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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Some Montgomery Co. Dems Pan Maryland Redistricting Plan

Although Democrats state wide stand to benefit from Maryland's proposed redistricting plan, Democrats in Montgomery County aren't so sure they support the new map.

Loudoun Schools Hit Obstacles To Buying Local Produce

For Loudoun County schools seeking to serve local food, buying produce from Loudoun County's own farms proves difficult. The reason? Mainly the price.

Loudoun Schools Struggle To Buy Local Loudoun Produce

Hydroponic farm

For Loudoun County schools seeking to serve local food, buying produce from Loudoun County's own farms proves difficult. The reason? Mainly the price.

Frank Kameny, Lifelong Gay Rights Activist, Dies At 86

Kameny, a lifelong gay rights activist that brought forth the first civil rights case based on sexual orientation, died Tuesday at his D.C. home.

Cantor: Occupy Wall Street 'More Divisive' Than Tea Party

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) softened his language slightly on the Occupy Wall Street protests this week, although he did still say the protests are "more divisive" than last year's tea party protests. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Oct. 12

all the presidents men

More quakes, they’re Bach, labors of love and fall fashion.

Proposed Database Could Lower Virginia Healthcare Costs

A database containing healthcare information could significantly lower costs for Virginia residents, according to a state subcommittee.

Latinos Decry 'Secure Communities' In D.C.

Advocates hold banner on steps of city hall

Latinos are voicing their opposition to the implementation of "secure communities" policies in D.C., which discourage victims of violence from reporting crimes for fear of deportation.

Funding Scarce For Minority Arts Groups

Arts funding is not created equal, according to an arts funding watchdog that is criticizing the diminishing quantity of funds going to groups that serve racially diverse communities.

Study: Maryland Drivers Prefer Fees To Taxes


In on-going efforts to fund road improvements in Maryland, a survey indicates that residents would prefer increased inspection fees to close budget gaps instead of tax hikes.

Six Demonstrators Arrested In Senate Building

Protester with U.S. Capitol Police

Six protesters were arrested and charged with unlawful conduct-demonstrating in a Capitol building, after they joined some others in unfurling banners and chanting in the atrium of the Senate Hart Office Building 

Poll Shows Cain, Romney Even In Virginia

herman cain and mitt romney

Herman Cain has leap-frogged Texas Governor Rick Perry in polls of Virginia GOP voters, going from six percent to to 21 percent, tying him with Mitt Romney.

Northern Virginia Battlefield Added To Historic Registry

A major Civil War-related site in Northern Virginia has been added to the state's register of historic places, along with a general store in Fairfax County and a firehouse in Roanoke, Va.

Metrobus Driver Stabbed While Assisting Passenger

A 28-year-old Metrobus driver is recovering this morning after being stabbed several times when he tried to help a female passenger that got into a confrontation with another rider. Police have arrested a 52-year-old man in the stabbing.

Last Day For Comment On Virginia Gay Adoption Rules

Today is the last day for Virginians to weigh in on whether the state prohibits faith-based adoption agencies from discriminating against same-sex couples looking to adopt children.