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Friday, May 27, 2011

Ocean City Street Performers Plan Protest On Boardwalk

Thousands of people are expected in Ocean City, Md., for Memorial Day weekend, but not everyone is planning to have fun in the sun. Street performers will be protesting a regulation that limits where they can perform.

Police Seeking New Suspect In AU Professor's Murder

The Montgomery County Police have issued an arrest warrant charging Jorge Rueda Landeros for last year's murder of American University Professor Sue Ann Marcum, according to police spokesperson Angela Cruz.

Park Service Rededicates Civil War Cemetery In DC

Over the Memorial Day Weekend, the National Park Service is rededicating a cemetery that holds the graves of 41 Union soldiers who died defending Washington during the Civil War.

Daily Briefing's David Hawkings: GOP Sticks To Budget Plans, For Now

Republicans hold tight to budget and health care plans, despite losing the special election in New York, says David Hawkings, editor of CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing. Hawkings also tells Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey that the Senate is symbolically staying in session next week.

WaPo's Bob McCartney: Va. To Get A Break On BRAC

WAMU Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey interviews Washington Post Metro columnist Robert McCartney on the BRAC moves expected to affect military installations in the region and the plans to redistrict D.C.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Heading To The Beach Friday? Leave Before 10 A.M.

The number of travelers to the Eastern Shore over Memorial Day weekend is expected to grow from last year's numbers, and transportation authorities have a suggestion to avoid the crunch.

BRAC Move Could Be Delayed After House Vote

The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote today on a bill that could affect plans to move more than 6,000 federal workers to the new Mark Center complex in Alexandria this fall.

Fairfax School Board To Vote On Teacher Pay Raises

Fairfax County's Public School Board will cast a final vote tonight on the budget for the coming year, and board members are expected to give teachers some good news.

Anacostia Catfish Warning Doesn't Deter Daily Catch

For years, the District Department of the Environment has advised anglers not to eat the catfish they catch. But some fisherman are not heeding the warning, and environmentalists want to know why.

Summer Program Cuts Will Affect Thousands Of DCPS Students

School lets out in the District next month, and thanks to budget cuts, and more students than usual may find themselves without something to do. It's something youth advocates and police alike are working hard to prepare for.

At D.C. Home, Seniors Pay 'What They Can'

D.C.'s senior population -- including those whose incomes hover around the poverty line -- is expected to "increase exponentially" by 2025, according to the city's Office on Aging. One home in Northwest D.C. works to provide a fulfilling life for this population, regardless of finances.

D.C. Council Restores Cuts, Nixes Income Tax Hike In Budget

Despite facing a more than $300 million deficit, the D.C. Council passed a spending plan Wednesday that avoids making drastic cuts to services or raising the income tax.

U.S. House Bill Could Lead To Mark Center Delay

Critics of the Defense Department's new Mark Center building are a step closer to getting a delay in the arrival of thousands of federal workers to the new complex in Alexandria.

Commentary By Calvin Jackson: Teachers Need To Innovate And See Past Students' 'Issues'

Improving teacher performance has recently been a focus of debate in D.C. public schools, but rarely are the students themselves asked to weigh in. Commentator Calvin Jackson is about to graduate from a D.C. public school, and has a few suggestions for educators.

After Wheelchair Incident, Metro Reviews Policies

After a video surfaced on the Internet of a confrontation between a man in a wheelchair and Metro police, the transit agency is discovering its officers have very little guidance on how to treat people with disabilities.

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