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City State Archive: December 2011


  • Morning Roundup, Dec. 29

    Virginia will play big in 2012 elections; IG report: Metro skirted hiring practices; Justice clears way for online gambling; D.C. issued 1.6M parking tickets in a year; Post: Black student expelled more than whites; Butt slasher likely fled to Peru; Maryland might have most gerrymandered congressional districts; Brown returns money from tax evader Stewart. Published December 29 2011

  • Bartlett steps up fundraising for Md. House race

    Maryland Rep. Roscoe Bartlett says he's stepping up fundraising for a re-election bid now that a court has dismissed a challenge to the redistricting map that made the state's 6th Congressional District more competitive. Published December 28 2011

  • Morning Roundup: Dec. 28

    D.C. resident readies for city hall recall effort; Joint effort in Virginia to challenge Romney, Paul certifications; Perry files ballot suit in Va.; Some Va. Assembly bills appear ghostwritten; Norton calls for full audit of Union Station; Va. merchants push for Amazon to pay state sales tax; More speed cameras planned for Prince George's; Maryland lawmaker wants to ban Internet 'sweepstakes' gambling. Published December 28 2011

  • Morning Roundup: Dec. 27

    Police-involved shootings on rise; D.C. to announce medical marijuana growers; McDonnell budget without Potomac funds; Md. lawmakers already filing General Assembly bills; D.C. Council sets I-gaming hearing; Va. General Assembly poised to scrap over K-12 funding; Wiz fans boo Kardashian's ex, Humphries; Md. financier pitching infrastructure plan to Congress. Published December 27 2011

  • Morning Roundup: Dec. 26

    Post-Christmas shopping begins; Report: Va. needs roughly $20M for recommended child mental health services; Outside firm will check for cheating on D.C student tests; Prince George's 911 operators slowed by odd calls; Montgomery Co. wants to join Capital Bikeshare network. Published December 26 2011

  • 639 Social Security numbers potentially accessible to public through Va. website

    The Virginia Department of General Services (DGS) said Friday that it "deeply regrets" confirming that personal information, including 639 Social Security numbers, was potentially made available to the public and that it has removed the information from the internet. Published December 23 2011

  • Morning Roundup: Dec. 22

    Poll: Virginians still divided on uranium mining; Census: D.C. has fastest-growing population; Frey enters race for Va. attorney general; Marylanders react to proposed redistricting map; Pepco will pay $1M fine for outage delays; Audit: Fired Md. workers rehired by other agencies; Four overnight shootings in D.C. Published December 22 2011

  • Reports suggest Harry Thomas's troubles may be mounting

    A federal probe into whether D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. redirected funds intended for youth sports programs has expanded to include $832,000 in public grants intended for community and gang-intervention initiatives, a neighborhood newspaper is reporting. Published December 21 2011

  • Frey jumps into Virginia AG race

    Fairfax County Circuit Court Clerk John Frey announced Wednesday that he's running for attorney general in 2013, joining Albemarle Delegate Robert B. Bell, a fellow Republican, who said he was running earlier this month. Published December 21 2011

  • Morning Roundup: Dec. 21

    D.C. Council passes ethics legislation; Federal court hears suit against Md. congressional map; Bolling ties hopes to Romney; Metro inspects rail cars following Tuesday mishap; 2-year-old left alone in apartment; Montgomery Co. police solve fewer than 1-in-4 robberies; Kaine decries cut to signature preschool program. Published December 21 2011

  • Morning Roundup: Dec. 20

    Va. officials meet to discuss possible Silver Line overruns; Deadly night in D.C.; Gingrich to Richmond; Maryland GOP: New map protects powerful Democrats; Md. judge hears redistricting suit; D.C. wants to overhaul cabs; Judge hears update about Wilder-led bankrupt slavery museum. Published December 20 2011

  • Morning Roundup: Dec. 19

    P.G. cracks down on clubs, other venues beset by violence; McDonnell announces biennial budget; D.C. police to release findings of internal investigation involving fed agents; PlanMaryland hits O'Malley's desk; Report out on Virginia uranium mining; Proposed Md. redistricting map targets GOP delegates; Hearing for accused White House shooter. Published December 19 2011

  • What's up with that?

    The IRS filed a tax lien on D.C. Council member Marion Barry, Ward 8 Democrat, for more than $3,200 in unpaid federal income taxes for last year. What's up with that? Published December 18 2011

  • McDonnell seeks quick end to detested sales-tax program

    Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell trickled out more of his budget plan for the next biennium Friday, announcing that he would seek $50 million to virtually eliminate a program that requires certain retailers to remit sales tax payments a month early. Published December 16 2011

  • House votes to cap parking spaces at Mark Center

    Tucked into the 2012 omnibus spending bill that cleared the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday are two measures of huge import for Northern Virginia commuters: language in the bill caps the number of parking spaces at 2,000 at the Mark Center in Alexandria and requires the Army to comply with recently-issued recommendations from the Defense Department's inspector general. Published December 16 2011

  • Gray wants feds to reimburse for policing OccupyDC

    D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray says he will ask the federal government to reimburse the District for police overtime costs associated with the Occupy movement. Published December 15 2011

  • Barry: Poor communication led to tax delinquency

    D.C. Council member Marion Barry says poor communication between "my representatives and the different IRS divisions" is to blame for a tax lien the federal government recently filed against one of his properties, adding to his well-documented tax woes. Published December 15 2011

  • Morning Roundup: Dec. 15

    Virginia agencies can ban gay adoption; IRS files tax lien on Barry; Gray prepares city for snowstorms; Metro cracks down on iThefts; Maryland lawmakers meet, make influential spending recommendations; Police mistakenly says Virginia man murdered daughter; D.C. to regulate tattooing and body piercing; Sun: Maryland could play roll in GOP presidential primary. Published December 15 2011

  • McDonnell rolls out higher-ed package

    Gov. Bob McDonnell on Wednesday leaked part of the two-year budget he will propose next week, announcing a funding package that will include $100 million per year for higher education. Published December 14 2011

  • Morning Roundup: Dec. 14

    Maryland, Virginia didn't adjust gas tax for inflation; D.C. clinic accused of fraud; Va. votes on adoption regulations that could affect gay couples; Maryland advocate wants tax increase on smokeless tobacco; D.C. campaign finance office releases latest report; Md. Delegate O'Donnell to challenge Hoyer; Metro: Crime dropped in 3rd quarter; Microsoft eyes St. Elizabeths property; Report finds Prince George's among Md.'s unhealthiest counties. Published December 14 2011