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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Firefighter Hospitalized After Rockville Fire

A fire along Rockville Pike in Montgomery County caused traffic problems earlier this morning, and it also raised concerns about the incoming heatwave.

D.C.'s Lone Gun Dealer To Rent Space At Police HQ

D.C.'s only federally licensed gun dealer could be reopening his shop at the city's police headquarters, now the district has officially offered him space.

Maryland Rates Poorly On Power Plant Pollution

Maryland fared badly in new rankings on pollution from power plants, but state officials say the findings are based on outdated information.

Cuccinelli Aids Wrongly Accused Man That Spent 27 Years In Jail

Thomas Haynesworth, 46, was arrested in 1984 for a series of assaults in his Richmond-area neighborhood. He proclaimed his innocence from the start, but it wasn't until two years ago that DNA evidence proved that a notorious serial rapist named Leon Davis had committed one of the crimes.

Children Of Military Families Experience 'Boot Camp' For A Day

About 100 youngsters got a taste of military training at Fort Belvoir in Virginia this week in a program organized by the USO (United Services Organization) for children in military families.

Maryland Implements Digital Check-Ins For Parolees

Around 65,000 Maryland residents are on parole or probation. The state now wants to make it easier for them to check in, and make it easier for officers to keep track of them.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Montgomery Co. Council To Vote On Police Union Negotiations

Later today, council members in Montgomery County will vote on changes to the way it negotiates with the county's police union.

On Pepco's Tree Trimming Plans, Montgomery Co. Council Still Skeptical

In response to last year's lengthy power outages following severe thunderstorms, Pepco promised to increase tree-trimming in Montgomery County. Now, it's looking to the County Council for approval to do that work.

Virginia Officials Weigh Whether To Release Records Of Arrests And 911 Calls

A special advisory panel is weighing whether Virginia’s open-government laws should require public disclosure of calls to 911 emergency centers, arrest information, and other police records.

‘Art Beat’ With Sean Rameswaram

Sierra Maestra at Artisphere, Candy and Dorothy come to Rockville and an actor explores why people hate actors.

The Hill's Alex Bolton: Senate Debt Limit Agreement May Be Too Late

Several key members of the Senate reached a deal that could end the seemingly endless federal deficit negotiations late Monday. The Hill's Alex Bolton tells WAMU's Pat Brogan about the deal on the debt limit talks the Senate's Gang of Six reached late Tuesday.

Montgomery Co. Council Changes Police Union's Collective Bargaining Process

Council members in Montgomery County have approved changes in they way the county bargains with its police union, and those changes aren't exactly welcome with union members.

Maryland Bill Aims To Lower The Volume At Dance Halls

A bill designed to reduce the violence at dance halls and clubs in Prince George's County has passed County Council scrutiny.

Tree Branch Falls In D.C. Park, Injures Five

Five people, including three children, have been taken to the hospital after being struck by a large branch while playing in a D.C. park.

Gray Campaign Investigated for Illegally Converted Cash Contributions

D.C.'s office of campaign finance is investigating allegations that Mayor Vincent Gray's campaign illegally converted cash contributions into money orders.