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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Funding For Public Broadcasting In Virginia May Be Saved

Funding for public broadcasting in Virginia may not disappear completely after all, under a budget amendment approved by state senators.

IPhone Mugging Victim Speaks

D.C. police are out in force battling an uptick in street crime this winter, but one woman whose iPhone was stolen last fall says MPD treated the crime as routine.

Former D.C. Commander To Sue District For Demotion

A former D.C. police commander whose division provided a police escort to actor Charlie Sheen is planning to file a lawsuit against the city.

Maryland Senate To Debate Same-Sex Marriage Bill Today

A proposal to approve same-sex marriage in Maryland comes before the state senate today. Republicans are expected to attempt to amend the bill to delay implementation until after a referendum.

Women's Group Targets Harassment On Metro

Victims of sexual harassment, and in some cases assault, on the Metro took their complaints to the D.C. Council this week, urging the D.C. government and Metro to take harassment more seriously.

Virginia Scholar Opens Magna Carta To Study

Despite serving as the foundation of the Anglo-Saxan political and legal tradition, the Magna Carta remains a mystery to many -- something one Virginia scholar hopes to change.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Amendment To Virginia Ultrasound Bill Passed

After a national outcry over a Virginia bill that would have requirde that women to have invasive ultrasounds prior to an abortion, legislators in Virginia's House struck the controversial provision.

Huguely Found Guilty Of Second-Degree Murder

After nine hours of deliberation, a jury found former UVA lacrosse player George Huguely V guilty of second-degree murder for the violent slaying of his ex-girlfriend Yeardley Love in 2010. The jury also recommended a sentence of 26 years.

National Cathedral Repairs Now Estimated At $20 Million

Officials with the National Cathedral now say that repair costs are expected to exceed initial projections -- totalling in the area of $20 million.

Radioactive Isotope Found In North Anna Groundwater

Officials with Dominion Power say they have found evidence of double the amount of a radioactive isotope allowed by federal regulations in the groundwater at the North Anna nuclear powerplant.

Baltimore County Enacts Transgender Protection Measure

After a transgender woman was beaten in a McDonalds last year for trying to use the women's bathroom, Baltimore County has passed a law expressly prohibiting transgender discrimination.

Brazen Alexandria Con Man Pleads Guilty

An Alexandria man who stands accused of a perpetrating a number of fraudulent schemes that defrauded would-be employers, investors and family alike has pleaded guilty.

Alleged Capitol Bomb Plotter Waives Hearings

The 29-year-old Moroccan man who allegedly plotted to perform a suicide bombing on the U.S. Capitol before being arrested by the FBI has reportedly waived his rights to preliminary and detention hearings Wednesday.

Metro Surveys Customers On Budget, Fares

As part of a program to increase public input into Metro programs and policies, WMATA has posted another survey -- this one asking commuters their priorities on fare and budget issues.

Baltimore County Investigated For Hiring Discrimination

The Justice Department's Civil Rights Division is investigating accusations of discrimination in the hiring practices of police and fire departments in Baltimore County.