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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

D.C. Residents Help Occupy Congress

The 'Take Back The Capitol' protests began in earnest Tuesday, with D.C. residents among those occupying the offices of Republicans like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

After DWI, FAA Administrator Resigns

Randy Babbitt, the FAA administrator arrested for drunk driving in Fairfax over the weekend, has officially tendered his resignation.

The Hill: Sen. McCain's Presidential Endorsement, GOP Leadership In Senate

 The Hill's Alex Bolton says Senator McCain may go back on his promise to stay neutral in the bid for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, potentially tipping the scales in Romney's favor.

Residents React To Jack Johnson Sentencing

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Reaction from residents was mixed to the sentencing of former Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson to more than 7 years in federal prison on corruption charges.

D.C. Council Approves Ethics Bill

The D.C. Council, including the besieged Harry Thomas Jr., approved an ethics bill Tuesday that would restrict political spending and create an ethics board to oversee violators. The bill will get a final vote in two weeks.

Virginia Announces $940 Million I-95 HOT Lane Deal

Virginia has struck a $940 million deal with a private contractor to expand the High Occupancy Toll lanes on I-95 in Northern Virginia.

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.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Four Schools Fail New D.C. Public Charter School Rankings

D.C.'s Public Charter School Board unveiled their new ranking system, splitting the District's 70 charter schools into three tiers -- with potentially dire consequences for low-scorers.

IRS Owes 345 D.C. Residents Tax Refunds

The Internal Revenue Service is looking for more than 300 D.C. residents, but perhaps not for the reasons you'd think.