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Friday, June 24, 2011

Virginians Seeing Increase In Ticks This Year

Some Virginians are seeing an increase in ticks this year. But those impressions can be difficult to confirm, as the state doesn’t have a reliable system in place to keep track of the insects.

Langley Park Tenants, Living With Bedbugs And Mold, Fight Landlord

Tenants of several apartment complexes in the Langley Park neighborhood of Prince George's County say despite paying hundreds of thousands of dollars a month in rent, their apartments resemble a third world tenement. Now, they're asking county authorities to intervene.

New Reports Of Pedicab Crackdown Surface

The U.S. Park Police say they're not cracking down on the operators of pedicabs, the rickshaws strapped to bicycles often seen on the National Mall. But more allegations of harsh treatment are coming to light.

D.C. Probes Celebrity Police Escorts

Authorities in D.C. continue to investigate why actor Charlie Sheen and other celebrities have received police escorts over the years. The D.C. Council held a hearing Thursday to vet the escort policies.

After Riggleman Resigns, Nationals Name Interim Manager

UPDATE: The Washington Nationals named John McLaren interim manager Friday after the abrupt resignation of manager Jim Riggleman Thursday. A dispute over his contract reportedly prompted the move.

Parents Sing Praises Of Year-Round Elem. School Schedule

Today is the last day of the school year for students in Arlington County Public Schools -- but not every summer break is created equal. At Barcroft Elementary, they use what's called an extended school calendar.

Police Search For Missing Girl From Silver Spring

Montgomery County Police are looking for a missing 16-year-old girl from Silver Spring, Md.

MoCo Fire Chief On Fireworks: 'You Light It, We'll Write It'

What is and isn't illegal when it comes to fireworks differs among the many jurisdictions of the D.C. region. But local fire departments all agree on one thing: Leave fireworks to the professionals.

Leslie Johnson Hearing Scheduled For Thursday

In Maryland, Prince George's County Council member Leslie Johnson has a hearing scheduled for Thursday morning where she may plead guilty to corruption charges.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Olney shows love for its community, the National Gallery of Art screens the work of Kevin Jerome Everson and the search for the federal government’s funniest employee continues.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Nats Manager Jim Riggleman Resigns

Nationals manager Jim Riggleman resigned after a 1-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners Thursday afternoon.

After Hearing On Sheen's Police Escort, Policy Still Unclear

D.C. police continue to take heat for providing a police escort for actor Charlie Sheen as he rushed to a performance in April. Police Chief Kathy Lanier and other law enforcement officers were called before the council Thursday for an explanation.

Obama's Afghanistan Withdrawal Plan Faces Local Skepticism

Many of the region's lawmakers are viewing President Obama's plan to withdraw thousands of troops from Afghanistan with skepticism, though for different reasons.

Firework Safety: Fire Departments Urge Caution

A cantaloupe sits atop a road cone. Beneath it is an M-80, a popular addition to many Fourth of July celebrations. When the firework goes off, the cantaloupe disappears, with fragments landing in all directions, some hundreds of feet away.

New Measure Looks To Ban Smoking In Some Public Spaces In MoCo

Later this morning, council members in Montgomery County will look at extending the county's smoking ban for some public spaces.

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