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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Area Hospitals Strive For Healthier, Locally-Grown Food

Some area hospitals are working hard to increase the amount of fresh, local food available to patients.

New Montgomery County Bag Fee Starts Jan. 1

A new 5-cent fee on paper and plastic bags goes in to effect in Maryland's Montgomery County Jan. 1.

D.C.'s "SoberRide" Expands Hours

The D.C. area's SoberRide program has been working overtime to take drunk drivers off local roads during the holiday season.

Maryland Toll Bridges To Receive Security Upgrades

A handful of Maryland toll bridges are getting an $11 million security upgrade.

D.C. Sees Biggest Homicide Drop in Nearly 50 Years

D.C. saw "the biggest drop in homicides in nearly 50 years" in 2011, according to Mayor Vincent Gray and Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Perry, Gingrich Ballot Battles Go To Court

A Northern Virginia attorney is stepping up to sue to put Newt Gingrich on Virginia's Republican primary ballot. Rick Perry, who's also suing over not qualifying for the ballot, got some bad news on his case in Virginia court yesterday.

D.C. Must Pay $1M In Legal Fees For Gun Ban Case

The District of Columbia has been ordered to pay $1 million in legal fees to a resident that sued over the city's gun ban in 2003.

Virginia Tree Advocates Push New "Loves Trees" License Plate

Virginia tree advocates are trying to get a new license plate for the state to raise awareness of the state's depleted forests.

Virginia's Child Mental Health Services Underfunded

Child mental health advocates will take the case for more state funding to the Virginia General Assembly Jan. 26.

Police Union: D.C. Crime Rate Up Due To Occupy DC

D.C.'s police union says the crime rate in D.C. has gone up in recent months because the department has been focusing on patrolling the Occupy DC movement and other protests around the city.

Habitat Frederick Bounces Back From Robbery

After a Habitat ReStore in Frederick, Md. was robbed earlier this month, the community banded together to show their collective humanity.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Habitat For Humanity Virginia Takes New Tack

A Habitat for Humanity project in Charlottesville, Va. is pioneering a new strategy that promises to develop low-income housing in areas that are normally prohibitively expensive.

Suspect Indicted On Five Counts In McQuain Slayings

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Curtis Lopez, the primary suspect in the September slayings of Jane McQuain and her 11-year-old son William, has been indicted on five counts in Montgomery County.

Report: School Suspensions Show Racial Disparities

An analysis of suspensions in the D.C. region show that black students are two to five times as likely to be suspended in schools than white students.

Donner Drops Out Of Virginia Senate Race

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Yielding to George Allen, the Republican front-runner for the senate seat in Virginia, candidate Tim Donner has bowed out of the race.