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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Report: Columbia Pike Streetcars Would Cost $250M

An in-depth report on the cost of the proposed streetcar line along Columbia Pike in Arlington has been released, citing costs $90 million more than the budget discussed four years ago.

Lights On Tonight For Capitol Christmas Tree

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It's lights on for the  U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree this evening, as the 65-foot Sierra white fir will be the focus of a ceremony attended by House Speaker John Boehner, among others.

Ehrlich Aide Found Guilty In Robocalls Trial

An aide to former Maryland Gov. Bob Ehrlich has been convicted of violating state election laws and attempting to suppress black voter turnout in connection with several robo-calls that went out on election day 2010. 

Report: Some Teens Get Drunk Driving Habits From Parents

Teenagers may be following in the footsteps of their parents who drive while under the influence, according to a new report. 

Montgomery County Curfew Tabled Amid Outburst

The Montgomery County Council has tabled a proposed teen curfew bill, as well as a related anti-loitering bill.

'Take Back The Capitol' Gathering On National Mall

Demonstrators from around the country carrying the name "Take Back the Capitol" are gathering on the National Mall this week and are expected to march to the Capitol Dec. 6.

Former PG County Exec Jack Johnson Sentenced To 7 Years

Former Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson was sentenced to 7 years in prison, 3 years of probation, and $100,000 fine on federal corruption charges in a U.S. District Court Tuesday.

Sources: Harry Thomas Jr. May Be Asked To Take Leave Of Absence

D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. may be asked ot take a paid leave of absence after his home was raided by FBI and IRS authorities Dec. 2.

Centreville Day Laborer Hiring Site Opens

A hiring center for day laborers that opened Dec. 5 in Centreville may not solve the national immigration debate, but it's hoping to make a dent in its own modest goals: increasing the safety of workers and those hiring them.

Arlington's Top Prosecutor To Retire

The long-time commonwealth's attorney in Arlington is poised to retire, and he reflects on some career highlights, like the famous Marv Albert sexual assault case.

Monday, December 5, 2011

USPS Processing Center Closings To Hit Maryland

The cash-strapped United State Postal Service will be closing 252 mail processing centers across the country next year, including two in Maryland.

D.C. Public Library Offers Late Fee Amnesty

Been avoiding the library because you've got some lingering late fees? The D.C. Public Library is running an amnesty program through February that will forgive past transgressions.

Montgomery County Scrambles To Pay For Pensions

Pensions for Montgomery County employees, fully-funded just a decade ago, are now facing a budget shortfall.

Jackson Browne Lends Voice To Occupy Protesters

Singer-songwriter Jackson Browne was on-hand in Freedom Plaza Monday to bolster the spirits of a broader activist movement that saw 31 arrests over the weekend.

Closing Arguments Underway In Robocalls Trial

Closing arguments are underway in the trial of a political aide to former Gov. Robert Ehrlich, and jurors could receive the case Monday.