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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Leslie Johnson Back To Work At P.G. County Council

Prince George's County Council member Leslie Johnson is back to work, according to the Associated Press, nearly a week after colleagues stripped her of an office staff, car and cell phone.

Alexandria Homeless Shelter Receives Makeover

Home makeovers have become commonplace on reality T.V., but a community in Alexandria is pulling together today to put a twist on the concept, by doing a rapid makeover on a homeless shelter.

I-270 Reopens After Gas Main Break, One Lane Open On Clarksburg Road

A portion of Interstate-270 in Maryland has reopened after a gas main break last night, although traffic is only getting through on one lane near Clarksburg Road.

Amid Ongoing Budget Debate, Maryland Prepares For Walter Reed Moves

Marlyand Sen. Ben Cardin (D) is reassuring constituents that brinksmanship over raising the federal debt will not impact BRAC related improvement plans

Va. Considering Changes To Utility Shutoff Rules

Virginia regulators are seeking comments on new time limits restricting utility providers from shutting off services for customers with serious medical conditions.

Va.'s Retirement System May Need Larger Share of Taxpayer Dollars

The Virginia Retirement System had an exceptionally good return on its investments this year. But with less than 75 percent of future liabilities currently funded, a larger share of taxpayer dollars may be needed to fully restore the pension fund.

Caps Rookie Hopes To Be The First Norwegian Goalie In NHL

It was only six years ago that Alex Ovechkin skated in his first Rookie Camp with the Washington Capitals. This week at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, it's another international player hoping to turn some heads.

Gray's Pick For Juvenile Justice Chief Still Faces Opposition

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's nominee for the head of the city's juvenile justice agency continues to face opposition from some D.C. Council members and local union leaders.

D.C. Will Not Become Licensed Gun Dealer

Updated 1:47 p.m. It looks like the District will not become the first jurisdiction in the country to serve as a federally licensed gun dealer.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Cardin Says Federal Budget Deal Will Not Affect BRAC Projects In Maryland

As President Obama continues his series of face-to-face meetings on the budget deficit, Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) is speaking out about the federal budget and its impact in the state.

Va. Tech Professor Brings Minds, Machines Together In 'Laptop Orchestra'

Not all orchestras are made up of just cellos and violins. One composer in Virginia is making use of salad bowls and lawnmowers to create pieces for what he calls a "laptop orchestra."

City Council Tries Again on Cigar-Smoking Exemption

It's round two for the D.C. Council and its attempt to allow cigar smoking at a boxing-themed charity event.

Consider This By Fred Fiske: Concerts

If you don't think the gods have a weird sense of humor, then you probably haven't attended many school performances.

Moran to Hold Interactive Budget Workshop for Residents

Northern Virginia residents with ideas on how to cut the federal budget deficit will get a chance to share those ideas later today.

Presidential Historian Charged with Stealing Millions

Two men from New York City, including a presidential historian, are charged with stealing millions of dollars in documents from the Maryland Historical Society.

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