tax holiday beyond February, Democrats and Republicans haven't yet agreed how to pay for it.

VIDEO: Talking With District Residents About The Dropout Rate

Here's what a sampling of D.C. residents had to say about the city's dropout crisis. Many of them thought they knew the scope of the problem, and several were shocked to hear that the graduation rate is actually far lower than they expected -- and than D.C. has reported in the past.

Who Killed Lenny Harris?

Police have identified a body found in a Fort Washington well as Lenny Harris, the 53-year-old Alexandria civic activist who went missing in September.

Occupy DC Defies Deadline For Removal Of Camp

Occupy DC protesters in McPherson Square say they are prepared to defy a National Park Service eviction today, while those at Freedom Plaza appear to be packing up.