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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Police Quota Controversy Highlights Lack Of Transparency In Arlington

A memo written by Alexandria's Chief of Police threatens "disciplinary actions" for officers who don't meet "performance measures." Even so, they insist they don't utilize a quota system.

AARP Launches Campaign Spotlighting Medicare, Social Security

The AARP has launched a campaign targeting Virginia's more than 1.3 million senior citizens, in an attempt to start a dialogue about the funding challenges that lie ahead for the Social Security and Medicare programs.

PHOTOS: Rescued Puppies Arrive In Washington

Dozens of puppies rescued from a puppy mill in Kentucky will be the newest residents of the Washington Animal Rescue League.

Metro Unveils New Map With New Station Names, Service Updates

Metro is rolling out its new Metro rail map, complete with new, shortened names for certain stations. The map also reflects some upgraded rush hour service on the Blue line. 

Montgomery Council Wants Say In Plan To Lease County Property

Some members of the Montgomery County Council are hoping to gain more oversight over County Executive Isiah Leggett's plan to develop school property in Potomac into athletic fields.

Fairfax County Considers Meals Tax

Fairfax County is considering a 4 percent tax on restaurant meals, although some lawmakers would like to see the matter come to a referendum. 

Flags At Half Staff For Slain Maryland National Guardsman

A large funeral procession for an Army National Guardsman slain in Afghanistan traveled from Baltimore to Arlington National Cemetery this morning. Maj. Robert J. Marchanti, who was killed by the Taliban last month, was laid to rest today.

Gray Campaign Received More Than $100K From Thompson Associates

Suspicious money orders from a D.C. campaign fundraiser under investigation have been linked to D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's campaign, and now, a closer look at campaign records shows some other bundled contributions that were submitted in money order form.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Alexandria Seeking The City's Best Landscaping

Spring has sprung, as Alexandria is seeking nominations from residents for the properties that best excel in the area of property beautification and landscaping excellence.

Metro Workers Plead Guilty To Coin-Stealing Scheme

Two Metro workers have pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court after bilking hundreds of thousands of dollars in coins from fare machines over several years.

Report: DC Water Rigged EPA Lead Testing

The Environmental Protection Agency was "intentionally misled" about lead levels by officials at DC Water, according to the D.C. inspector general's office.

Energy Tax Increase Here To Stay In Montgomery County

Montgomery County executive Isiah Leggett's plan to keep a controversial energy tax has roiled business leaders in the area who expected it to be a temporary measure when it was passed two years ago.

What's In A Name? Virginia Selling Naming Rights For Roads, Bridges

In an effort to drum up badly-needed revenue to repair transportation infrastructure, Virginia may soon begin selling the naming rights for roads and bridges in the Commonwealth.

Person Fatally Struck By Red Line Train

Red Line trains have resumed normal service, following an earlier incident of a man fatally struck by a train at White Flint station.

CQ Roll Call: Rep. Ryan To Release Budget, Mikulski Honored As Longest-Serving Woman In Congress

Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan will release a budget plan this week that most Democrats and some Republicans are expected to oppose.