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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Opponents Of Alexandria Waterfront Threaten Lawsuit

A group of Alexandria residents say they are prepared to sue the city if the City Council votes in favor of a proposed waterfront redevelopment plan early next year. 

Wells Calls For More Drastic Ethics Reforms

As the D.C. Council zeroes in on revamping the city's ethics laws, one issue in particular has remained in the spotlight: the so-called "constituent services funds."

One Family's Choice To Go TV-Free

Many children now spend far more time watching TV than reading, something that commentator Bonnie Auslander wasn't happy to see happening in her own home. Now, at her home, the trend is going in the other direction.

Deer Wasting A Concern For Virginia

The Virginia Department of Game and Fisheries is asking for help from the state's hunters in trying to contain the spread of a chronic neurological disease.

Monday, November 28, 2011

MPD Increases Patrols Around 'Occupy' Camps

Metro police are stepping up patrols near the Occupy DC and Stop the Machine camps in downtown D.C., citing increased petty crime and instances of public defecation.

Alleged White House Shooter To Get More Psych Tests

Prosecutors have filed a motion to perform additional psychiatric tests on alleged White House shooter Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, after initial tests found him competent to stand trial.

Virginia Gets DOT Funds For Road Repairs

The U.S. Department of Transportation is giving Virginia more than $2 million to compensate for damage to area roads and bridges suffered during Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.

National Zoo's Giant Octopus Needs A Name

What's in a name? The National Zoo is soliciting suggestions from younger area residents for their new giant octopus, which is not quite giant just yet.

Robocalls Trial Poised To Start

The jury selection in the case against an aide to former Gov. Robert Ehrlich, who's accused of using robocalls could begin later today.

Johns Hopkins Facing Lawsuit Over 'Science City'

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Johns Hopskins' plans to turn a Gaithersburg, Md. farm into a "Science City" has drawn ire, and a lawsuit, from the former owners, who allege that the proposal represents a breach of their agreement.

Capitol Christmas Tree Completes Cross-Country Trek

The Capitol Christmas Tree has arrived in D.C. Monday, after a 4,000-mile journey from its old home in Stanislaus National Forest in Northern California.

CQ Roll Call: Funding Bill Ends Soon, GOP Split On Payroll Tax, Unemployment

An agreement for handling the soon-to-end stopgap measure is not looking great, and Republicans are split over extending pay roll tax breaks and unemployment benefits.

Virginia Community College Offering Childcare

A Virginia Community College is offering childcare on the campus in hopes of encouraging younger mothers to continue their education.

Capitals Fire Head Coach Bruce Boudreau

Bruce Boudreau's time with the Washington Capitals hockey team has come to an end, as the organization fired the head coach and hired his replacement early this morning.

Va. Farm Bureau To Fight Eminent Domain Again In 2012

Virginia farmers will continue their push this week to minimize the state's use of eminent domain to take farmlands.