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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Poll: Marylanders Support Offshore Wind Power

offshore wind power

A new poll shows Maryland residents would be willing to pay more for their power if it came from cleaner sources like offshore wind.

Anti-Mosquito Activist Tells City To Put a Sock In it

A D.C. man is waging a war on mosquitoes, and he says his homemade sock-laden traps work just as well as the ones used by the U.S. Department of Health.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Freedom Plaza Protesters Staying Put

The protesters currently occupying Freedom Plaza call themselves Stop the Machine, and it appears they have been successful in stopping the machine, or at least the U.S. Park Police, from kicking them out of the plaza for the time being.

Bag Tax Hits Montgomery County In 2012

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Montgomery County is joining D.C. in the war against that ever-present annoyance: the plastic shopping bag.

Two Animal Fighting Busts In D.C.

dog fighting dog

Two people were arrested and two animals were saved, as Washington Humane Society investigations uncovered separate cases of dog fighting and cock fighting in Northeast D.C.

Va. Requests FEMA Funds For Flood Damage

va. flood cleanup

In the wake of the flooding that struck Virginia in September, Governor Bob McDonnell is seeking disaster status, in order to receive funds from FEMA.

CQ Roll Call: Obama's Jobs Bill Faces Senate, Maryland Redistricting Makes Members Nervous

President Obama's jobs bill faces the Senate on Tuesday, and Maryland's redistricting could end Rep. Roscoe Bartlett's 20-year political career.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Oct. 10

American Craft Week, the rapture in Boise and an Amazian film festival.

Freedom Plaza Protesters Not Budging

occupy dc protest

Protesters continue to occupy Freedom Plaza in downtown D.C. Monday afternoon, in defiance of the 2 p.m. deadline set by U.S. Park Police.

Widow Of Killed DPW Employee Sues City

The widow of Larry Hutchins, the D.C. Department of Public Works employee shot and killed while he prepped for his shift last year, is suing the city for what she claims was a lack of security at the truck yard.

Virginia Neighborhood Argues For Cell Tower

Neighborhood groups across the D.C. region have opposed cell phone towers as eyesores or potential health hazards. But one Fairfax County community is trying to persuade the county to allow one of the towers in their community in an attempt to cut down on dropped calls.

D.C. Office Cleaners May Strike This Week

A union of nearly 12,000 office cleaners in the D.C. region is threatening to strike at the end of the week if they don't get a new contract giving them more wages and benefits .

DCPS, Teachers' Union Gear Up For Contract Negotiations

D.C. Public Schools officials and the city's teachers' union are preparing for contract negotiations, and the oft-maligned IMPACT teacher evaluation system is expected to be a point of contention.

Criticism Plagues Super Committee

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.)

With most of its meetings taking place in secret, the super committee is facing calls for more openness.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

National Air and Space Museum To Reopen

The National Air and Space Museum will reopen today after protesters tried to enter the building Saturday.