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Morning Roundup, Nov. 8

Barry's mayoral hires now at peak seniority; Virginia Democrats make final push for today's elections; Chief Lanier to get tough on 'confrontational' protesters; Ex-Justice Stevens says recent Maryland redistricting is 'outrageously unconstitutional'; Unqualified support for Gray pick to run 911 call center; Judge: Huguely attorneys can see Love's entire autopsy-medical history; George Washington University professor cut class but gave 'A' grades; O'Malley joins national effort for same-sex marriage.

Morning Roundup: Nov. 7

Family sues D.C. youth rehab agency over son's death; Virginia GOP hoping to extend rebirth; Northern Va. key in Assembly races; Virginia politicians barnstorm amid low-turnout forecast; Biddle's back for a D.C. Council rematch; Miller calls for delay in O'Malley land plan; Miller, Busch expect tough vote on gas-tax hike.

FEMA approves assistance for Louisa, denies it for Lee

The federal government has approved disaster assistance for individuals and business owners for damage resulting from the 5.8-magnitude earthquake that hit Virginia on Aug. 23, Gov. Bob McDonnell announced Friday. A week ago, he had appealed FEMA's initial decision to deny the assistance.

Morning Roundup: Nov. 3

Metro worker avoids prosecution despite stockpiling agency property; Lululemon jury swiftly convicts Norwood; McGarry retires from 'It's Academic'; D.C. lawmakers come clean on secret Tampa trip; Terps athletic program losing millions; USGS: 600 aftershocks from August quake; Gansler talks gay marriage at Salisbury University; Quake damaged Robert E. Lee home.

Morning Roundup: Nov. 2

Questions about Evans cloud D.C. lottery probe; Stewart endorses Allen for Senate; Video shows Norwood fumble questions in Lululemon murder trial; Reagan statue unveiled; O'Malley touts gas tax increase; Cuccinelli testifies on Hill against proposed EPA regulations; Maryland GOP elects Pipkin as Senate minority leader; Closing arguments expected in Currie bribery trial.

Biddle files papers for D.C. Council run

Sekou Biddle, who served as an interim D.C. Council member for about three months before he was ousted in a special election in April, has officially begun a bid to reclaim his at-large seat in next year's election.