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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Director Steven Spielberg Crops Up In McDonnell Corruption Trial

The A-list Hollywood director was introduced to a doctor by First Lady Maureen McDonnell at the request of the businessman at the center of the trial, according to testimony jurors heard today.

In D.C. Mayoral Race, Bowser Has The Most Cash To Spend

Democratic nominee Muriel Bowser continues to hold a significant fundraising edge over her opponents David Catania and Carol Schwartz.

Vandalism At Manassas Mosque Prompts Calls For Hate Crime Investigation

A local mosque has been vandalized, prompting a prominent Muslim civil rights organization to call on law enforcement to investigate it as a hate crime.

McDonnell Prosecutors Expected To Wrap Up Case This Week

Prosecutors will put the finishing touches on their case against former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen this week in the corruption trial that has rocked the commonwealth's political landscape.

With Minimum Wage Hike, Some D.C. Workers Could See $1,500 In Extra Pay

Half of the minimum wage workers in D.C. will see their annual earnings increase by over $1,500 per year by 2016, the year that the city's minimum wage hits $11.50.

No Clear Fix For Trains Carrying Dangerous Cargo Through D.C. Area

The derailment of a train in Lynchburg, Virginia, carrying volatile Bakken crude exposed crucial safety risks in American rail transit, but so far nobody has found a silver bullet that would keep communities safe in the future.

Conditions At Park Southern Apartments In Southeast D.C. Becoming Political Issue

D.C. Democratic mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser has described a troubled housing complex in Southeast D.C. as "disgusting," but is facing political flak for trying to protect political allies involved with the building.

Republican Dave Foster Flanks Arlington Democrats On Medicaid

Arlington is fast approaching a special election for the Virginia House of Delegates, and Republican Dave Foster's support of Medicaid expansion has put the normally dominant Democrats on the defensive.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Is BRT The Transportation Future In Montgomery County?

Officials are showing off the 60-foot BRT buses that could be a major factor in reducing transit congestion at the county's agricultural fair,

Travon Bennett Convicted For Honor Student's Murder In Prince George's

Travon Bennett was found guilty of second degree murder, armed robbery and other charges relating to Marckel Ross' death.

In Wake Of Launch, Critics Of SketchFactor App Fight Back — With Humor

A new app that allows users to designate D.C. streets on a scale of how "sketchy" they are has drawn plenty of controversy since it launched — and some critics are fighting back with humor.

Access To Medical Marijuana Expands For D.C. Patients

The decision on whether to use medical marijuana in D.C. is now solely between a doctor and their patient.

Environmentalists Say Dominion Misleads Customers On 'Green' Energy

Environmentalists want the federal government to investigate the language used by Virginia's largest utility, saying that it misleads customers into supporting a practice worse than what it replaces.

3-Year-Old D.C. Girl Killed By Stray Bullet In Prince George's County

Police in Prince George's County say a 3-year-old girl is dead after being struck by gunfire.

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