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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Meet The Candidates In The At-Large Council Race

On April 26, District voters will head back to the polls to elect an at-large D.C. Council member for the seat vacated by Council member Kwame Brown, who is now council chair. Sekou Biddle is currently holding the seat in the interim.

We got video of some of the candidates when they came in to talk platforms, politics and other District issues with WAMU's Kojo Nnamdi recently. The rest of the candidates seeking the seat will have their turns in Nnamdi's studio Friday.

Police Search For Shooting Suspect In Virginia

Police in Fairfax County, Va., are now looking for a suspect who reportedly shot two people -- one fatally -- in a barber shop in the Belle View Shopping Center Wednesday afternoon.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

The Go! Team at 9:30, Fragments at the Kennedy Center, and the art and science of multitasking.

Police Plan 'High Visibility' In Prince George's Metro Stations

Police plan to have a visible presence at 15 Metro station in Prince George's County, Md., during Wednesday's afternoon commute.

D.C. Considers Online Gambling

The District of Columbia is becoming the first U.S. jurisdiction to allow Internet gambling, moving ahead of traditional gaming meccas like New Jersey and Nevada.

Sydney Harman, Newsweek Chairman And Harman/Kardon Founder, Dies

A man who's name was synonymous with high-end audio equipment has died. Syndey Harman died in Washington last night at the age of 92.

Emily Gasoi: A Quiet Victory For The Pack

Emily Gasoi is a local educator and graduate student. Gasoi says that while she's had many notable learning experiences throughout her life, her memories of nursery school remain among her most formative.

Maryland News Roundup

From MarylandReporter.com: More than 150 bills were signed into law yesterday including one to allow police to use wiretaps to investigate human trafficking and one to implement federal health care reform.

Ethics Reform Law Signed For Prince George's County

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has signed two ethics reform bills for Prince George's County.

Latest Maryland News

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Despite $23.5 million by lawmakers to fight Chesapeake Bay pollution, environmental advocates say there were disappointments. That included a failed bill to restrict natural gas drilling in western Maryland for a two-year study.

Latest D.C. News

WASHINGTON (AP) The Smithsonian says the space shuttle Discovery will complete its collection of U.S. spacecraft. The shuttle eventually will be displayed at the National Air and Space Museum annex in Virginia.

Latest Virginia News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) General Electric says about 200 jobs will be created over the next few years as it opens an information technology center in suburban Richmond. Officials say the jobs will focus on cyber security, as well as network design, architecture, data management, and application development.

D.C. Facebook Campaign Asks Congress: 'Are You My Rep?'

"Will you represent us?" It's a question that D.C. residents may have grown tired of asking of lawmakers. But a new calling campaign urges them to ask that very question to a random sampling Congress members from around the country.

Capitals Begin Stanley Cup Playoff Action

The Washington Capitals kick off the Stanley Cup Playoffs Wednesday night at the Verizon Center.

Md. Official: Natural Gas 'Fracking' Should Be Reviewed

Maryland’s environment secretary is urging Congress to take a more active role in regulating the mining process known as hydraulic fracturing.