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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Medical Marijuana Advocates Call For Implementation Of D.C.'s Program

Medical Marijuana advocates say D.C. officials are moving too slowly in implementing the city's medical marijuana program.

Walter Reed Closing Ceremony Lowers Flag For Last Time

The military hospital that has tended to privates and patients for more than a century is closing its doors. There was a flag casing ceremony at Walter Reed Army Medical Center today -- signaling its imminent closure.

Marion Barry's Son Pleads Guilty

The son of former District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry has pleaded guilty to drug charges.

Virginia Considers Banning Winter Crab Harvest For Another Year

Virginia is considering extending a ban on harvesting crabs in winter for a fourth year in a row, and the public will get to weigh in on that plan later this summer.

West Nile Virus Shows Up In District

The West Nile Virus has been found in mosquitoes in the District, and officials are warning people to take precautions.

Mount Ranier Cop Indicted For Attemped Murder

Gene Gillette, a police officer in Mount Rainier, Md., is due in court today after being indicted for attempted murder and sex offense charges in relation to a shooting in Capitol Heights earlier this month.

9/11 Memorials Prepare For 10-Year Anniversary

Managers of the memorial sites to the 9/11 terrorist attacks are now preparing for the 10th anniversary of the tragedy, and some of them gathered at the National Building Museum last night to talk about the challenges of creating something both timely and timeless.

Debt Ceiling: Va. Governor Urges Lawmakers To Find Common Ground

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) says a federal default will cause the Commonwealth to lose its AAA bond rating for the first time in 75 years.

Outside Planned Parenthood, Client Escorts And Abortion Opponents Clash

Each day, women walk into abortion clinics in the District. Some seek advice; others will enter and terminate an unwanted pregnancy. Almost all will be approached by someone who will try to persuade them not to enter the clinic, and one local group is trying to counter that effort.

Heat Wave Killed 3 People In Maryland Last Week

The heat wave that oppressed the D.C. area for most of last week killed three people in Maryland, according to a report from the Associated Press.

Virginia Lawmakers Try To Bridge Workforce Skills Gap

While tens of thousands of Virginia workers say they can't find jobs, many Virginia business owners say they can't find workers with the right qualifications. Now, state lawmakers are looking at way to narrow that gap.

DCPS Chancellor Says 'Hopes And Dreams' Campaign Will Bring Community Together

D.C.'s Public Schools are almost at the end of their "Hopes and Dreams" campaign where residents have been asked to share their opinion of what DCPS should look like in the future.

‘Art Beat’ With Sean Rameswaram

The nature of Rock Bottom, eclectic sounds courtesy of Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista and culture through clay.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Experts Look To Reduce The Number Of Children Dying In Hot Cars

As temperatures remain above 90 degrees in the D.C. area, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is bringing experts together to reduce the number of children dying in hot vehicles.

New Buoy Seeks To Boost Security

The Navy is testing a new kind of surveillance technology on the front lines of homeland security in our area. On a narrow stretch of the Potomac between Maryland and Virginia, there's a quiet sentinel looking out for our safety.

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