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Friday, March 25, 2011

Virginia Toyota Dealerships Tested By Plant Shutdowns

With production of Japanese automobiles abroad stalled since the earthquake, and a recent announcement that Toyota plants in North America could face temporary shutdown, dealerships in and around the D.C. area are scrambling to adjust.

Latest Virginia News

Agencies disagree over whether widening a highway in Culpepper County would harm the historic battlefield area there.

Census Figures Show D.C. On Brink Of Losing Its Black Majority

Newly released census data show D.C. is on the brink of losing its black majority for the first time in 60 years.

African-American Church Leaders Form Response To HIV/AIDS Epidemic

Some of the most respected African-American church leaders in Maryland and the District are coming together to craft a unified response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Chipotle At Odds with Immigration Activists

Immigration and worker activists are targeting area Chipotle stores after the restaurant chain abruptly fired 40 workers suspected of being undocumented.

After Crackdown, ICE Still Has Critics On Both Sides

In Virginia, tensions between Prince William County leaders and the federal immigration enforcement arm, ICE, have eased at least a little in the wake of more than 100 arrests by ICE agents in Northern Virginia this week.

McDonnell Vetoes Physical Education Legislation

Virginia's governor, Bob McDonnell, is vetoing a bill to require 150 minutes of physical education per week for students in Kindergarten through eighth grade.

Virginia Outlawed Synthetic Marijuana

Gov. Bob McDonnell has signed two bills that make possession of synthetic marijuana a misdemeanor. But distribution would be a felony and manufacturing the drug would be punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

Maryland Reviews Case Of Olney Murder Suspect

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is reviewing the case of a man from Olney with a history of mental illness who was arrested Wednesday for shooting two people to death.

MetroAccess Contract Extension Tabled After Lobbying Reports

Metro is delaying the extension of a nearly $500 million contract after reports that the contractor may have hired one of Metro's former top executives to lobby on its behalf.

Arlington Receives Pentagon Stone Recovered On 9/11

In Virginia, the Arlington County Fire Department is receiving an 800-pound stone that was recovered from the Pentagon on 9/11.

'Prize Patrol' Doles Out Scholarships To D.C. Students

The George Washington University "prize patrol" is offering full-ride scholarships to a handful of outstanding D.C. high school seniors for their academic achievements and leadership qualities.

Maryland News Roundup

The state's largest teachers' union has offered to go along with the governor's proposed higher pension contribution rate.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Aerial photography, Shakespearean tragedy, and autumn love.

Latest D.C. News

Census data shows D.C.'s on the brink of losing its black majority for the first time in 60 years.

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