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Friday, April 6, 2012

Septic Bill Nears Passage In Maryland

A bill that would allow counties to restrict the placement of septic systems has passed Maryland's House of Delegates over the objections of some who say it represents overreach by the state government.

April Named 'Distracted Driving' Month In Virginia

Virginia governor Bob McDonnell is callig April "Distracted Driving month," to raise awareness about the dangers of operating an automobile with one's attention averted.

Before Same-Sex Marriage, Calls For Same-Sex Divorce In Maryland

The bill legalizing same-sex marriage in Maryland doesn't take effect until 2013, and likely faces a ballot challenge before that, but already some are calling for the state to legalize same-sex divorce.

New Fairfax County Executive To Be Announced Tuesday

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will announce the replacement of county executive Tony Griffin during their meeting on Tuesday.

Capitals Make Playoffs, Could Still Win Division

The Washington Capitals clinched a playoff berth Thursday, and with another win could take the Southeast Division for the fifth year in a row.

Navy F-18 Jet Crashes In Virginia Beach

A Navy F-18 jet has gone down on a residential neighborhood of Virginia Beach, Va. According to reports, two airmen safely ejected and have been transported to a local hospital.

Fowl Play: Authorities Looking Into Stabbing Of Frostburg Duck

In a strange case that has troubled local residents, a duck that taken up residence near a recreational center in Frostburg, Maryland was found dead, the victim of a stabbing.

Analysis: Virginia Budget Deal Prevents Shutdown, Maryland's Income Tax Debate

Virginia lawmakers have agreed on an $85 billion budget plan, but that's not enough to help fund the Dulles Rail Project.

Ahoy! New iPad App Helps Ships Steer Clear Of Whales

An animal welfare group has designed a new iPad app to help ship captains avoid hitting endangered whales.

Ginkgo Trees Receive Treatment To Avoid Stench

Female Ginkgo trees in the District are receiving their annual spray down to prevent stinking up the city.

Virginia Police Arrest 20 Alleged Child Predators

Virginia Police have made nearly two dozen arrests in a lengthy sting on child predators.

Virginia Man, His Conviction Overturned, Receives $1M From State

A man who was wrongly convicted of three crimes in Virginia is getting some justice from Gov. Bob McDonnell this week.

Toddler Bounces Back Months After Capitol Heights Shooting

A teenager accused of a shooting that injured a 3-year-old boy in Capitol Heights last summer has been convicted on three counts of assault and gun possession.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Tree Canopy Shows Improvement In D.C.

According to statistics released by the D.C. Urban Forestry Administration, the urban tree canopy in the District is up 2.1 percent since 2006.

Mega Mystery: Maryland $105M Lotto Winner Still Unknown

There were three winning tickets for the $656 million Mega Millions jackpot, but so far none of them, including the winner who bought her ticket at a Baltimore County 7-Eleven, have stepped forward to claim the winnings.