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Monday, July 11, 2011

Va. Tech Professor Brings Minds, Machines Together In 'Laptop Orchestra'

Not all orchestras are made up of just cellos and violins. One composer in Virginia is making use of salad bowls and lawnmowers to create pieces for what he calls a "laptop orchestra."

Cardin Says Federal Budget Deal Will Not Affect BRAC Projects In Maryland

As President Obama continues his series of face-to-face meetings on the budget deficit, Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) is speaking out about the federal budget and its impact in the state.

Consider This By Fred Fiske: Concerts

If you don't think the gods have a weird sense of humor, then you probably haven't attended many school performances.

City Council Tries Again on Cigar-Smoking Exemption

It's round two for the D.C. Council and its attempt to allow cigar smoking at a boxing-themed charity event.

Moran to Hold Interactive Budget Workshop for Residents

Northern Virginia residents with ideas on how to cut the federal budget deficit will get a chance to share those ideas later today.

Presidential Historian Charged with Stealing Millions

Two men from New York City, including a presidential historian, are charged with stealing millions of dollars in documents from the Maryland Historical Society.

Top Environmental Officials To Discuss Restoration Of Chesapeake Bay

The nation's top environmental official and several governors from Chesapeake Bay watershed states are gathering in Richmond to size up progress in the restoration of the bay.

Water Main Work Closes A Lane On Canal Road Until September

The District's Water and Sewer Authority begins construction on a 48-inch water main today, which will close one eastbound lane of Canal Road until September.

CQ Roll Call: Back To Drawing Board On Deficit Reduction Talks, Calif. Special Election

WAMU Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey interviews David Hawkings, editor of CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, on the continued stalmate on the federal debt limit, where President Obama goes from here, and a special election happening tomorrow in California.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

NASA To Send Experimental Rockets Into Orbit

A day after launching its last shuttle into space from Cape Canaveral, Florida -- NASA hopes to send experimental rockets into orbit from Virginia's Eastern shore.

Protesters Against U.S. Involvement In Libya Voiced Opposition In Front Of White House

U.S. involvement in the Libyan war sparked dueling protests in front of the White House Saturday.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Justice Dept. Exempts Rappahannock County From Requirements Of Federal Voting Rights Act

The Justice Department has agreed to exempt Rappahannock County from the pre-clearance requirements of the federal Voting Rights Act.

Virginia Considering Other Options to Fund Secondary Roads

The study shows that while most other states paid for 15 percent or less of their secondary roads, Virginia pays for nearly 97 percent, ranking it highest among all states.

Columbia Heights Triple Shooting Leaves Two Dead

Two people are dead after a triple shooting in Columbia Heights Saturday morning.

Farm Runoff Is A Significant Polluter Of Bay

Runoff from farms is one significant polluter of the Chesapeake Bay.

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