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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Maryland Police Reviewing Surveillance Videos To Identify Speed Camera Attacker

Maryland State Police say they're reviewing surveillance videos from local businesses in search of clues to a suspect who attacked a speed camera enforcement car yesterday.

D.C. Joint Arson Task Force Arrest Suspect For Setting Multiple Fires

A joint arson task force that included the D.C fire department, federal agents, and other jurisdictions has nabbed a serial arsonist whose crimes go back at least four years.

Study Names D.C. As Second "Least Obese" State In Country

Washington D.C. has been named the second "least obese" state in the country, according to the 2011 report "F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future." But experts warn that the average obesity rate in the District masks very large disparities among residents.

Bullying Top Concern for Va. Public School Students

Virginia's public school principals and superintendents say bullying has become the chief worry among their students.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Dalai Lama Kicks Off 10-Day Event In D.C.

Hundreds of people, many of them monks in long red religious garments, began streaming into the Verizon Center this morning for the opening prayers of the Dalai Lama's event in D.C. this week.

Arlington Co. Aims to Save Historic Garden Apartments

The Arlington County Board is getting ready to approve a comprehensive list of historic commercial and apartment buildings. It's the first such list to be created anywhere in the region.

New Employment Site Compiles D.C. Region's 'Green Jobs'

Job seekers have a new online tool for finding green jobs across the region.

Virginia Agencies To Check For Undocumented Workers

A Virginia government review board says state agencies and their contractors are not doing enough to make sure that the workers they hire are legal, and they're advocating for wider use of the electronic E-Verify system.

Fairfax County Fights Bill That Could Allow Taller Cell Towers

Members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors are worried that a bill under consideration in Congress would undermine their local zoning authority.

D.C. Council Targets Pepco's Reliability

With weather-related power outages this year dragging on sometimes for days, the D.C. Council is looking at ways to make the energy companies, including Pepco, more accountable.

Md. Legislature Will Tackle Redistricting In October

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley is expected to call a special legislative session the week of October 17, according to the Associated Press. But some of the policy issues the General Assembly will consider this fall are still to be determined.

P.G. County Council Cuts Off Leslie Johnson

Prince George's County Council member Leslie Johnson says she'll resign her position at the end of this month, but that isn't enough for her fellow council members. The council is calling on Johnson to step down immediately.

‘Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Steely art, almost normal theater and another slice of Greek cinema.

Washington Blade Archiving Decades Of Gay Rights History In Photos

The Washington Blade has been documenting the gay community in the D.C. area for 42 years. It's one of the nation's oldest gay newspapers, and now it's trying to preserve thousands of historic photographs.

Race-based hate crimes up nearly 40 percent in D.C.

D.C. Police say the total number of hate-crimes increased by nearly 70 percent last year.

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