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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Arrest Made In D.C. Elementary School Sexual Assault

Police have made an arrest in the case of an alleged sexual assault of a minor that happened inside a D.C. public school, but DCPS officials say they are still planning to review security policies.

Firefighter Dies After Fall From Overpass

An Alexandria firefighter has passed away after falling from an overpass while responding to an emergency call.

Virginia Assembly Vets GPS Tracking Bill

A bill in the Virginia legislature would make it illegal for a person to use GPS to track another person without consent.

Virginia DUI Bill Would Increase Penalties For First Offenders

Republican lawmakers in Virginia are trying again this year to strengthen the penalties for first-time DUI offenders.

Pepco Impersonators Hit Columbia Heights

Thieves posing as Pepco and other utility employees have targeted several homes in Columbia Heights in recent weeks.

Before The Internet, TV Was The Disruptive News Technology

The Internet has been lauded in the last several years for its role in affecting social change across the globe. It's easy to forget that decades ago, it was television news that was helping people agitate for change.

Line Item Veto Bill Gets Bipartisan Support, Opposition

A bill that would grant the president a line item veto on projects in Congressional budget bills has become the rare object of bipartisanship -- with both support and opposition coming from both sides of the aisle.

Undercover Cab Driver Spurs Ocean City Drug Arrests

Looking to crack down on drug crime in their resort town, Ocean City police have made dozens of arrests thanks to an undercover officer posing as a cab driver.

Prince George's County Helps Residents With Pet Loss

For some, losing a pet can be as heavy a blow as losing a member of the family, which is why Prince George's County is offering a grief workshop for those who lose their furry friends.

Poll: Gov. McDonnell Enjoys Positive Rating

Governor Bob McDonnell has solid support in Virginia, according to a recent poll, while President Obama has made in-roads in a hypothetical race against Mitt Romney.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Maryland Students Top Nation In AP Pass Rate

Students in Maryland are top in the nation in terms of the number who have passed Advanced Placement exams by the time they graduate high school.

Witnesses Testify About Abusive Relationship In Huguely Trial

Several witnesses took the stand after opening statements in the murder trial of George Huguely V, testifying to the history of the abuse between the defendant and Yeardley Love during their relationship at UVA.

Bag Tax Could Soon Hit Prince George's County

Prince George's County may soon join Montgomery County in the District of Columbia with the implementation of a 5-cent tax on plastic bags.

Residents Protest Speed Cameras In Northeast D.C.

Some in NE D.C. are protesting speed cameras that they say generate revenue for the District by unfairly targetting low-income and elderly residents who can ill afford traffic fines.

GovExec: Freezing Federal Salaries, OPM And Its Pension Backlog

A pay freeze for federal works is back on the table, and D.C.-area senators are urging the Office of Personnel Management to address a backlog of retirement benefits claims.