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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

D.C. Council's Shakeup Means Changes For Metro

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown is stripping Council member Tommy Wells of a key committee post, and that has implications for Metro.

Brown Strips Wells of Transportation and Public Works Chairmanship

The D.C. Council voted 12-1 to approve a reshuffling of committee assignments proposed by D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown, with Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wells being the lone dissenting vote.

Leslie Johnson Back To Work At P.G. County Council

Prince George's County Council member Leslie Johnson is back to work, according to the Associated Press, nearly a week after colleagues stripped her of an office staff, car and cell phone.

Alexandria Homeless Shelter Receives Makeover

Home makeovers have become commonplace on reality T.V., but a community in Alexandria is pulling together today to put a twist on the concept, by doing a rapid makeover on a homeless shelter.

I-270 Reopens After Gas Main Break, One Lane Open On Clarksburg Road

A portion of Interstate-270 in Maryland has reopened after a gas main break last night, although traffic is only getting through on one lane near Clarksburg Road.

Amid Ongoing Budget Debate, Maryland Prepares For Walter Reed Moves

Marlyand Sen. Ben Cardin (D) is reassuring constituents that brinksmanship over raising the federal debt will not impact BRAC related improvement plans

Va. Considering Changes To Utility Shutoff Rules

Virginia regulators are seeking comments on new time limits restricting utility providers from shutting off services for customers with serious medical conditions.

Va.'s Retirement System May Need Larger Share of Taxpayer Dollars

The Virginia Retirement System had an exceptionally good return on its investments this year. But with less than 75 percent of future liabilities currently funded, a larger share of taxpayer dollars may be needed to fully restore the pension fund.

Caps Rookie Hopes To Be The First Norwegian Goalie In NHL

It was only six years ago that Alex Ovechkin skated in his first Rookie Camp with the Washington Capitals. This week at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, it's another international player hoping to turn some heads.

Gray's Pick For Juvenile Justice Chief Still Faces Opposition

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's nominee for the head of the city's juvenile justice agency continues to face opposition from some D.C. Council members and local union leaders.

D.C. Will Not Become Licensed Gun Dealer

Updated 1:47 p.m. It looks like the District will not become the first jurisdiction in the country to serve as a federally licensed gun dealer.

Renewed Push For Same-Sex Marriage In Maryland

In Maryland, supporters of same-sex marriage will launch a new campaign later this morning in hopes of getting lawmakers to okay such marriages in the state.

Enforcement Is Next Challenge After Virginia Human Trafficking Bill Becomes Law

This spring Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell signed into law several measures to provide new protections against human trafficking and more severe punishment for those who engage in it. Before the introduction of the legislation, many people didn't realize how prevalent the crime is, especially in Northern Virginia.

‘Art Beat’ With Sean Rameswaram

A global ballet, Rock of Ages, roadside attractions and a Holocaust reading series.

Mind-Controlling Parasites And Their Zombies

Zombies may be the stuff of nightmares, but zombification, it turns out, isn't all that unusual in the animal kingdom. And right here in our region there was recently a mysterious example of this mind-controlling behavior among insects.

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