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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

D.C.'s Juvenile Justice System Could Be Restructured

D.C. Council member Jim Graham is floating a plan to release youths from the city's juvenile justice system three years earlier.

Environmental Innovations, Impacts At Occupy DC

Protecting the environment from destructive domestic policies is just one of many issues advocated at Occupy DC, but some activists are actually exercising their beliefs in creative, hands-on ways.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Hill: Breaking The Super Commitee Gridlock

With Republicans looking like they may finally yield on tax revenue, The Hill's Alex Bolton weighs in on the new phase of super commitee negotiations.

PG County Defers Ban On Slot Machines

The Prince George's County Council opted Tuesday to put off a decision on a bill that would have effectively banned slot machine casinos in the state, leaving the possibility open for the future, subject to a referendum.

D.C. Council Trying To Limit Secure Communities

The D.C. Council is considering a bill that would limit the District's involvement in the Secure Communities program by cutting in half the time they will detain immigrants brought in on minor offenses.

SBA Steps Up To Provide Disaster Aid To Va.

While FEMA denied Virginia's request for federal disaster assistance following Tropical Storm Lee, the Small Business Association is stepping up to provide relief to area businesses and residents.

Fairfax School Board To Vote On Surveillance Cameras

The Fairfax County School Board says it will vote on whether to allow surveillance cameras inside of schools by the end of the year.

Recordings Released In Jack Johnson Case

The prosecution in the corruption case of former Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson has released damning tapes of Johnson's conversations with his wife on the day of his arrest.

New Signs In Maryland Tell Pedestrians: 'Do Not Cross'

Silver Spring is hoping to curb the number of traffic accidents involving pedestrians by installing markers alongside roads that explicitly tell residents 'Do Not Cross.'

UMD May Cut 8 Sports Teams

The University of Maryland may cut as many as eight teams from its athletics program next year as part of an effort to reduce the department's budget deficit. 

Union Station Opens New Bus Depot

The renovated Union Station bus depot opens today, creating one hub for arrivals and departures on many of the city's low-cost bus services.

Local MS-13 Prostitution Rings Prompt Call For Harsher Penalties

After several MS-13 gang members were convicted recently for running prostitution rings in the D.C. region, one advocacy group is calling for harsher penalties for the clients that engaged in sex acts with underage girls.

Issa Proposes D.C. Budget Autonomy, With A Catch

One member of Congress is looking to provide the District with more budget autonomy, with one exception: abortion.

PG County To Vote On Slot Machine Ban

The Prince George's County Council is considering a zoning measure Tuesday that would essentially ban slot machines from the county.

Solar Landfill To Power Local Elementary School

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Solar panels installed on a former landfill in Howard County, Maryland are expected to generate 90 percent of the electricity used by a neighboring elementary school.