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Friday, May 4, 2012

National Archives Thief Sentenced To 18 Months

A former National Archives employee has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for stealing $80,000 in historic materials from the national trove.

Damascus Grad Targets Drug Abuse At His Alma Mater

A Damascus High alum has formed a new group to help combat the rising tide of drug abuse in the school and the surrounding town.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Woman Dead, Another Injured In Church Shooting

One woman is dead and another is injured after a homeless man open fire at a church in Howard County.

D.C. Child Advocacy Group Offers Abuse Prevention Tips

Child abuse is a problem just about everywhere, but one D.C. children's advocacy has some tips for parents

LaHood Calls For Increased Federal Oversight On Transportation

The U.S. Transportation Secretary is pushing for more federal oversight on safety standards on mass transit, as part of the of the transportation re-authorization bill.

Advocates Protest Slow Progress On Medical Marijuana Program

The D.C. Council passed legislation legalizing medical marijuana for city patients in 2010, but advocates are protesting the lethargic pace with which the program has so far been implemented.

New Dinosaur Hall Object Of $35M Smithsonian Donation

Billionaire and and conservative political donor David Koch has made a $35 million donation to the Smithsonian for the construction of a new dinosaur hall.

College Park Bouncer Arrested For Assault

A 400-pound bouncer at a College Park, Md. bar has been arrested after allegedly assaulting an unruly customer.

Virginia Plays Big Role For Obama, Romney

Northern Virginia has become a prime target for fundraising in President Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney's campaigns.

Winners To Be Announced In National Mall Design Contest

The Trust for the National Mall has selected winners in a design competition for three sites on the National Mall.

Montgomery County Searching For Cop Impersonator

Montgomery County authorities are searching for a police impersonator that robbed a woman in Silver Spring Wednesday afternoon.

Metro's Track Work Angers Advocacy Group

A local transportation advocacy group is protesting Metro's scheduled weekend track work because it coincides with major sporting events.

O'Malley Signs Chesapeake Bay Protection Bills

Several bills were signed into law in Maryland yesterday, including some that would help reduce petition in the Chesapeake Bay.

D.C. Women's Shelter Offers Advice To Afghan Activist

A D.C. women's shelter is helping train an Afghan women's rights activist in how to provide support to abused women back home in Kabul.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Richmond Reports Surge In Scooter Theft

Police are reporting that scooter and moped theft in Richmond has more than doubled in the last year.