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"That's A Lot Of Bags": D.C. Residents React to Bag Tax Netting $2 Million

D.C. city officials say the plastic bag tax netted a total of about $2 Million this year.  

Check out the video above to see how much D.C. locals guessed the tax brought in, and their amusing reactions when they heard the official number.

DC May Collect Mega-Millions, In Unpaid Fines

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- The District is owed more than 300 million dollars in outstanding parking tickets and fines that date back for years.

The DMV under Mayor Adrian Fenty had a plan for an amnesty for
violators and that plan may be implemented by the new administration
under Mayor Vincent Gray.

While its far from a done deal, Officials today expressed support in
private conversations. DC Council members, including Chairman Kwame
Brown and Mary Cheh also seemed to support an amnesty in their comments.

The amnesty story was first reported Tuesday by the Washington Examiner.

DMV Officials confirm they have considered a program whereby people
who haven't paid their tickets would be allowed to pay the original
fine. The added penalties would be forgiven.

It would be welcome news to drivers who got tickets today outside the
DMV where they were already trying to pay existing tickets.

Free Parking In Effect In DC

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Washington's Department of Public Works has an early Christmas gift for drivers: free parking.

Spokeswoman Linda Grant says no expired parking meter tickets will be written on Friday, the day before Christmas, or on Saturday, Christmas Day. Residential parking restrictions and rush hour parking restrictions will also be suspended.

Drivers should still be careful, however. The Metropolitan Police Department can still write parking tickets for things like parking in an emergency zone or in front of a fire hydrant.

Star Quality: R&B Sensation Mýa Calls Upon DC's 8112 Studios

Star Quality:  R&B Sensation Mýa Calls Upon DC's 8112 Studios

Just off her charitable weekend in the District, Grammy Award Winning Mýa was back in Washington this week to bring a little Hollywood to our Nation’s Capitol with her new music video, “Love is the Answer”.  When seeking where and who would shoot her video, DC’s very own 8112 studios was the obvious “answer” to the singer.  “It is important for me to continue to put D.C. on the map because DC is where I come from, these are my roots which have molded me and influenced me so I love to bring attention and notoriety to my hometown.  D.C. is traditionally associated with just politics but D.C. has so much more.  D.C. has great restaurants, nightlife, great art and a melting pot of culture.  D.C. is the next market to blow up,” said Mýa.

Census Shows DC's First Growth In 60 Years

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The District of Columbia has seen its first population growth in 60 years based on 2010 Census data, surpassing the milestone of 600,000 residents.


The numbers announced Tuesday show the nation's capital grew steadily over the past decade to 601,723 residents this year. That's an increase of 5.2 percent from 572,000 residents in 2000.




Washington's population had been declining since the suburban flight in the 1950s until this turnaround fueled by a real estate boom and the federal government's expansion after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.


The city reached its peak of 802,000 residents in the 1950 census after decades of growth during the New Deal and World War II.
Overall, the nation experienced its lowest rate of growth since the 1930s.

Search Party Volunteers Needed this Sunday for Missing Dog

Search Party Volunteers Needed this Sunday for Missing Dog

In October 2010, life seemed to be turning around for a 90-pound English Mastiff named Olivia.  Rescued by A Forever Home Foundation (AFH), it seemed apparent that she was fought, bred, and abused in her prior home, leaving her terrified of most human interaction.  AFH foster mother Laura Colleton recalls that “her biggest challenge is that…everything in the outside world is new and scary to her. I have never cared for a more needy, vulnerable dog.”

Wiki Leaks and Whistleblowers: Why Private Information Goes Public

Ask an average person to name a whistleblower and they’re likely to think of ‘private citizens’ like Erin Brokovich, Karen Silkwood, and Jeffrey Wigand or journalists like Carl Berstein and Bob Woodward.  These red, white and blue American whistleblowers have been portrayed in Academy Award-winning movies as admirable people who had the courage to reveal wrongdoing in workplaces and government agencies in a spirit of justice.  

But are there other motivations that drive people to release sensitive documents and information that bring down companies and governments?  I believe the answer is yes.  Fame is certainly a motivator...and so is vengeance.  Employers in the private and public sectors that stubbornly refuse to acknowledge the link between employee engagement and corporate security are likely to find themselves the victims of leaks.