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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Bolling Outlines His Tiebreaking Role

Virginia lieutenant governor Bill Bolling holds the tying vote in the state's divided state senate, and he's issued a memo outlining the circumstances where he expects to use it.

Racial Disparities In Higher Education Target Of Suit

A group out of Baltimore, Md. has filed a suit alleging that policies stemming from the days of segregation continue to hamper higher education at traditionall black universities.

Cold Weather Descends On D.C. Area

The D.C. area is seeing it's first real cold snap of the winter, but temperatures in the teens and slow flurries won't keep D.C.'s denizens from heading to work.

Wellness Incentives Pay Off For Washington & Lee

The fitness program at Washington & Lee University is yielding benefits for the school's bottom line as well as their collective waist line.

Council Member Orange's Biggest Campaign Contributors

Digging into the powerful D.C. businessmen behind the seemingly "bundled" corporate contributions on D.C. Council member Vincent Orange's latest campaign finance report.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Homeless Shelters Brace For Winter Influx

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While the cold is felt by all residents of the D.C. area, the homeless population, and the organizations set up to help them, feel the effects most accutely.

D.C. Interest Groups Well Represented At Iowa Caucuses

Almost all the GOP candidates in Iowa claim to be running against the political establishment, but area interest groups are well-represented amongst campaign donors.

Hynes Elected Chairwoman Of Arlington County Board

The Arlington County Board elected Mary Hynes as chairman Monday, and she has promised to make engaging with the community a priority on her agenda.

Tobacco Maker Touts Smokers Rights Website

A Richmond-based cigarette maker is touting a new website that gives smokers and consumer-rights advocates interested in tobacco an outlet for their beliefs.

Parking Rates On Rise In Montgomery County

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Montgomery County commuters have more than just higher gas prices to look forward to -- hourly rates for popular parking spots are on the rise as well.

CQ Roll Call: Santorum Dismisses Lack Of Endorsements, Cuccinelli Changes Course

Rick Santorum is on the rise leading up to the Iowa caucuses, and Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli goes back on what he said about on changing Virginia's ballot qualification laws.

Occupy DC Buckles Down For Cold Snap

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With a cold spell poised to strike the D.C. area this week, Occupy DC protesters at McPherson Square are preparing to endure the worst weather since the movement began in October.

Montgomery County Bag Tax Goes Into Effect

Montgomery County's 5-cent bag tax goes into effect today, and the county has already distributed more than 30,000 reusable bags as alternatives to disposal ones.

Area Hospitals Work To Source Local, Sustainable Food

More area hospitals are trying to step up their game when it comes to local and sustainably produced food for patients and employees.