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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

National Zoo's Baby Octopus Has A Name

The National Zoo's new baby octopus got a new name yesterday, thanks to one of the zoo's young fans.

Newt Gingrich Rally In Arlington Tonight

Newt Gingrich will campaign in Virginia today, and will hold a rally in Rosslyn at 7 p.m. Gingrich appears to have pulled ahead of Mitt Romney among Virginia Republicans, according to a new poll released today.

Virginia Committee Seeks Changes To Assisted Living Laws

A Virginia General Ssembly internal watchdog group is calling for osme changes to laws governing funding for senior citizen assisted living programs.

City Hopes 'Girl With Dragon Tattoo' Will Save Lincoln Theatre

City officials are betting on the hit movie The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo to revive the foundering Lincoln Theatre on U Street NW.

Maryland To Offer Preferential Funding For Smart Growth

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Maryland governor Martin O'Malley has issued an executive order which will rein in funding for projects in the state that the government believes contribute to the problem of urban sprawl.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

D.C. Debuts Live Near Work Pilot Program

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Two D.C. area universities are working with the District to provide zero-interest loans to encourage workers to buy homes near their places of employment.

Crowds Gather For National Menorah Lighting

Thousands of people were expected to attend a special lighting ceremony at the National Hanukkah Menorah near the White House today.

Uranium Report Leaves Questions Unanswered In Virginia

A new report by the National Academy of Sciences says that Virginia is still years away from having the regulatory framework necessary to support uranium mining.

Local Lawmakers On Rejection Of Payroll Tax Holiday

Republicans in the House rejected a two-month extension of the payroll tax holiday on Tuesday, with most area lawmakers voting along party lines.

Flags For Federal Employees Killed On Duty

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Congress has passed a law that authorizes federal agencies to offer flags to the families of federal workers killed in the line of duty.

St. Mary's Students Leave Cruise Ship Dorm

A group of St. Mary's College students who took residence for a semester in a cruise ship bid bon voyage to their old home, after the school successfully cleaned up the dorms from which they were originally displaced.

Metro Evacuation Prompts Car Inspections

Metro is inspecting all of its 5,000 series cars after a break assembly fell off a train Tuesday, prompting the evacuation of more than 300 Metro riders.

Panel Hears Challenge To Maryland Redistricting

A three-judge panel heard arguments Tuesday that Maryland's redistricting plan redraws the Congressional district map in a way that disenfranchises black residents.

D.C. Mayor Proposes New Taxicab Rules

After the city's taxicab commission recommended a D.C. taxi fare increase last week, Mayor Vincent Gray is proposing some changes of his own to the District taxi industry.

Hearing 130-Year-Old Recordings For The First Time

Shakespeare's timeless Hamlet soliloquy is among the more than century-old recordings that researchers from the Library of Congress have  unveiled recently.

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