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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Maryland's Piscataway Tribes Receive State Recognition

Two Maryland groups of Native Americans have received official recognition from Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D).

NoVA School Officials See Pros And Cons To McDonnell Plan

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is proposing big changes for Virginia's public schools, and the plan is getting mixed reivews from Northern Virginia school officials.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Congress Honors Montgomery County Cop

Congress is honoring a Montgomery County police officer for his bravery during the Discovery Communications building hostage crisis in 2010.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Jan. 10

Buraka Som Sistema, Rap-Punzel, plus Post-apocalyptic adventure art.

Snow Flurries Fall Across D.C. Region

Snow flurries greeted the Washington, D.C. region Monday afternoon, but significant accumulation is unlikely.

D.C. Gay Activist Group Supports GOP In New Hampshire

A group of gay activists from the District is rallying for Republicans in New Hampshire, despite the GOP's strong stance against same-sex marriage.

Screens Show Real-Time Transit Schedules

New monitors displaying real-time transit schedules aim to make commuters' lives a little easier.

Teen Killed Over Tennis Shoes In D.C.

A 19-year-old man was killed over his tennis shoes Sunday morning in the District, marking the third homicide this year in D.C.

Fairfax County Seeking New County Executive

Fairfax County is looking for a new county executive, and a nationwide search for candidates is underway. Current County Executive Anthony Griffin will retire in April.

CQ Roll Call: Congress Collaboration For State Of The Union, Blankley's Remembrance On The Hill

As bitter partisanship continues on the Hill, some members are attempting to expand their vision for collaboration for this year’s State of the Union.

Could Baltimore Move Its City Elections?

Some Baltimore residents are calling for a new election cycle in order to promote higher voter turnout.

Metro Behind On Training Employees To Spot Suicidal Riders

Metro is falling behind in its plan to deal with suicide attempts, even as the number of people who try to take their own lives in the transit system appears to be going up.

Making It Easier To File Federal Taxes

A University of Maryland law professor is arguing that it's not just the tax code that needs to be changed -- but also the method of filing taxes each year.

Local Officials Reflect On One Year Since Tucson Shooting

Local officials are pausing to eye gun control laws this week after the anniversary of the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 19 others. 

Setting The Date For A Special Election

The District will have to hold a special election to replace former council member Harry  Thomas Jr., but current council members don't necessarily agree about when that special election should be held.