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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Smaller Crowd Expected At MLK Dedication

MLK Memorial

After the dedication of the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in D.C. was cancelled last month during Hurricane Irene, organizers are now expecting a much smaller crowd at the rescheduled event. 

Gov. McDonnell's Approval Rating Soars

Governor Bob McDonnell

Virginians appear to be bucking the national trend: they're happy with their elected leaders.

Va. Board To Vote On Abortion Regulations

Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Virginia

The Virginia Board of Health will vote Thursday on controversial emergency regulations that increase standards in the Commonwealth's 22 abortion clinics.

D.C. Barbershop Program Teaches About Life

54th and Cutz

Kids from the most troubled areas of Northeast D.C. are getting another chance with a new barbershop program that teaches them skills to succeed in work and in life.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

D.C. Councilman: Quake Response A Failure

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments sat down to review the District's response to the myriad of crises in the last month, and some were less than pleased.

Poll Shows Virginians Favor Abortion Rules

A proposed law that would impose standards on abortion clinics has won support in Virginia, despite critics' claims that is a backdoor attempt to limit access to abortions.

Dulles Plane Carrying Justice Ginsburg Evacuated

Flight 586

United Airlines Flight 586, carrying Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, was evacuated on Wednesday after engine problems caused smoke to be detected in the cabin.

Md. Seeks Harriet Tubman National Park

harriet tubman visitors center

Maryland senator Ben Cardin is sponsoring a bill that would create two national parks dedicated to Harriet Tubman and her fight against slavery.

Gardner Case: Defense Hires Anthony Attorney

Robyn Gardner

The family of Gary Giordano, the Gaithersburg, Md. man suspected in the disappearance of Robyn Garden, has hired the attorney who successfully defended Casey Anthony.

Paula Young Shelton: Learning To Take In Life's Beautiful Moments

On D.C. mother learns a lesson about her family, and herself, during a tumultuous breakfast.

GMU Named #2 Up-And-Coming School

George Mason University sign

George Mason University is the second most up-and-coming school in the country right now, according to U.S. News and World Report rankings released this week. 

Perry Joins McDonnell At Va. Fundraiser

Republican presidential candidate and Texas Governor Rick Perry is taking a break from early primary states to attend a fundraiser in Virginia today. National Journal Hotline editor Reid Wilson talks about the political climate in the state.

Arlington To Give 100 Homes To Homeless

Arlington house

Arlington County is working to provide homes for 100 of its most needy homeless individuals in the coming months.

D.C. Region's Uninsured Below Average


Despite a rising poverty rate, the number of uninsured in the D.C. region is below the national average.

Kaine Rejects GOP Claims About Social Security

Tim Kaine at podium

Former Virginia Governor and U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine went on the offensive Tuesday, attacking Republican claims that Social Security needs reforms.