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Friday, July 15, 2011

Manassas Businesses Pin Hopes on Civil War Sesquicentennial

The Civil War started with the First Battle of Manassas. Next week, the town commemorates the 150th anniversary of the battle, and this could bring a lot more attention to city than it has received in generations.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

The Great American Hall of Wonders, crafty ancients from Iran, a school year document and all that jazz.

Police Investigate More Vandalism In Montgomery County

Vandals have struck again in Montgomery County, Md., in an incident that smacks of another one earlier this week.

CQ Roll Call: Debt Limit Negotiations, Calif. Special Election, Congressional Baseball Game

The clock is ticking for the White House and Congressional leaders as they attempt to reach a compromise over the nation's debt crisis. WAMU Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey talks with David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, about the ongoing negotiations, the results of a special election last week in California, and the outcome of the annual Congressional baseball game held July 14.

DCPS Issues More Than 400 Layoff Notices To Teachers And Staff

D.C. Public School employees will receive their evaluations or what's called IMPACT scores today, and 413 employees will receive termination letters. The majority of those employees are teachers.

School Bus Drivers To Compete In Maryland

The top school bus drivers from the U.S. and Canada will be in Maryland this weekend for a safety competition.

Report Finds Housing Discrimination Still Plagues D.C.

The District of Columbia needs to do more to fight racial discrimination in housing and to distribute affordable housing more evenly throughout the city, according to a report released Thursday by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

Va. Congressmen Urge Pentagon To Delay BRAC Mark Center Move

Lawmakers are stepping up pressure on the Pentagon to slow down employee moves to a new Department of Defense office building at the Mark Center in Alexandria.

House Republicans Seek To Cut Legislative Staff Budgets

Further budget cuts may be coming to lawmakers' offices on Capitol Hill, and it could mean staffing cuts.

'French Maids' Fill 18th Street For Bastille Day

D.C. celebrated Bastille Day in style with a number of parties, races, and festivities across the city in honor of the French holiday.

DEA Breaks Up Dulles Drug Ring, Arrests Three Local Suspects

Federal officers say they've broken up an international drug ring that was smuggling heroin into the country through Dulles Airport in an operation that stretched all along the East Coast.

Alexandria May Use Eminent Domain On Waterfront Land

The city of Alexandria is considering using eminent domain to take land owned by the Old Dominion Boat Club at the foot of King Street in Old Town.

Maryland Senator Tries To Fight The 'Resource Curse'

One year ago today, the U.S. Senate approved the sweeping Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform bill. But not all of it is being enforced. One provision that deals with the so-called "resource curse" is still just words, and one local senator is calling on regulators to stop dragging their feet.

Don't Feed Metro's Escalators With Flip-Flops

Every year approximately three dozen flip-flops are "eaten up" by escalators. Metro's been having escalator problems, and it's reminding riders not to make the problem worse.