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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Cost Of Thanksgiving Dinner On The Rise

A new survey confirms what most already knew -- the cost of putting Thanksgiving dinner on the table has ticked up nearly 10 percent compared to last year.

Fairfax Shelter Launches Holiday Animal Adoption Event

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"Operation Empty Cage" in Fairfax County is aimed at finding homes for all the stray pets in the Fairfax shelter in time for the holidays.

District Boy Shot On Halloween Dies

One of several shooting victims shot Halloween night in District has died. Tyronn Vincent Garner, 17, succumbed to injuries Nov. 7.

Virginia Elections: Fairfax Officials Facing Voter Confusion

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Fairfax County elections officials are expecting some confusion today after some voter cards were distributed with wrong information. Despite some close races, voter turnout is expected to be low statewide.

Occupy DC At Odds With Police

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D.C. police say they will now change their approach toward the Occupy DC protest, after an incident at the Washington Convention Center last weekend has made the department a target of the demonstrators.

Baltimore Mayor Expected To Retain Office

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is expected to retain her position in Tuesday's general election, in the largely Democratic city.

Internships Becoming Necessary For D.C. Grads

Having an internship, or three or four, has become mandatory for students at D.C. universities who hope to have full-time employment right out of college.

Capitol Christmas Tree Already En Route

Thanksgiving is still weeks away, but the Capitol Christmas Tree is already on its way from Northern California.

Monday, November 7, 2011

MoCo Big Box Bill Held Up On Details

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A bill that would require big box stores in Montgomery County to work with community organizations is being held up in the county council because of vague language that could exclude some groups.

Jury Deliberation Continues In Currie Trial

Jury deliberations in the bribery trial of former Maryland state senator Ulysses Currie continue into a fourth day after the jury asked for clarification about the alleged timeline.

Charter School Enrollment Drives DCPS Growth

According to the unaudited statistics released by the DCPS Monday, student enrollment in D.C. public schools is up overall, driven mostly by growth in charter schools.

AAA Warns Of High Gas Prices For Holidays

As folks prepare to hit the road for the holidays, AAA is warning to prepare for higher gas prices.

Veteran Dogs Honored On Capital Hill

Veterans Day is this Friday, but some four-legged vets are being honored today on Capitol Hill.

CQ Roll Call: Abramoff Says Latest Lobbying Reforms Not Enough, Ethics Committee Launches Investigation Into Rep. Laura Richardson

In new book, former lobbyist Jack Abramoff says reforms have not restricted lobbying access, and more needs to be done.

Frostburg Student Killed, Another Jailed In Stabbing

A stabbing near Frostburg State University early Sunday morning left one student dead and another in jail.