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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Poll Shows Virginia Senate Race In Dead Heat

A new poll in Virginia from Quinnipiac University Polling Institute shows registered voters are split over who should take the U.S. Senate seat.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Folklife on the National Mall, the Louvre at the National Gallery of Art and Reefer Madness at Theatre Project.

Alcohol Tax Hike In Maryland Goes Into Effect Tomorrow

The first increase in Maryland's alcohol tax in nearly 40 years goes into effect Friday.

Leslie Johnson Pleads Guilty To Felony Charge Of Destroying Evidence

Leslie Johnson, the Prince George's County Council member caught up in corruption scandal alongside her husband, former County Executive Jack Johnson, pleaded guilty to one felony county of destroying evidence at U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, Md. this morning.

Virginia Law Gets Tougher On Teen Drunk Drivers

In Virginia, teens convicted of driving after consuming virtually any amount of alcohol will face harsher penalties starting July 1.

Folklife Festival Underway Today

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is underway today on the National Mall.

Sierra Club Volunteers Petition To Close Down GenOn's Coal Fire Electric Plant

Volunteers from The Sierra Club are raising awareness on smog and soot issues on Mount Vernon Trail, not too far from GenOn's Coal Fire Electric Plant.

Alexandria Holds Meeting On Potomac Yard Metro

A meeting is planned tonight for residents of Alexandria, Va. over a proposed Metrorail station at Potomac Yard.

Metro, P.G. County Police Team Up For Crime Enforcement

In Prince George's County, Metro police patrolled stations with county police Wednesday evening in an outreach campaign with a dual purpose.

'Tito the Builder' To Run For Va. State Senate

A construction worker in Prince William County, Va. made famous more than two years ago by Sarah Palin has decided to throw his hardhat into the Virginia political ring.

Exotic Dancers Among Listings On D.C. Government Sponsored Jobs Site

D.C. is using the internet to help unemployed residents find work. But some of the job listings aren't what you might expect to find on a city website.

Commentary by Adam Tenner: We Can't Lose Focus On HIV/AIDS

This month marks 30 years since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published its first-ever health advisory on AIDS. It's a disease that has hit D.C. particularly hard, with studies showing more than 3 percent of its residents have been affected. Commentator Adam Tenner, executive Director of Metro TeenAIDS, says more needs to be done in the D.C. area to protect young people from the risk still posed by the ongoing epidemic.

Program Provides Mental Health Training To Police Officers

Police in Montgomery County are touting the benefits of their Crisis Intervention Team. Officers on the team have received training on how to identify mental illness.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Susan Oliver: A Teacher Unlocks Hidden Talents

Susan Oliver is a communications consultant in Waterford, Va. She grew up on Long Island, N.Y., where a singing solo and a teacher's encouragement helped her feel powerful for the first time.

Sky Express Driver's Wife: He Didn't Want To Drive Before 1-95 Crash

The wife of a Sky Express bus driver, involved in an accident on I-95 that left four people dead, says her husband got behind the wheel because he feared for his job.