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Sunday, September 4, 2011

MLK Memorial Quote Won't Be Changed

MLK Memorial

The lead architect for the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial says he does not plan to change a paraphrased quote by Dr. King inscribed on the newly opened memorial.

Worker Electrocuted In Takoma Park

Authorities say that a worker trimming trees in Takoma Park, Md., was electrocuted when a ladder he was using got too close to a power line.

Cardin: Spending Cuts Must Address Jobs

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.)

The zero-growth job numbers released Friday have Democrats and Republicans scrambling to spur job growth -- and point the blame.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

District Announces Third Annual Doggie Day Swim

As summer winds down, dog owners will get a one-day chance to let their pets take a dip in some of the District's public pools.

Md. Police Suspect Man Of 13 Bank Robberies

Montgomery County Police and the FBI are looking for a man they believe has robbed 13 banks in Maryland and Virginia going back to July of 2010, and most recently on Friday.

Rare Black-Footed Ferrets Blossom At National Zoo

black-footed ferrets

There has been a baby boom at the National Zoo for an animal once thought to be extinct in the wild.

New Oil Drilling Method Could Cause More Earthquakes

We may see more earthquakes in coming years, if oil companies begin a controversial drilling method in Virginia.

Va. Nuclear Power Plant To Undergo More Inspections

Dominion Virginia Power says it will delay restarting the nuclear reactors at a nuclear power plant near the epicenter of the earthquake that struck late last month.

Friday, September 2, 2011

D.C. Officer Held Without Bond For Off-Duty Shooting

D.C. police officer Kenneth Furr was not released on his own recognizance Friday. He's being held for assault with a deadly weapon for an incident that resulted in the shooting death of two transgender women.



Fewer Area Residents Traveling for Labor Day

Holiday travelers in the D.C. area can expect the usual bustle that come with Labor Day weekend, but transportation analysts do expect a few more people to simply stay home this year.

More Than 100 Arrested Protesting Oil Pipeline

A Maryland state senator and more than 100 other people were arrested in front of the White House for protesting a proposal to build an oil pipeline from Canada to Texas.

Dominion TrailMix Event Gets Children Outdoors

The first annual Dominion TrailMix kicks off in Northern Virginia Saturday morning. Organizers hopes to raise money for programs that keep kids active.

Maryland Nuclear Power Plant Under Federal Inspection

A nuclear power plant in Maryland is under federal inspection just days after recovering from Hurricane Irene.