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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

At U.S. Open, Fans And Golfers Are Visitors, Birds Are Natives

While thousands will "flock" to Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., over the next four days for the U.S. Open, there will be some who will pay no attention to the golf.

Rally At Saudi Embassy Targets Ban On Female Drivers

Protesters in Washington are trying to bring attention to Saudi Arabia's ban on female drivers. They rallied outside the Saudi Embassy in downtown D.C. Tuesday afternoon.

The District's HIV/AIDS Report Shows Improvement

There are some new signs of progress in D.C.'s fight against HIV/AIDS, revealed in an annual report released by the D.C. government. While the number of new cases has dropped, the overall prevalence of HIV remains at epidemic levels.

Sky Express Driver In I-95 Crash Held Without Bond

A judge in Caroline County, Virginia has ruled that the driver of a discount bus service involved in an accident that killed four people and injured dozens will remain in jail without bond.

Virginia Beaches Temporarily Closed Due To Bacteria Levels

Several Hampton Roads beaches along the Chesapeake Bay have been placed off limits to swimmers.

Police Still Pursuing Suspect In AU Professor's Murder

Authorities have not been able to arrest the suspect they are seeking in the murder of American University Professor Sue Marcum, but he's been in contact with police, according to a Washington Post report.

MPD Officer Charged With Fraud

A Metropolitan Police sergeant was arrested yesterday on charges of fraud, after she allegedly forged $43,000 in checks from an 85-year-old District resident.

Advocates: Virginia Needs To Revamp Youth Mental Health Care

Some advocates for children with mental illnesses are calling on Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell to improve the way the commonwealth provides pediatric mental health care. They say many children in crisis aren't receiving the services they need.

Police Investigate Hate-Related Graffiti At Poolesville HS

Police in Montgomery County are investigating what they call a hate incident at a high school, as well as the theft of a utility vehicle from the school grounds.

D.C. Budget Blasted By Police Union Head

Within minutes of the D.C. Council's second and final vote on next year's budget, Fraternal Order of Police leader Kris Baumann sent an email to reporters stating the D.C. Council and Mayor Vincent Gray, "just made the city less safe."

Va. Student Safety Bills Signed Into Law

Several pieces of legislation designed to improve safety for school children in Virginia were signed into law Tuesday.

U.S. Open: Meet Tiger Woods' Replacement

Tiger Woods is the biggest name in golf. The man replacing him at this week's U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda is far from it.

Anything Can Be Purchased At U.S. Open Merchandise Tent

For fans attending this week's U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., there is no shortage of souvenirs to take home.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

African steps and mosaics, American poetry slams, and all of our animals.

Virginia Rep. Wants To Streamline Offshore Wind Projects

Virginia Congressman Rob Wittman (R) has introduced a bill to speed up offshore wind energy projects even before they reach the public hearing stage.