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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Maryland's House Consider Changes To Same-Sex Bill

Maryland's House of Delegates will debate a bill today that would approve same-sex marriage in the state.

Police Arrest Four In D.C. Robberies

Police have arrested four suspects in connection with a number of street robberies in Northwest D.C., most of them involving pedestrians.

Norovirus Outbreak Affecting GWU

George Washington University is confirming an outbreak of norovirus among students living on and off campus.

Road Closures For Alexandria Paramedic's Funeral

Roads in and around Alexandria are likely to be blocked today for a funeral of a paramedic who died in the line of duty last week.

Defense In Huguely Trial Presents Alternate Cause Of Death

A medical expert with an alternate theory of the crime took the stand for the defense in the George Huguely murder trial in Charlottesville, Va. Wednesday.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Teacher Pension Sharing Being Fought By Maryland Counties

County leaders from across Maryland are pushing back against a plan they say would devastate their budgets and cause layoffs and service cuts.

Mysterious Bird Deaths Tie Up I-95

Hundreds of dead birds littered the road on I-95 in Prince George's County on Wednesday, tying up traffic and leaving drivers scratching their heads.

Alexandria Firefighters Out Of Service During Memorial

The Alexandria Fire Department will be on hiatus for two days as they prepare to honor the memory of Joshua Weissman, the firefighter who was fatally injured last Wednesday. Roads will be closed for the memorial.

Alexandria Waterfront Zoning Put On Hold

The Fat Lady has yet to sing for the Alexandria waterfront plan, as the proposal has been put on hold, at least for the time being.

Dulles Tolls Could Triple By 2018

In order to cover budget shortfalls for the Metro extension to Dulles airport, the MWA is considering hikes along the Dulles Toll Road over the next six years.

Census: D.C. Area Third In Use Of Mass Transit

The Washington D.C. area ranks third in the nation in terms of the percentage of commuters who turn to mass transit -- behind only New York and San Francisco.

Man Arrested For 1992 Jefferson Memorial Murder

Police have made an arrest in a murder at the Jefferson Memorial that occurred more than 20 years ago, charging the suspect after he was arrested in South Carolina.

Huguely Trial: Prosecution Wraps Up Case

The prosecution rested its case Wednesday in the murder trial of George Huguely in Charlottesville, Va. Of note was testimony from defendant's former teammate, who says Huguely lied about his whereabouts the night of the alleged murder.

Alexandria Fire Department To Mourn Fallen Paramedic

The Alexandria Fire Department will take off two days this week to mourn a fallen colleague. Neighboring area fire squads will respond to calls in the area tonight through Friday night.

Virginia House, Senate Each Pass Eminent Domain Bills

Two bills that would change the Virginia Constitution to address eminent domain have passed in various houses of the General Assembly, but each needs approval of the other body before the measures would go on the November ballot.