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Friday, February 24, 2012

WaPo's McCartney: Gay Marriage Passes In Maryland, McDonnell Withdraws Support From Ultrasound Bill

Maryland lawmakers passed the contentious same-sex marriage bill this week, while Virginia's Governor withdraw support from a bill requiring that women have an ultrasound before an abortion.

High Winds, Cold Blow In Overnight

The National Weather Service issued a warning for high winds in the area as a low pressure moves in from the west. The worst is passed us, but they expect wind to accompany a cold front overnight.

Virginia Republicans Defend Mercury Paper

Prominent Virginia Republicans have stepped up to defend Mercury Paper, which stands accused of using protected rainforest materials in their paper products, prompting questiond of impropriety.

CQ Roll Call: McDonnell Supports D.C. Autonomy, Pelosi Promotes DISCLOSE Act On Colbert Show

This week, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell says he supports the plan to give the District more control over its own budget, and House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi promotes the DISCLOSE Act on The Colbert Show.

Nike Galaxy Sneakers Disappoint Big Crowds

The cancellation of the new limited edition Nike shoes at Prince George's County Plaza left many hopeful consumers unhappy.

Citizen Coalition Fighting O'Malley's Teacher Pension Shift

Maryland government employees, educators and taxpayers are joining forces to fight proposal to shift some of the burden of teacher pensions onto the counties. 

Recognizing Workers On The Dulles Rail Line

Workers on the Dulles Rail project were recognized at a ceremony in Reston Feb. 23.

D.C. Streetcars In Question After Contracting Error

D.C.'s H Street NE streetcar line is supposed to open next year, but due to a contracting error, there may not be enough cars to operate the line, DDOT officials told the D.C. Council this week. 

Arlington School Superintendent Proposes 4 Percent Increase

The good news: Arlington County can afford a modest increase in the school's budget thanks to increased property values. The bad news: an influx of students likely means larger class sizes.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

D.C. Autonomy Supported By Virginia Governor

Two prominent Republicans have lent their support for calls for greater budget autonomy for the District of the Columbia.

Boilers Pose Environmental Problem In Virginia

Environmental groups in Virginia are targetting industrial boilers, which they say emit dangerous substances into the commonwealth's air.

Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passes In Maryland

As expected, the Maryland state senate passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in the state, making it the eighth state in the nation, including D.C., to do so.

Virginia 'Personhood' Bill Tabled Until 2013

A controversial bill that would defined "personhood" in the Commonwealth of Virginia as beginning at conception has been tabled by the state senate after having passed the committee.

Metro Track Work Suspended For Cherry Blossoms

One more reason to love spring: Metro has announced that they will suspend weekend track work for three weeks to accomodate the influx of traffic to see the cherry blossoms.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Battling Homelessness, Crime On The Path To Graduation

The risk factors for dropping out -- poverty, homelessness, juvenile offenses -- run rampant in the District of Columbia. Yet there are students every year who rise above these challenging circumstances to succeed.  Christopher Feaster and Travaris Chambers are two of those on track to graduate this May despite having traveled rough roads.