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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Hot Weather Means More Work For Animal Control Officers

High temperatures throughout the next few days also mean a higher number of calls for animal control divisions within local police departments.

Rising Temperatures Heat Up Solar Industry

The owner of a D.C.-based solar heating company says business always picks up when people have sun on their minds.

Delta Revises Bag Policy For Military Personnel

Two U.S. soldiers returning home from deployment in Afghanistan say Delta Air Lines charged their unit hundreds of dollars in extra baggage. Thursday Delta announced it would allow more bags for service members.

Pablo Simmonds: Don't Forget To Ask, 'Why?'

Pablo Simmonds, a realtor and real estate investor from Hyattsville, Md., learned to stop and question before jumping -- literally -- into a new situation.

Public Hearings Begin On Maryland Toll Increases

The Maryland Transportation Authority holds its first public hearing this week on whether to raise tolls around the state. Tolls on the Bay Bridge could increase for the first time in decades.

Heat Is On In D.C. Through Thursday Evening

The D.C. area is bracing for another mini-heat wave this week, with temperatures expected to top out in the mid-90s today and tomorrow. A heat advisory goes into effect at noon today, and is expected to last through 8 p.m. Thursday.

Ted Loza Sentencing In Taxi Bribery Case Begins

The sentencing hearing for a former D.C. Council aide involved in a taxicab bribery case enters a second day today.

After Son's Ordeal, Parents Warn Others Of Overexertion

A freshman at Wootton High School in Rockville came home after a particularly tough training session in May complaining of pain in his muscles. At the time, he and his parents never imagined it would lead to countless hours in the hospital.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

The third dimension, Anton Chekhov, and a case of Dengue Fever.

More Free Lunches: Virginia Fights Child Hunger

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and actor Jeff Bridges launched a summer nutrition program June 7 that could keep hunger at bay for more than 200,000 teens and children across the Commonwealth.

Council Member Thomas Under Pressure After Corruption Allegations

The D.C. Council member accused of misusing more than $300,000 of city funds may be forced to give up his powerful role as chairman of the economic development committee.

Parking For U.S. Open: Four Days Of Golf, Two Years To Plan

Play at next week's U.S. Open golf tournament at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda will last four days. But preparations for the tournament took two years.

Tiger Woods Withdraws From U.S. Open At Congressional

Lingering injuries to his left leg will prevent Tiger Woods from playing at next week's U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Going To The U.S. Open? Driving Is Preferred Option

Even without Tiger Woods, next week's U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., will attract tens of thousands of fans. For this event, traveling by Metro may not be the most convenient method.

Syria's Surviving Human Rights Groups

Protests in Syria continue despite gruesome images of torture and attacks on protesters. These images are available courtesy of Syrian human rights groups, some of whom have help from Syrian activists and scholars now living in the D.C. region.