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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Occupy Camps Address Disease Threat

D.C. Health officers visited Occupy DC's McPherson encampment, urging them to clean house after reports of rats shut down their kitchen earlier this week.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Cuccinelli: Resigning Unnecessary For Gubernatorial Run

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Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is dismissing calls for him to resign in advance of his planned run for the Republican gubernatorial nomination in 2013.

Metro Work On Four Lines This Weekend

Scheduled maintenance will cause delays this weekend on four Metrorail lines.

WaPo's McCartney: Harry Thomas, D.C. Scandals, Virginia GOP

Harry Thomas Jr. resigns, how Mayor Vincent Gray reacts, and trouble brewing with the Virginia GOP.

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.