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Thursday, December 1, 2011

D.C. Council Rushes To Pass Ethics Reform

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The D.C. Council continues to wrestle with ethics reform, and members got a bit of a tongue-lashing yesterday from D.C. Attorney General Irv Nathan.

Finding Jobs For D.C.'s Ex-Offenders

Half of D.C. residents who have served time in prison or jail may be unemployed, according to a new report from the Council for Court Excellence. Commentator June Kress says this threatens the city's long-term economic health and public safety, and tells the story of James -- one such offender. 

Area Families Rally For Amended Trucking Rules

The families of victims of accidents involving semis are pushing the federal government to make safety restrictions more strict for the trucking industry.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Bay Foundation Decries Emissions At Fracking Sites

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation turned in infrared camera on several natural gas drilling and processing sites along the East Coast, and found alarming air pollution from three quarters of them.

D.C. Fire Chief Aims To Cut Force

D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe is proposing changes to the city's shift structure that will save the city money by increasing the number of days firefighters work from 8 to 22.

Fed Cuts Expected To Hit D.C. Hospitality Industry Hard

Federal budget cuts imposed by President Obama could have a disproportionate effect on the D.C. travel and hospitality industries.

Suspect In Robyn Gardner Case Released, Back In U.S.

Gary Giordano, the Gaithersburg, Md. man who was the primary suspect in the disappearance of Robyn Gardner in Aruba, is back in the U.S. after winning an appeal.

D.C. Police Arrest Two In Taxi Robberies

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A 25 year-old man and a 15 year-old juvenile have been charged in connection with three of 11 recent taxi robberies.

'Blonde Bandit' Caught After Attempted Bank Robbery

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The police have arrested a suspect in a string of bank robberies across the D.C. region, after tailing her vehicle and capturing her after a short foot chase.

Metro Completes First Phase of Escalator Project

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WMATA has completed the first phase of a $150 million project that is aimed at improving the reliability of Metro escalators.

Lincoln Biopic: Spielberg Film Brings Local Opportunities

In the first part of a three-part series, reporters explore the opportunities and financial boon brought to Richmond by the filming of Steven Spielberg's biopic about Abraham Lincoln.

Union Station Cancels Tree Lighting Due To Earthquake Damage


Union Station's holiday tree lighting ceremony has been cancelled this year, thanks to continuing earthquake repairs.

National Journal: Which Markets Will Be Big Players For 2012 Campaign Ads?

Washington, D.C. is likely to rank high among the top media markets targeted for campaign ads during the 2012 race, according to National Journal Hotline's Reid Wilson.

Suspect Arrested In Wheaton Carjackings

Police have charged a Landover man with kidnapping and armed robbery in connection with the abduction and robbery of three elderly men over the weekened.

KKK Robes Donated To African American Museum

The National Museum of African American History and Culture's collection will include two Ku Klux Klan robes, which were donated this week.