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Thursday, December 29, 2011

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.

D.C. Issues 5,300 Parking Tickets A Day

Statistics show that D.C. parking authorities issue a staggering 5,300 parking tickets a day -- this, despite it being easier than every before to refill the parking meter.

Butt Slasher Suspect Believed To Have Fled U.S.

Police have reason to believe that Johnny Guillen Pimentel, the alleged Fairfax "serial butt slasher," has fled to Peru to escape charges of assaulting at least nine women.

Freedom Plaza Protesters Granted Permit Through New Year

The Occupy Washington D.C. group at Freedom Plaza have been granted another permit to continue their protest against corporate greed and the war in Afghanistan through February.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A Dozen Injured In Rockville Pike Metrobus Crash

An accident involving multiple cars and a Metrobus on Bethesda's Rockville Pike left one person dead and several others injured Wednesday afternoon.

Fairfax County Runs Shooting Drill At Campus

First responders in Fairfax County tested out new systems in a drill Wednesday intended to simulate a gunman on the campus of Northern Virginia Community College.

Environmentalists Call For Stricter Manure Regulations

Environmental groups in Maryland say poultry farms in the state produce enough manure to fill M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore -- with disasterous effects for the Chesapeake Bay.

Ron Paul Tops Virginia Ballot For GOP Nomination

The ballot for the Republican presidential nomination in Virginia set, and as it stands, Ron Paul and Mitt Romney are the only candidates that will appear.

Redskins Snubbed In Pro Bowl Selections

In a game meant to celebrate the best players in the National Football League, D.C.'s hometown Redskins will have no representative this year.

Rep. Bartlett Steps Up 6th District Fundraising

Far from retiring after Maryland's redistricting plan passed, Republican House Representative Roscoe Bartlett has kick-started his re-election campaign with a fundraising blitz.

Park Police Remove Another Occupy DC Structure

Park police reportedly removed another wooden structure from the McPherson Square encampment of Occupy DC -- this time without any fights or arrests.

Wilson Museum Celebrates President's 155th Birthday

Wednesday marks the 155th birthday of President Woodrow Wilson, a native of Virginia, and in celebration, a museum dedicated to him is opening its doors to the public for no charge.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Average Age Of D.C. Area Vehicles Goes Up

A report by Triple-A MidAtlantic shows that the average vehicle in the D.C. area is older than ever, leading to an increase in the number of breakdowns.

A Second Life For Area Christmas Trees

Christmas trees have already had their big day in the spotlight, but many county governments are giving them a second life with programs that make mulch out of trees left curbside in the coming weeks.