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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Mind-Controlling Parasites And Their Zombies

Zombies may be the stuff of nightmares, but zombification, it turns out, isn't all that unusual in the animal kingdom. And right here in our region there was recently a mysterious example of this mind-controlling behavior among insects.

Virginia To Move To Alternative Fuels In State Vehicles

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has issued an executive order to shift Virginia's thousands of state vehicles to alternative fuels.

Alexandria Debates Widening Road Near Mark Center

In Virginia, neighborhood groups in the West End of Alexandria are opposing a proposal to widen Beauregard Street -- a major thoroughfare where more than 6,000 daily commuters are expected to start showing up for work in September.

D.C. Council's Shakeup Means Changes For Metro

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown is stripping Council member Tommy Wells of a key committee post, and that has implications for Metro.

Brown Strips Wells of Transportation and Public Works Chairmanship

The D.C. Council voted 12-1 to approve a reshuffling of committee assignments proposed by D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown, with Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wells being the lone dissenting vote.

Monday, July 11, 2011

D.C. Named Sixth Hottest City In U.S.

Washington, D.C. was recently ranked as the sixth hottest city in the nation by the Weather Channel, and with today's high temperature and humidity, many will likely agree with that ranking.

Jury Selection Continues In Roger Clemens Trial

Former Major League Baseball pitcher Roger Clemens will be in federal court in Washington again today for jury selection in his trial stemming from his 2008 testimony to Congress regarding his use of steroids. He's charged with lying to congress about performance enhancing drugs.

Ocean City Boardwalk Artist Sues City Government

A street performer is suing the city of Ocean City, Md., charging the town violated his First Amendment rights.

Transportation Funding Debate Could Have Big Impacts In D.C. Region

The debate over transportation funding is heating up on Capitol Hill, and that could have an impact on the region's roads and construction workforce.

Three Small Planes Intercepted In Camp David Airspace

Three small airplanes have been intercepted by jet fighters this weekend after flying too close to the presidential retreat at Camp David.

African American Civil War Museum To Hold Grand Opening

The African American Civil War Museum is reopening in a new location in D.C. to give it more space for exhibits and programs.

MPD Says D.C. Gun Laws Have No Impact On City Crime

It's been three years since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Washington's ban on handguns. But since the summer of 2008, the Metropolitan Police Department reports only 1,300 guns have been registered.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

July 11, 2011 - Emerging artists from the District and the Fringe.

Ivy City Residents Petition New Strip Clubs' Licenses

Some residents in Northeast D.C. say their neighborhood is becoming an unofficial red light district, and they're attempting to fight the strip clubs in question in the courts.

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."

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