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Monday, May 9, 2011

Mayor's Budget Faces Scrutiny From D.C. Residents

In the District, city residents got a chance Monday to weigh in on Mayor Vincent Gray's proposed budget. They made their feelings known during a marathon hearing at the D.C. Council.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

May 9, 2011 - Gothic art, waterfowl decoys, and local filmmakers head to Galicia.

MoCo Council Rejects Proposal To Cut Union Benefits

In Maryland, it's back to the drawing board for lawmakers in Montgomery County when it comes to cutting benefits for unionized employees.

Fairfax County To Consider Traffic Impact Fees

The Fairfax County Board is about to consider imposing transportation impact fees that would force developers to alleviate the traffic caused by new projects. But the idea doesn't have much traction.

D.C. Teachers Protest At School Vouchers Conference

In the District, more than 100 teachers and union officials protested Monday at a conference on school vouchers, the day before a speech by former D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee.

Chesapeake Bay Watershed Quality Is Better, Streams Still Poor

Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey say the quality of water flowing into the Chesapeake Bay is improving over the long term, but streams are still in poor condition.

Virginia Senator's Website Collects Thanks for Navy SEALs

In Virginia, hundreds of people are saying thanks to the Navy SEALs who conducted the raid which brought down Osama bin Laden. They’re doing it with some help from Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.)

Consider This: Hiring Ex-Offenders During High Unemployment

You've heard the expression, "Damned if you do, damned if you don't." You've also read, I'm sure, that the stickiest problem facing the United States is unemployment.

Latest Maryland News

Gov. Martin O'Malley and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown will announce today in Annapolis a public-private partnership to provide affordable housing for people with disabilities.

Latest D.C. News

Police say they are looking for three men who tied up and beat the occupants of a home during a robbery over the weekend in D.C. MPD officials say two of the three people in the house were beaten and tied up and the other was forced to search the home at gunpoint early Saturday morning.

Latest Virginia News

RESTON, Va. (AP) Fire officials say a commuter bus has collided with another vehicle on the Dulles Airport Access Highway in Reston, injuring up to 10 people. There were no life-threatening injuries. Traffic was being diverted from the access highway onto the Dulles Toll Road.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Students Retrace Freedom Riders Route To Civil Rights Act

It became a defining point in Civil Rights history. Fifty years ago after news of the violence against the initial freedom riders spread, hundreds more enlisted in the cause and joined 60 rides that summer.

Local Mosque Opens Doors To Community

In the wake of the killing of Osama bin Laden, a local mosque opened its doors to the community today in order to combat stereotypes of Muslims.

McDonnell Encourages Relationship Building In Virginia

Virginia's Gov. Bob McDonnell will be spending this week abroad in Asia to build business relationships.

Northwest High Graduate Dies In Car Crash

Ivar Ramiro Candia, a 2010 graduate of Northwest High School, died Friday after the vehicle he was driving collided with a dump truck near the intersections of Middlebrook and Germantown Roads in Montgomery County.