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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Beltway Speed Camera Issues 21K Tickets In 3 Months

The mobile speed camera installed on the Capital Beltway in Maryland earlier this year has already charged more than $800,000 in fines.

Pedicabs Clashing Again With Park Police

Pedicab drivers who operate on or around the National Mall say the same U.S. Park Police officers have continued to harass them even after tensions eased between pedicabs and Tourmobile buses.

Police Clear Out Occupy Baltimore Camp

Occupy Baltimore protesters were cleared out of their encampment in the city's Inner Harbor at around 3:30 a.m. today.

D.C. Ethics Bill Would Rein In ANC Members As Well

D.C. Council members aren't the only representatives subject to tougher regulations if the new D.C. ethics law passes in a final vote later this month. The city's Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners would fall under the new ethics policies as well.

Monday, December 12, 2011

CQ Roll Call: Yet Another Last Minute Federal Budget Deal, Redistricting In Texas

It's looking as though Congress will pass yet another federal budget deal at the last moment, while the Supreme court weighs in on a precedent-setting Texas redistricting case.

VDOT Unveils Electronic Travel Signs

The Virginia Department of Transportation has installed new electronic signs that should give drivers a better idea of how long their commutes will be.

Virginia Makes Changes To Ease Mark Center Traffic

While larger plans to accomodate increased traffic to the Mark Center are in the works, Virginia has instituted many smaller changes to ease the morning commute in the area.

New Study Examines WWI Chemical Effects On NW D.C.

A wealthy NW D.C. neighborhood is the subject of a study that will examine the health effects of a WWI chemical test site buried within -- some residents say the research doesn't go far enough.

Virginia Tech Shooter Offered No Signs Of Violence

Armando Trull was in Partlow, Va. Monday, where he spoke to friends of Virgina Tech shooter Ross Ashley, who say they never saw signs of the violence that was to come.

Maryland Coming Down On Flash Mob Crimes

After a second flash mob robbery struck a convenience store in Montgomery County last month, a state delegate is pushing for legislation that would hold those involved responsible for everything stolen by the group.

GOP Candidate Drops Out Of D.C. Council Race

Republican Tim Day has dropped out of the race for the at-large D.C. council seat currently held by Michael A. Brown, leaving just one GOP candidate in the running.

Full Plate In Congress Before Winter Recess

Among other issues to wrap up this week, members of Congress also have to agree on a bill that will fund the federal government after this Friday.

Maryland Looks To Strengthen Punishment For Flash Mob Robberies

One Maryland legislator is hoping to quell the rash of "flash mob robberies" that has picked up in recent months.

D.C. To Provide Job Training For More Residents

The District is planning to launch the next phase of its "One City, One Hire" program, which will target those unemployed that haven't sought out government help. 

Friday, January 28, 2011

Parents And City Leaders Debate D.C. Voucher Program

D.C. city leaders are split over reauthorizing a voucher program that would provide scholarship opportunities to select students.