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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Registry For Va. Abusers Lacks Momentum

The Virginia Crime Commission will decide by December whether to implement registries for domestic and animal abusers, though so far the proposal hasn't garnered much support.

Prosecutors: Crank Calls Netted Md. Man $4M


A Md. man could face as many as 20 years in jail for engineering a crank calling scam which used pay phones to scam companies and government organizations out of $4 million over six years.

Capital Bikeshare Celebrates First Birthday

The Capital Bikeshare is celebrating its first birthday with a free party at Yards Park Thursday, to coincide with Car Free Day.

PG County Holds Special Primary Election

council seat vacated by leslie johnson

Prince George's County is holding a special election for District 6 on Tuesday, to fill the county council seat vacated in the wake of Leslie Johnson's bribery scandal.

P.G. County Rolls Out New Speed Cameras Near Schools

Speed camera sign

If they weren't already, drivers in Prince George's County should take care in school zones from now on. A dozen new speed cameras went into effect today near elementary schools in the county.

Md.'s DHCD Move Angers Anne Arundel

Rendering of new DHCD building

Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker is beaming over Governor Martin O'Malley's announcement that the state's housing agency will move to his county, but his counterpart in Anne Arundel County isn't exactly thrilled.

D.C. Weighs How To Spend Surplus


The District got some good news about its financial information recently: an $89 million surplus. Now, council members need to decide what to do with it.

D.C. Council Member Calls For Pay Raise

Vincent Orange

Among the many suggestions for helping clean up ethics issues in the D.C. government is at-large council member Vincent Orange's proposal to raise members' pay by 40 percent -- and prevent them from having other jobs.

Pioneer Program Battles Transgender Discrimination

Transgender women at desk with instructor

A new D.C. program seeks to help transgender residents overcome the workplace discrimination that often drives them to live on the street.

Monday, September 19, 2011

D.C. Area Democrats Praise Obama's Plan

chris van hollen

Democrats from around the D.C. region are praising President Obama's plan to raise taxes on millionaires and close tax loopholes.

Trial For D.C. Activists Postponed

A judge has postponed the trial for eight D.C. voting rights activists arrested outside the Capitol in April, offering criticism of the government and police.

FHA Pre-Approves Tolls For Virginia's I-95

Driving along Interstate 95 in Virginia could get costly, as the Federal Highway Administration has given preliminary approval for tolls.

Md. Joins Nine States In Labor Crackdown

Maryland has signed on to become part of a joint effort to crack down on business that misclassify workers, robbing them of wages and labor protections.

Md. Housing Dept. Moving To New Carrolton

governor martin o'malley

Md. Gov. Martin O’Malley is announcing the relocation of the state’s Department of Housing and Community Development to a ‘soon-to-be-built’ facility in New Carrolton.

Bald Eagle Shot Dead In Maryland

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Police are investigating the fatal shooting of a bald eagle near Cumberland.