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Friday, January 27, 2012

R Paul Smith Power Plant To Close

One of the first coal-fired power plants to close in a generation will be shutting down this year in Maryland.

Body Found In Prince George's County Well

Investigations for the dead body that was discovered in a 20-foot well in Fort Washington are still on-going.

GRAPHIC: D.C. High School Graduation Rates By School

The graduation rates of the public schools in the district vary widely, and those rates are expected to change when the District begins using the new, federally mandated graduation calculation.

WaPo's McCartney: Occupy DC May Be Kicked Out, Kings Dominion Wins In Va.

Occupy DC gets a final warning to pack up camp, and the Virginia legislature shoots down a repeal of the "Kings Dominion law." 

CQ Roll Call: Gingrich's Congressional Record, Weighing STOCK Act


As former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has picked up support among Republican primary voters in recent weeks, his record in Congress has come under more scrutiny.


Brittany Norwood Sentencing Scheduled For Today

Brittany Norwood, the woman convicted of murdering her coworker at Lululemon in Bethesda, will be sentenced today.

D.C. Ticket Amnesty Program Ends Today

Today's the last day to pay old parking and traffic tickets you received in D.C. before 2010. The city's ticket amnesty program has already yielded the District government $3.5 million in back payments.

Virginia Settles Disabled Housing Case With DOJ

After a settlement deal with the Department of Justice, Virginia will close four of its five institutions for developmentally disabled people in order ot focus on more community-based services. 

D.C. Council Rethinking Online Gambling Provision

Some members of the D.C. Council are calling for a vote on the District's online gambling policy, which was implemented in the District's budget in 2010.

Potomac Residents Seeking Answers To Deer Problem

Potomac residents say the deer situation in Montgomery County has gotten out of control, and they're asking the county council to approve more controlled hunts to eliminate the animals.

The Location: The Story Behind U Street's "Black Family Reunion"

An iconic mural in Northwest D.C.'s U Street Corridor will soon vanish, as developers are planning a new building that will obscure G. Byron Peck's "Black Family Reunion."

Thursday, January 26, 2012

D.C. Autonomy The Object Of Occupy Activism In New Hampshire

New Hampshire is considering a resolution that lend the support of their state to the calls for D.C. statehood -- a message that is being spread up the coast by the Occupy hunger strikers.

Boykin Tempers Anti-Islam Tone At Ocean City Event

Lt. Gen. William Boykin delivered comments on the topic of Islam Thursday, after a speech at a mayor's breakfast event in Ocean City, Md., demonstrating a more moderate tone.

Volunteers Count D.C.'s Homeless

Housing advocates took to the District again this week in the yearly trek to account for D.C.'s homeless population, which numbered more than 6,500 last year.

Ex-Corrections Officer Charged In Death Of Ronnie White

Former Prince George's County corrections officer Anthony McIntosh has been indicted by a federal grand jury for his role in the death of pretrial inmate Ronnie White in 2008.