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Monday, November 28, 2011

National Zoo's Giant Octopus Needs A Name

What's in a name? The National Zoo is soliciting suggestions from younger area residents for their new giant octopus, which is not quite giant just yet.

Robocalls Trial Poised To Start

The jury selection in the case against an aide to former Gov. Robert Ehrlich, who's accused of using robocalls could begin later today.

Johns Hopkins Facing Lawsuit Over 'Science City'

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Johns Hopskins' plans to turn a Gaithersburg, Md. farm into a "Science City" has drawn ire, and a lawsuit, from the former owners, who allege that the proposal represents a breach of their agreement.

Capitol Christmas Tree Completes Cross-Country Trek

The Capitol Christmas Tree has arrived in D.C. Monday, after a 4,000-mile journey from its old home in Stanislaus National Forest in Northern California.

CQ Roll Call: Funding Bill Ends Soon, GOP Split On Payroll Tax, Unemployment

An agreement for handling the soon-to-end stopgap measure is not looking great, and Republicans are split over extending pay roll tax breaks and unemployment benefits.

Virginia Community College Offering Childcare

A Virginia Community College is offering childcare on the campus in hopes of encouraging younger mothers to continue their education.

Capitals Fire Head Coach Bruce Boudreau

Bruce Boudreau's time with the Washington Capitals hockey team has come to an end, as the organization fired the head coach and hired his replacement early this morning.

Va. Farm Bureau To Fight Eminent Domain Again In 2012

Virginia farmers will continue their push this week to minimize the state's use of eminent domain to take farmlands.

MoCo Police Seek Suspect In 3 Wheaton Kidnappings

Police believe the same man is responsible for the kidnappings and robberies of three elderly men at the Westfield Wheaton shopping center this weekend. The suspect has not yet been apprehended.

DCFD: From Horse-Drawn To Horsepower

One of D.C.'s century-old fire companies celebrated its 100th anniversary this weekend, celebrating a time when jumping on the rig involved a bit and saddle. Engine 24's equine members are long gone, but the memory of them lives on.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

MADD Rolls Out New Campaign In Virginia

Mothers Against Drunk Driving is teaming up with Virginia police to raise awareness against drunk driving.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Nov. 28

A Theatre of Objects, Studio's going Bust and lots of mousetraps.

Thousands Of Tree Seedlings To Be Planted In Virginia

More than 30,000 tree seedlings will be planted across the state of Virginia this spring, thanks to a donation from a Northern Virginia furniture store.

Deer Meat Donations On Decline In Virginia

Deer meat donations to Virginia's Hunters for the Hungry program are down 40 percent this year.

1 Dead, 5 Injured In Dupont Circle Shootings, Stabbings

One man is dead, and five others are injured after multiple shootings and stabbings in Dupont Circle early Sunday morning.