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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Commentary By Christopher Imbrosciano: People With Disabilities Are Underrepresented In Performing Arts

This weekend the Round House Theatre in Bethesda, Md. is hosting a performance of "Inside/Out: Voices from the Disability Community." The show weaves together the stories of several cast members who are also members of the disability community. Commentator Christopher Imbrosciano is one of them. He says we need to do a better job of including people with disabilities in performing arts.

Ash Trees Threatened By Pest In Howard County

A pest that has been killing ash trees in more than a dozen states has been found in Howard County, Md. The ash borer could threaten Baltimore's large ash tree population.

School Bus To Double As Mobile Farmers Market

It's a national problem that has become all too real for many residents of the District. Whole neighborhoods have little to no access to fresh produce. Now, one group trying to change that with a food caravan of sorts that crosses these "food deserts" with fresh fruits and vegetables.

Md. Congressman: Weiner Resignation 'Right For The Country'

Several of the region's lawmakers say it's a good thing embattled Democrat Rep. Anthony Weiner has now resigned from Congress.

Top Campaign Aide To Former Md. Governor Indicted In Robocall Probe

The top prosecutor in Maryland says a senior aide and a consultant hired by former Gov. Robert Ehrlich have been indicted in an investigation into robocalls made on Election Day in 2011.

Cuccinelli To Church Leaders: Don't Shy Away From Political Talk

Virginia Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli told Fredericksburg-area clergy Thursday that they shouldn't be afraid to speak out about candidates and issues. They just need to be careful to avoid outright endorsements that could jeopardize their churches' tax-exempt status.

U.S. Open Thursday Updates

Play continues at the U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., despite ominous skies.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

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.

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