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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Freedom Plaza Protesters Granted Permit Through New Year

The Occupy Washington D.C. group at Freedom Plaza have been granted another permit to continue their protest against corporate greed and the war in Afghanistan through February.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A Dozen Injured In Rockville Pike Metrobus Crash

An accident involving multiple cars and a Metrobus on Bethesda's Rockville Pike left one person dead and several others injured Wednesday afternoon.

Fairfax County Runs Shooting Drill At Campus

First responders in Fairfax County tested out new systems in a drill Wednesday intended to simulate a gunman on the campus of Northern Virginia Community College.

Environmentalists Call For Stricter Manure Regulations

Environmental groups in Maryland say poultry farms in the state produce enough manure to fill M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore -- with disasterous effects for the Chesapeake Bay.

Ron Paul Tops Virginia Ballot For GOP Nomination

The ballot for the Republican presidential nomination in Virginia set, and as it stands, Ron Paul and Mitt Romney are the only candidates that will appear.

Redskins Snubbed In Pro Bowl Selections

In a game meant to celebrate the best players in the National Football League, D.C.'s hometown Redskins will have no representative this year.

Rep. Bartlett Steps Up 6th District Fundraising

Far from retiring after Maryland's redistricting plan passed, Republican House Representative Roscoe Bartlett has kick-started his re-election campaign with a fundraising blitz.

Park Police Remove Another Occupy DC Structure

Park police reportedly removed another wooden structure from the McPherson Square encampment of Occupy DC -- this time without any fights or arrests.

Wilson Museum Celebrates President's 155th Birthday

Wednesday marks the 155th birthday of President Woodrow Wilson, a native of Virginia, and in celebration, a museum dedicated to him is opening its doors to the public for no charge.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Average Age Of D.C. Area Vehicles Goes Up

A report by Triple-A MidAtlantic shows that the average vehicle in the D.C. area is older than ever, leading to an increase in the number of breakdowns.

A Second Life For Area Christmas Trees

Christmas trees have already had their big day in the spotlight, but many county governments are giving them a second life with programs that make mulch out of trees left curbside in the coming weeks.

D.C. Residents Push New Site For WWI Memorial

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Seeking to prevent the D.C. War Memorial from being co-opted into a national WWI memorial, residents are pushing for a new location in Pennsylvania.

Report: Many Virginia Drivers Falsely Ticketed

Ever gotten a ticket for driving without proof of insurance? A report from legal experts says that it's not actually against the law in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Study: Caregivers Suffer Adverse Health Effects

A study out of Virginia Tech revealed that the altruistic act of caring for an impaired spouse or parent can ultimately have harmful effects on the mental well-being of the caregiver.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Gross Remains Jailed In Cuba

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Alan Gross, the American government subcontractor who has been jailed in Cuba for more than two years, was not among the almost 3,000 prisoners recently released by the Cuban government.