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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

High Stakes In Virginia Elections

Election Day is less than a week away, and the races in Virginia are expected to foreshadow the state's political climate for the coming year and the 2012 General Election. 

Jury Deliberation Underway At Norwood Trial

Closing arguments wrapped up Wednesday afternoon, and jury deliberation is underway in the trial of Brittany Norwood, accused of the first-degree murder of her coworker.

Reagan Statue Installed At Airport

A new 9-foot-tall statue of Ronald Reagan now preside over Terminal A at Reagan National Airport.

DOD Coughs Up $270M To Ease BRAC Traffic

Local lawmakers are finally getting what they asked for: the Department of Defense will put in $270 million for road projects to reduce traffic resulting from BRAC near Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda and Fort Belvoir in Fairfax County. 

Mayor Voices Concerns Over Security at 'Occupy Baltimore'

Occupy Baltimore protesters, who have been camping in Inner Harbor's McKeldin Square for several weeks, are now facing some security challenges that concern Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

Maryland Immigrants Get A Boost Toward Citizenship

For many immigrants, a little help with the fee standing between them and U.S. citizenship can go a long way.

Biddle To Run For D.C. Council Seat

Former D.C. Council member Sekou Biddle will make another run for the council next year. He filed papers with the elections board Tuesday to run as a Democrat for the at-large seat currently held by Council member Vincent Orange in the April 2012 primary.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Nov. 2


Ancient Greeks meet graffiti art, an abstract painter gives a concrete lecture and an orchestra tackles two greats.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Victim's Mother Testifies In Lululemon Trial

Phyllis Murray, the mother of the victim in the murder at the Lululemon store in Bethesda, Maryland, was allowed to testify on Tuesday.

Synthetic Marijuana Targeted In D.C.

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Synthetic marijuana is in the crosshairs of the D.C. government, with the D.C. council issuing a proposal to ban the substances.

Micro Loans Offered For Maryland Immigrants


Maryland immigrants pursuing naturalization will find some help with a new micro loan program announced by Casa de Maryland.

Virginia Students Best National Average In Math, Reading

While Virginia's educational report card showed low scores, students outperformed the national average and showed improvement over last year.

Found Autistic Virginia Boy Still In Hospital

Robbie Wood Jr., the young autistic boy who was found after nearly a week of searching in the woods of North Anna Battlefield Park last week, remains in the hospital in stable condition.

Maryland Lawmakers Propose Bill To Help Wounded Warriors

Sen. Ben Cardin and Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, both of Maryland, are proposing to expand a program that would help military families stay with their wounded warriors.

Obama Delivers Infrastructure Speech At Key Bridge

President Obama spoke at Georgetown Waterfront Park Wednesday to pitch the infrastructure spending aspect of his American Jobs Act.