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Friday, June 17, 2011

Last Hurrah Planned for Clifton Elementary

In Virginia Friday evening, teachers, current students and alumni of the soon-to-close Clifton Elementary in Fairfax County are gathering to celebrate the legacy of their neighborhood school.

Metro Work To Cause Weekend Delays

Metro riders can expect delays this weekend on parts of the red, orange, green, and blue lines due to scheduled maintenance work.

WaPo's McCartney: Ehrlich Aide Indicted Over Robocalls Case, Allen Releases Economic Blueprint, MoCo Dealing With Traffic from U.S. Open

Robert McCartney talks about the top stories going on around the region, including the indictment of a senior aide to former Gov. Robert Ehrlich over robocalls, the release of George Allen's economic blueprint, and the traffic effects from the U.S. Open on Montgomery County.

One Man In Custody As Police Investigate Suspicious Vehicle Near Pentagon

Authorities are investigating a suspicious vehicle that was found in the bushes near the Pentagon's north parking lot early this morning. Several major roads have been shut down around the Pentagon, tying up traffic for the morning commute.

Richmond Begins Restoring Former Slave Burial Ground

The city of Richmond is working to build a memorial to slaves believed to be buried at a site in Virginia's capital city. For years, the site was covered by a paved parking lot, but this spring, the city removed the asphalt to clear the way for a memorial.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Fairfax School Wins International Honor For Sustainability

Lanier Middle School's efforts to put environmentalism at the center of education have won them an award.

U.S. Open: Trees And Grass Don't Always Mix On A Golf Course

First round play begins this morning at the U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda. But just like the parking logistics for the huge event, it took close to two years to get the course ready for this day.

Same-Sex Divorce Considered In Maryland Courts

Opponents of same-sex marriage in Maryland have been able to defeat efforts to make those unions legal in the state. But a case heading to the Maryland Special Court Of Appeals could determine how the state will handle same-sex divorce proceedings.

New HIV/AIDS Cases In D.C. Down By Half

While D.C.'s HIV/AIDs rate remains at an epidemic level, the District is making gains in a number of areas, according to District health officials.

Food Fight Between Food Trucks & Restaurants Over D.C. Regulation

Food trucks have exploded in numbers in recent years, serving up everything from lobster rolls to Korean tacos. With their innovative use of social media, the District's food trucks have won themselves a lot of devotees, but they've also garnered some enemies. The battle between the eateries-on-wheels and their bricks-and-mortar brethren is the latest rage to hit the roads.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Empty Chair tackles a classic, Kingsley Flood doesn’t water down, and SAUCERIFEROUS!

McDonnell Signs 8 Energy Bills Into Law

Some environmental groups are applauding eight pieces of legislation that Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell says will help Virginia become the clean energy capital of the East Coast, but they also say the Commonwealth has a lot of catching up to do to compete with other states seeking the same designation.

Kaya Henderson Gets High Marks At Confirmation Hearing

Acting D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson hasn't been confirmed as the permanent schools chief just yet. The council is expected to vote on her confirmation next Tuesday, but Thursday the public got a chance to offer input on the decision.

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.

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