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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Sky Express Driver's Wife: He Didn't Want To Drive Before 1-95 Crash

The wife of a Sky Express bus driver, involved in an accident on I-95 that left four people dead, says her husband got behind the wheel because he feared for his job.

Susan Oliver: A Teacher Unlocks Hidden Talents

Susan Oliver is a communications consultant in Waterford, Va. She grew up on Long Island, N.Y., where a singing solo and a teacher's encouragement helped her feel powerful for the first time.

'Blue Tide' Of Police Aims To Keep Metro Safe In P.G. County

Prince George's County police are partnering with Metro police Wednesday in an outreach campaign designed to reduce crime in and around the county's transit stations.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Source Festival showcases theater and talent while three artists revisit the places from their pasts at the Stamp Gallery.

MoCo Police Celebrate Anniversary Of Crisis Intervention Team

Police in Montgomery County, Md., are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their Crisis Intervention Team. Officers on the team receive training in identifying mental illness.

Maryland Assessment Scores Up, But Not In Baltimore

The 2011 Maryland School Assessment scores show continued gains in reading and math among elementary and middle school children, but not every school system saw improvements.

Fire Strikes Hook In Georgetown, Forcing Road Closures

A fire broke out this afternoon at Hook Restaurant on M Street in Georgetown, causing significant damage, according to D.C. Fire/EMS. The cause is under investigation.

Nancy Grasmick, Longtime Md. Schools Chief, Retires

Maryland's state schools Superintendent Nancy Grasmick retires this week after twenty years on the job, and the state is saying goodbye at a celebration tonight.

One Dead In Arlington Parking Garage Fire

A fire that broke out in a parking garage beneath an Arlington hotel this morning has led to the death of one woman, according to Arlington County Police.

At Arlington Cemetery, A Criminal Inquiry Into Mishandling Of Remains

The Arlington National Cemetery continues to fall under scrutiny for a series of issues, including the possible mishandling of remains. Now, the U.S. Justice Department is conducting a criminal inquiry into the matter, the Washington Post reports.

Some Protesters Arrested With Mayor Gray Go To Trial In September

A number of protesters that were arrested with Mayor Vincent Gray and other city officials after Congress passed a budget deal detrimental to the District in April will take their case to trial in September, the Associated Press reports.

Locations Of Internet Gambling Hot Spots Concern D.C. Council Members

UPDATE: Members of the D.C. Council are expressing reservations about the city's plan to offer online gambling. Council members are concerned the public will have no input on where the "hot spots" for online gambling will be located.

Sweeping Changes Made To Montgomery Co. Disability Benefits

Montgomery County is changing its system for disability retirement benefits for county employees, although the change is expected to face challenges because it was implemented through council vote rather than a collective bargaining agreement.

Marines Dismiss Yonathan Melaku

The U.S. Marine Corps says it has dismissed 22-year-old Yonathan Melaku, the reservist charged in a series of pre-dawn shootings at the Pentagon and other military buildings in 2010.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Hill's Alex Bolton: Obama To Meet With Democrats About Debt Ceiling

A big meeting is planned for Wednesday at the White House over what seems to be the main issue affecting lawmakers: the nation's debt ceiling. President Obama and four senior Democratic leaders will discuss raising the debt ceiling. It's one of a series of meetings the president has had on the topic. The Hill's Alex Bolton tells WAMU's Pat Brogan what both parties are bringing to the table in the deficit talks.

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