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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Toxic Chemicals Found In Groundwater Under Fort Detrick

High levels of toxic chemicals are still present in the groundwater beneath a former dumpsite at Fort Detrick.

Audit Shows $34,000 From Gray Campaign To Staffer

An audit of D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's transition and inaugural finances shows thousands of dollars in payments to a campaign staffer whose actions are being scrutinized in a federal investigation.

D.C., MD, VA Unlikely To Give Additional Funding To Metro

The region's three top leaders met Friday to discuss safety improvements at Metro and whether or not to give additional funds to the transit system.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Maryland Teen Pleads Guilty 2010 Murder Case

A Maryland teenager has pleaded guilty to murder in the death of a teacher at a youth detention facility in Prince George's County.

Car Title Lender To Repay Thousands To Virginia Customers

A well-known car title lender will refund nearly $600,000 to over 800 customers in the Commonwealth.

WaPo's McCartney: Occupy DC Protesters Move Camps, Legislative Session Begins In Maryland And Virginia

After reports of rat infestation and other threats, Mayor Vincent Gray is ordering Occupy DC protesters to move camps. Legislative sessions in Maryland and Virginia begin this week.

Redistricting Moves Forward In Virginia House

Republican lawmakers in Virginia are pushing their Congressional redistricting plan toward passage, now that they have voting majority in the state senate.

CQ Roll Call: Roscoe Bartlett's Battle, Ivey's Out In Md., In Va., Marshall's In

There were political developments this week in several major Congressional offices throughout the D.C. region. 

Mayor Calls For Removal Of Occupy DC From McPherson Square

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is calling for the clearing of the Occupy DC encampment at McPherson Square, but the final decision is up to the U.S. Park Police, which has jurisdiction over the park.

Metro's Green Line Has Been Business Boon For D.C.

The Capitol Riverfront neighborhood in Southeast D.C. wants to see the economic benefits of Metro's green line keep spreading down the line.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Judge Denies Four GOP Candidates For Virginia's Primary Ballot

A federal judge has denied four GOP candidates--Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman--to get on Virginia's Republican presidential primary ballot.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

FBI Wooed By Fairfax County Supervisors

Officials in Fairfax County are trying to convince the FBI to consolidate their sprawling operations in D.C. into a single facility in Franconia, Va. -- at the end of the Blue Line.

Marshall Launching Bid For Virginia Senate Seat

Republican delegate Bob Marshall is throwing his hat the ring in the bid to fill the Virginia Senate seat recently vacated by Democrat Jim Webb.

Maryland Schools Get Top Ranking Fourth Year Running


Education Week has released their state report cards, and for the fourth year in a row, Maryland takes the top spot in the nation -- despite not quite scoring an A.

Banks Poised To Plead In Thomas Case

Marshall Banks, a man accused of helping former D.C. councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. steal hundreds of thousands in city funds, faces a plea hearing Friday.