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Friday, November 18, 2011

CQ Roll Call: Obama Not Likely To Step In On Super Committee

With the super committee impasse looking more and more certain, President Obama is unlikely to step in before the deadline. 

McDonnell Wraps Up India Trade Trip

Gov. Bob McDonnell says Virginia's trade agreements with India could be a boost to the state.

USDA Offering Loans To Maryland Farmers

After a growing season plagued by extreme weather, Maryland farmers will have the chance for emergency loans from the USDA to help recoup their losses.

Wind Turbines Scare Off Md. County

Once a leader on new wind power projects, Garrett County, Md. may be changing its tune now that turbines are installed.

Orchard To Help Expand Bread For The City's Menu

D.C. nonprofit Bread for the City might be branching out into some fruitier food for the city with the opening of its new orchard in Maryland.

Civil Rights Complaint Filed Against Va. State Police

The Florida Civil Rights Association has filed a complaint against two Virginia State Troopers after an incident in Arlington.

Van Hollen Rejects GOP Super Committee Offer

Rep. Chris Van  Hollen (D-Md.) says the tax revenues deal that super committee Republicans put on the table this week was never a serious offer.

Decision Near For Columbia Pike Streetcar

Alexandria is offering to house the maintenance yard for Arlington's planned streetcar line, provided it is extended for residents there as well.

Meatless Monday: Moderation At The Dinner Table

Even as meaty holiday meals become the norm this month, there are some who are practicing the 'everything in moderation' mantra by opting to eat less meat.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Three D.C. Nonprofit Directors Honored

Three directors of nonprofits in the District have been honored by the Meyers Foundation for their work in the community, replete with a $100,000 award.

Candidate Alleges Virginia Debates Exclusionary

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Julien Modica, a candidate for the Virginia Senate seat being vacated by Jim Webb, is filing a suit to open the state's debates to candidates who don't currently meet the requirements.

Transgender Activists Call For Better Treatment From Police

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Crimes against transgender people have lower rates of closure than for the general population, which prompted activists to call for measures to put an end to biased police attitudes.

Study: Virginia School Discipline Too Harsh

Disciplinary procedures in Virginia schools are causing more problems than they solve, particularly for special needs and African-American students, according to a study.

Judge Fines Voting Rights Group

A judge fined a group of six voting rights protestors who demonstrated with Mayor Gray in April $200 each.

Smuckers Recalls Peanut Butter After Salmonella Scare

Smuckers is recalling jars of peanut butter that were distributed to the D.C. area in recent weeks that may be contaminated with salmonella.