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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Spitball Suspension Reaches Virginia Supreme Court

The case of a 14-year-old Spotsylvania teenager suspended for shooting spitballs at fellow students has reached the highest court in the state of Virginia.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

PG County Holds Special Election

A special election to replace former councilwoman Leslie Johnson is underway in Prince George's County. Polls are open until 8 p.m.

Redistricting Plan Passes Maryland Senate

Governor Martin O'Malley's redistricting plan passed through the Maryland Senate on Tuesday, largely along party lines.

Fight At College Fair Forces Evacuation

A fight broke out among students at a college fair at the D.C. convention center Tuesday, forcing the event to be evacuated. 

Expired Tags No Longer Jailable Offense In D.C.

Driving around with expired tags in D.C. won't net you a night behind bars anymore, after emergency legislation passed Tuesday.

Water Leaks Into Lake From Virginia Nuclear Plant

Operators at the North Anna Nuclear Power Plant in Virginia reported that 272 gallons of cooling water from the nuclear reactor was leaked  into a nearby lake.

Body Found In Search For William McQuain

After days of searching, police believe they have found the body of 11-year-old William McQuain, the Germantown boy whose mother was found slain in her apartment last week.

Fairfax Police Looking For Suspect In Abduction Attempts

Police are looking for information related to the attempted abduction of three teenage girls in Fairfax County during the past week.

'Rail-Volution' Conference Eyes Anacostia, Arlington

Officials look out at the 11th Street bridge project over the Anacostia River

Transportation officials and city planners from around the country are in D.C. this week to talk transit-oriented development at the "Rail-Volution" conference.

Maryland Senate To Vote On Redistricting Today

O'Malley at podium in state house

The Maryland State Senate delayed a vote yesterday on a proposed Congressional redistricting plan, after Republicans contended that Governor Martin O'Malley is trying to rush it through.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Oct. 18

Wordy Othello and speechless Othello, Oedipus Rex and Sweet Smell of Success.

Mixed Messages On Renewables At Energy Conference

wind power

There was disagreement at the second energy conference held by Virginia governor Bob McDonnell, with environmental groups concerned that renewable energy sources are downplayed.

Seeking Healthier Meat For D.C. Diners

D.C.'s food decision-makers met Monday in the first-ever "State of the Plate D.C." meeting, to learn more about how natural methods of meat production could yield serious health benefits for consumers.

Restaurant Grease To Fuel D.C. Government Vehicles?


If one D.C. entrepeneur has his way, the city may one day soon use locally-sourced restaurant grease to power its fleet of vehicles.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Vehicle Fleet In D.C. Under Scrutiny

Following the scandal involving councilmember Kwame Brown's "fully-loaded" SUV, a review of D.C.'s fleet of other vehicles has turned up more problems.