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Monday, September 1, 2014

Group Sues To Stop Purple Line On Behalf Of Shrimp-Like Species

The Friends of the Capital Crescent Trail are moving forward with a lawsuit to halt the Purple Line in order to protect several endangered species of amphipod — a tiny freshwater invertebrate native to the area.

D.C. Area Children More Likely To Receive Measles Vaccinations

Rates of vaccination for the measles are above the national average in Maryland and D.C., but with a record number of measles cases across the country, there is room for improvement.

Jury Gets Its Chance In McDonnell Corruption Trial

The trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen enters its sixth week this week — but with final arguments in the bag, it is now up to the jury to decide a verdict on 14 counts.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Beach Officials Lift Swimming Restrictions, Urge Caution

The threat of rip currents has Ocean City officials urging caution over Labor Day weekend, even as they eased restrictions.

Three Cases Of Whooping Cough Identified In Montgomery County Schools

Dozens of Montgomery County children were exposed to whooping cough at a summer camp, leading to at least three confirmed cases.

Ocean City Moves Forward With Partial Smoking Ban

Officials in Ocean City, Maryland, voted to restrict smoking to designated areas on its beach and boardwalk starting next summer, but the council is not ready to ban smoking entirely in the resort.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Labor Day Traffic: High Congestion And Lower Gas Prices

Close to 850,000 area residents are traveling for the last holiday weekend of the summer season, according to an estimate by AAA MidAtlantic.

Baker: Prince George's County Would Roll Out Red Carpet For New Stadium

Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker believes his county has "a leg up" in keeping the Redskins in the county.

American Bison Return To National Zoo As Reminder Of Conservation Movement

In honor of its 125th anniversary, the National Zoo is once again home to the animals that sparked the conservation movement: the American Bison.

McDonnell Trial Comes To An End As Jurors Ready For Closing Arguments

Jurors in the ongoing corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife will hear closing arguments today.

Montgomery County Officials Urge Residents To Learn CPR

Fire and rescue officials in Montgomery County are urging residents to learn CPR, and say that becoming certified in the life-saving technique takes much less time now.

Former Washingtonian Swings Into Town As Spider-Man

Moe Alafrangy's mom enrolled him in a martial arts class to help him make friends. They had no idea that long-ago decision would lead to his current gig as a superhero.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

After Near-Death Experience, Maryland Man Thanks Woman Who Saved His Life

In May while jogging, Michael Liu collapsed and went into cardiac arrest in a park in Rockville. A passerby, Heather Von Kurtz, helped save his life.

Testimony Wraps In McDonnell Trial, Closing Arguments Expected Friday

Leaving the courthouse this afternoon, the former Virginia governor said he was confident in his legal team's defense: "We've got three of the best law firms in the country that are working on this case."

Maryland Legislator Among 145 Arrested At White House Immigration Protest

Maryland State Delegate Ana Sol Gutierrez, who hails from El Salvador, was among those arrested for civil disobedience during an immigration protest at the White House this afternoon.