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Friday, March 4, 2011

D.C. Marks Anniversary Of Gay Marriage Law

To mark the one-year anniversary of the District's gay marriage law, Mayor Vincent Gray and other city leaders and activists gathered at a church in Southwest D.C.

Rabbit Rescue Begs Parents Not To Impulse Buy This Easter

Buying your child a bunny for Easter sounds like the picture-perfect cliché, but a rabbit-rescue organization in Haymarket, Va., says many end up abandoned.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Gray Orders Police To Vet All Of His Appointments

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has ordered police to conduct full criminal background checks of all his appointees. The move comes amid more questions about his administration's hiring practices.

Coyotes Are Here To Stay In D.C. Region

Coyote sightings are becoming commonplace in certain parts of the D.C. region, and some biologists say humans will have to adapt.

ACLU Plans To Sue Metro Over Bag Searches

The local chapter of the ACLU is looking for people who've had their bags searched at Metro stations because they want to help those people sue Metro.

Constituents Push Delegates On Gay-Marriage Bill

In Annapolis, Md., delegates are feeling the political pressure from constituents both for and against the passage of gay-marriage legislation. The House Judiciary Committee is no closer to voting on the measure and sending it to the House of Delegates.

Peak Cherry Blossom Bloom Time Announced

The National Park Service's chief horticulturalist, Rob DeFeo, says March 29 to April 3 will be the peak bloom period for the cherry blossoms.

O'Malley To Support Offshore Wind Energy, Reduced Estate Tax

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is scheduled to testify in support of two bills Thursday afternoon in Annapolis.

Seven Charged In Sorority Hazing

Prince George's County Police have charged seven University of Maryland sorority sisters with assaulting and hazing a pledge during initiation.

Transit Advocates Want Expanded MARC Service

Advocates for mass transit in Maryland want money from an increased gas tax to go toward expanding the state's MARC train service.

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