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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Redskins Player Charged With Misdemeanor Sexual Abuse

Washington Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth is being charged with misdemeanor sexual abuse.

MoCo Report Outlines Recommendations For Pepco

In Maryland, another report is slamming Pepco's service reliability in Montgomery County -- this one comes from the county itself.

D.C. Police Officer Pleads Guilty To Second-Degree Burglary

A District police officer has pleaded guilty to a second-degree burglary charge and is resigning from the department.

Virginians Consider The Risks And Benefits Of Hydraulic Fracturing

With the dangers of nuclear power playing out in Japan, fighting in Libya pushing up oil prices, and environmentalists urging a reduction in dependence on coal, America is looking for energy alternatives.

One that seemed promising is natural gas. But critics say the process of getting gas from the ground may be risky, which is a question playing out in the Commonwealth.

DDOT to spray ginkgo trees to stem smell

D.C. officials are starting to spray ginkgo trees around the city to stave off the unpleasant odor of its fruits.

Baltimore Transgender Beating May Yield Hate Crime Charges

Maryland prosecutors may file hate crime charges in connection with the beating of a transgender woman at a Baltimore area McDonald's. The two alleged assailants have been arrested and the victim is now recovering.

Montgomery Co. Names New Schools Superintendent

In Montgomery County, school officials have chosen a new superintendent to lead the county's public school system. Dr. Joshua P. Starr comes to Maryland from the public school system in Stamford, Conn.

Cuccinelli Preps For Appeals Court In Health-Care Case

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has rejected Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's call for a fast track appeals process for his case against the Obama Administration's health-care reform law, his office is focusing on next month's arguments before the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Nine Candidates Running In Today's Special Election For D.C. Council

Voters in the District head to the polls Tuesday to select an at-large member for the D.C. Council.

It's a crowded race that political observers say is still wide open. Nine candidates are on the ballot to fill Council Chairman Kwame Brown's old seat.

D.C. Council Struggling To Subpoena Sulaimon Brown

The allegations made by Sulaimon Brown, the former D.C. mayoral candidate who claims he was paid and promised a job by the campaign of Mayor Vince Gray, have prompted several outside probes.

The D.C. Council also wants to hear Brown's side of the story. There's just one problem: they haven't been able to track him down.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Signature Sondheim, mechanical art, and comic opera.

Former Maryland Governor Schaefer Remembered

Former Maryland governor and Baltimore mayor William Donald Schaefer will lie in repose all day at Baltimore City Hall. Funeral services took place at the state capital building in Annapolis Monday.

In Obese Children, Researchers Examine Nature Vs. Nurture

Scientists are still trying to understand the causes of childhood obesity and how best to treat it. Researchers in the area are attacking the problem in a number of different ways: examining environmental influences, genetic triggers, psychological reasons, new medicines, and even epi-genetics, which looks at how the prenatal environment influences genes.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Va. Governor Weighs In On Dulles Metro Controversy

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has sent a letter to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, calling on it to reconsider its recent vote to pursue a tunnel for the stop at Dulles Airport.

U.S. Supreme Court: Va.'s Health Care Suit Can't Be Expedited

The U.S. Supreme Court says it will not allow Virginia's lawsuit against the new health care law to skip the normal appeals process.