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Friday, January 6, 2012

Former Baltimore Archbishop Named Cardinal

Edwin O'Brien, who served as archbishop in Baltimore from October 2007 until August of last year, was one of 22 new cardinals named by the Pope today.

Bolling's Tie-Breaking Role In Virginia Senate Unclear

In a memorandum, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling clarified his authority to break ties in the Virginia senate, but that role is still unclear.

Metro Experienced Delays After Person Struck

There were weekday delays again Friday on the Blue Line, after a person was struck near the Van Dorn Metro station, necessitating single-tracking for much of the morning.

Glitches Mar Pay-By-Phone Parking In D.C.

If you're paying for parking by phone in the District, be forewarned that a frequent glitch in the system erroneously tickets as many as 25 drivers every day.

CQ Roll Call: Republican Still Blocking Obama's Nominations, Few Changes After Anniversary Of Tuscan Shooting

Obama is not backing away of his nomination of Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Protection Financial Industry, as Republicans continue to criticize the decision.

Maryland Legislature Looks At 'Flush Tax' Increase

The Maryland legislature is considering raising the state's sewage tax in 2013 and again in 2015, but environmental groups argue that it needs to increase more quickly.

Harry Covert, Alexandria Jail's Dynamic PIO, Retires

The Alexandria jail is saying goodbye to the man who helped put it on the map -- in a good way -- as public information officer Harry Covert retires this week. 

D.C. National Guard Soldiers Deploy To Afghanistan

The District is saying goodbye to 80 of its hometown soldiers this week, as part of the D.C. National Guard ships off to Afghanistan.

Virginia's ACLU Against Republican Party's Loyalty Oath

The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia is threatening legal action if the Republican Party fails to drop a loyalty oath required from voters in this year's presidential primary.

Harry Thomas Jr. Pleads Guilty

D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. is out, and he is expected to plead guilty to stealing more than $350,000 from the city later today. He could serve more than a year in jail. 

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Independent Candidates Get More Scrutiny In Virginia

Under current Virginia law, Republicans and Democrats are not subject to the same levels of scrutiny as independents when it comes to ballot petitions, which some are hoping to change.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Local Va. Leaders Hope To Prioritize Transportation

Northern Virginia leaders are pessimistic about how well legislation aimed at funding public transportation would fare in the commonwealth's general assembly starting next week.

Maryland Reaches Mortgage Settlement With Wells Fargo

Maryland's attorney general announced an agreement with Wells Fargo that will yield loan modications for some customers who were the victims of predatory loans.

Following Charges, Calls For Harry Thomas Jr. To Resign

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Several city leaders, including D.C. mayor Vincent Gray, are calling for councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. to resign following charges of theft of public funds and filing a false tax return.

Barry To Seek Third Straight Council Term

Former mayor Marion Barry is preparing to seek his third straight term as the representative for Ward 8 on the D.C. Council.