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Monday, January 23, 2012

CIA Officer Charged With Leaking Classified Information

A former CIA officer who reportedly participated in the interrogation of terrorist Abu Zubaydah has been charged with leaking classified information.

Metro Workers Need Better Safety Measures

According to the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, around 2 million Americans are victims of workplace violence each year, and among them are Metro workers.

Move To Legalize Marijuana In Virginia Easy As ABC


A Democratic delegate out of Alexandria, Va. wants the commonwealth to explore the potential economic impact if marijuana was allowed to be sold in liquor stores.

Virginia Delegate Fights For Incandescent Bulbs

A Virginia delegate is introducing legislation that would counter the federal government's plan to phase out incandescent bulbs for more energy-efficient fluorescents.

Gabrielle Giffords Steps Down, Expected To Attend State Of The Union

Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' announcement to step down from Congress adds one more election to a year already packed with races across the country.

Report Should Clear D.C. Council For Lottery Deal

A report to be released later this week is expected to clear the D.C. Council of illegal conduct when they voted to legalize online gambling and picked a new lottery vendor.

Anti-Abortion Protesters Rally On The Mall

March for Life protesters are planning to march from Constitution Avenue to the Supreme Court building, in opposition to Roe vs. Wade.

Fire Destroys D.C. Townhome

A two-alarm fire destroyed one townhome and damaged two others early this morning.

Baltimore Priest Arrested For Indecent Exposure

A priest has been suspended from duty at a Baltimore County church after being arrested on indecent exposure charges.

Obama Addresses Divided Congress For State Of The Union

Obama is expected to face a divided Congress and disgruntled public during his third State of the Union address on Tuesday.

Alexandria Approves Waterfront Plan

The City of Alexandria approved a massive waterfront redevelopment plan Saturday, but the plan's opponents say they will not give up their fight. 

Metro Access Contractor To Stop Providing Service In Feb.

A provider of van services for disabled Metro riders will no longer be operating the agency's Metro Access vans, accoridng to WMATA officials. The change is not expected to affect Metro Access service.

District Leaders Oppose WWI Memorial Bill

D.C. leaders are opposing a new bill in Congress that would repurpose a citywide WWI memorial for a national one.

Audit Finds D.C.'s Approval Of Online Gambling Was Legal

D.C.'s inspector general is expected to clear the D.C. Council of any wrongdoing in connection with the council's approval of online gaming in the District.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Breaking The Cycle When Dropping Out Runs In The Family

Saundra Walker, one of four generations of people in her family to drop out of high school, remembers feeling powerless and angry to stop history from repeating itself as her kids dropped out. At 58, she's going back to get her GED diploma -- but she wonders, will things be any different for the next generation?