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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Wind Power Problems Pervade In Maryland

After an offshore wind bill died in the Maryland General Assembly, another wind project is on the ropes as developers in western Maryland have run into zoning problems.

Occupy DC Groups Merge At McPherson Square

The Occupy DC activists at Freedom Plaza have picked up the tents and joined the group at McPherson Square, consolidating the protesters in one location to spread their message of economic equality.

Analysis: GSA Scandal Could Mean Changes For Buildings Service

GovExec's Tom Shoop talks about what to expect as the General Services Administration's Las Vegas conference scandal continues to affect agency employees as an investigation continues.

After Trayvon Martin, Discussing Racial Profiling In D.C.

Black men of all ages took the opportunity to speak about the realities of racial profiling during a community meeting last night in Southeast D.C. sparked by the recent outrage surrounding the case of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. 

Picturesque, But Polluted: Anacostia Gets C- In River Report

The Anacostia River is still getting below-average marks from environmental groups when it comes to pollution.

NTSB Investigating Montgomery County Ride On Buses After Fires

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating several incidents of fire on Montgomery County's Ride On bus system. 

Project Veritas Attempts To Expose Voter Fraud In D.C.

Activist James O'Keefe has targeted the D.C. with his ongoing attempt to expose voter fraud; he tried to vote as U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder during last week's primaries.

D.C. Youth Org. Gets New Board Member With Ties To Embattled Political Donor

A newly-appointed board member of the Children & Youth Investment Trust has ties to Jeffrey Thompson, one of D.C.'s most prolific political donors who is under federal investigation related to campaign contributions.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Online Training Prepares Families Of Service Members

A pioneer online program run by Virginia's Wounded Warrior Program gives families a chance to practice potentially delicate scenarios when their loved ones in the armed services return home, including responses to potential PTSD.

Ed Long Named Fairfax County Executive

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors announced the successor to long-time county executive Tony Griffin on Tuesday.

Metro Upgrades Await Long-Term Congressional Plan

Local lawmakers say that Congress' inability to pass long-term transportation legislation is preventing Metro from making serious headway into safety and infrastructure upgrades.

Tension Reigns In Annapolis After Yearly Session Ends

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley was pointedly silent on the question of a special session of the General Assembly, after a late night legislative session failed to produce a budget agreement for the state.

Analysis: Congress Takes On GSA Conference Scandal

Several Congressional committees are poised to tackle to the scandal surrounding the lavish GSA conference held in Las Vegas in 2010, but as The Hill's Alex Bolton explains, it's unlikely that any legislation will come of the controversy.

Maryland 'Flush Tax' To Double

Maryland legislators have agreed on a plan that will double the so-called "Flush Tax," which is used to fund major cleanup efforts in the Chesapeake Bay.

Metro Releases Major Track Work Schedule

As the Metro moratorium on weekend track work nears an end, WMATA has released their schedule for major projects through the rest of the year, so adjust your plans accordingly.