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Friday, January 13, 2012

Car Title Lender To Repay Thousands To Virginia Customers

A well-known car title lender will refund nearly $600,000 to over 800 customers in the Commonwealth.

WaPo's McCartney: Occupy DC Protesters Move Camps, Legislative Session Begins In Maryland And Virginia

After reports of rat infestation and other threats, Mayor Vincent Gray is ordering Occupy DC protesters to move camps. Legislative sessions in Maryland and Virginia begin this week.

Redistricting Moves Forward In Virginia House

Republican lawmakers in Virginia are pushing their Congressional redistricting plan toward passage, now that they have voting majority in the state senate.

CQ Roll Call: Roscoe Bartlett's Battle, Ivey's Out In Md., In Va., Marshall's In

There were political developments this week in several major Congressional offices throughout the D.C. region. 

Mayor Calls For Removal Of Occupy DC From McPherson Square

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is calling for the clearing of the Occupy DC encampment at McPherson Square, but the final decision is up to the U.S. Park Police, which has jurisdiction over the park.

Metro's Green Line Has Been Business Boon For D.C.

The Capitol Riverfront neighborhood in Southeast D.C. wants to see the economic benefits of Metro's green line keep spreading down the line.

Door to Door: Takoma Park and Burleith

It's our weekly trip around the region. This week, we visit the Takoma Park and Burleith neighborhoods of Washington, D.C.

Service Members Return From The War Front To The Home Front

When deployed overseas, many service members comfort themselves with thoughts of the warmth of home and family, but it can be hard coming home to spouses and children who have developed new routines and rituals. A Marine and his family talk about their strategies for overcoming the challenges of homecoming.

D.C. Region's Longest-Running Children's Theater Turns The Snowy Day In To A Musical

Adventure Theatre in Glen Echo, Md. is presenting a world-premiere musical based on the award-winning children's book The Snowy Day.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

FBI Wooed By Fairfax County Supervisors

Officials in Fairfax County are trying to convince the FBI to consolidate their sprawling operations in D.C. into a single facility in Franconia, Va. -- at the end of the Blue Line.

Marshall Launching Bid For Virginia Senate Seat

Republican delegate Bob Marshall is throwing his hat the ring in the bid to fill the Virginia Senate seat recently vacated by Democrat Jim Webb.

Maryland Schools Get Top Ranking Fourth Year Running


Education Week has released their state report cards, and for the fourth year in a row, Maryland takes the top spot in the nation -- despite not quite scoring an A.

Banks Poised To Plead In Thomas Case

Marshall Banks, a man accused of helping former D.C. councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. steal hundreds of thousands in city funds, faces a plea hearing Friday.

Fare Hikes Discussed At Metro Board Meeting

Metro's board met on Thursday to discuss, among other things, the hiring of additional maintenance and safety personel and fare hikes.

Public Forum Will Discuss Montgomery County 2013 Budget

The budget for the fiscal year 2013 will be the subject of a Montgomery County public forum Thursday evening, and residents are urged to attend.