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Jim Moran pressured VA on behalf of reverse-auction contractor FedBid
WashingtonTimes.com / Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:05:12 -0400

Rep. James P. Moran pressured the Department of Veterans Affairs to overrule one of its own senior procurement executives in 2012 and reinstate a policy that benefited a well-connected contractor, according to government records that show a VA official thought the congressman was stepping out of bounds.

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Fairfax seeks to dismiss teachers’ lawsuit alleging principal’s bias
WashingtonPost.com / Wed, 29 Oct 2014 23:42:49 GMT

Lawyers representing Fairfax County public schools filed motions to dismiss and split up a federal lawsuit against the school system and a principal who teachers allege discriminated against them based on religious affiliation, gender and race.

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Quince Orchard field hockey tops Springbrook for Maryland 4A West title
WashingtonPost.com / Thu, 30 Oct 2014 02:21:00 GMT

For the rest of her senior year, Brooke Saffer can sneak into her little sister’s room, lay in bed with Skyler and rehash the night they both scored goals in Quince Orchard’s 11th region championship.

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D.C. restaurants prepare for fall with holiday treats
WashingtonTimes.com / Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:28:08 -0400

Halloween is not just for children anymore. Grown-up goblins, ghouls and ghosts will get a special welcome where Washingtonians gather to greet, eat and swap horror stories.

At Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery (1515 N. Courthouse Rd., Arlington, Virginia; 703/243-2410) chef/owner David Guas is bringing back Dat-o-Lantern cookies — ...

Education advocates file amicus brief to dismiss D.C. charters’ funding lawsuit
WashingtonPost.com / Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:00:00 GMT

Fourteen public education advocates and two organizations filed an amicus brief in support of the attorney general’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that the District has failed to provide equal funding to charter and traditional schools in accordance with the law.

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A 1960s housewife stirs things up in Quotidian Theatre Company take on ‘Hedda Gabler’
WashingtonPost.com / Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:31:17 GMT

A surly housewife, too smart to be stuck at home, is bored out of her mind. What will she do today? Pick a fight with her maid? Stir up drama between an old friend and a former fling? Take her late father’s pistols out for target practice in the yard? Definitely all three … and more.

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First vaccine for deadly form of meningitis approved in U.S.
WashingtonPost.com / Wed, 29 Oct 2014 23:56:00 GMT

When meningitis outbreaks sickened students at Princeton and at the University of California at Santa Barbara last year, the schools had to seek special permission to vaccinate their students, using a vaccine that was not yet approved for use in the United States.

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D.C. appeals court calls for new trial in ’93 murder case, citing ‘false evidence’
WashingtonPost.com / Wed, 29 Oct 2014 23:35:00 GMT

The D.C. Court of Appeals has ordered a new trial for two District men convicted in a 1993 fatal shooting, finding that a detective and a prosecutor presented “false evidence” at the trial.

In its ruling last week, the court said Gary Gathers and his childhood friend Keith Mitchell were convicted in the death of Wayne Ballard partly because of the misstatements made to the jury.

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In ‘Live/Life’ at Artisphere, silkworms are the art AND make the art
WashingtonPost.com / Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:30:45 GMT

At Artisphere in downtown Rosslyn, about 4,000 moths are beginning to hatch from their cocoons. Don’t worry; your sweaters are safe, says artist Elsabe Dixon.

Silkworm moths are very civilized,” she says. “They’ve been [bred] to stay in their boxes.”

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Virginia voting rights groups mobilize for Election Day and new photo ID law
WashingtonPost.com / Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:22:00 GMT

When Virginia’s new voter identification law goes into effect statewide Tuesday, voting rights groups will monitor select polling places to help people comply with the rules, which are among the nation’s strictest.

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Anthony Brown’s work as Md. lieutenant governor was mostly behind the scenes
WashingtonPost.com / Thu, 30 Oct 2014 02:41:00 GMT

Anthony G. Brown barely made it to the Maryland House of Delegates in 1999, winning his first Democratic primary by 155 votes.

He was a newcomer to Prince George’s County, lacking deep roots or connections. Once in Annapolis, the man who hopes to be elected governor Tuesday bucked the tradition that freshman lawmakers stay in the shadows. He eagerly spoke up for his constituents and pushed through bills.

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