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Friday, July 22, 2011

Federal Default Could Drag Down Virginia and Maryland

If the U.S. government defaults on its debts, both Maryland and Virginia could see their bond ratings lowered, a change that would eventually trickle down to taxpayers.

‘Art Beat’ With Sean Rameswaram

Conversations with Earth, Japanese ceramics, a double dose of theater and The Lion of Zimbabwe.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Pledges $50M for Clean Energy

New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg says now is the perfect time to talk about air quality.

Teens' Play Brings Anti-Bullying Message To Capital Fringe

Bullying hurts young people physically and mentally, and a new play written by D.C. high school students aims to bring that issue to the forefront.

Johnny Depp Revitalizes Role of Tanto In Remake Of Lone Ranger

A Hollywood remake of The Lone Ranger is in the works with Johnny Depp playing Tonto. The fictional characters first appeared nearly 80 years ago, and their success is measured not only in their longevity but also in the profitability of their brand.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

O'Malley To Talk About His Support For Same-Sex Marriage

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D-Md.) is scheduled to talk tomorrow about his support for same-sex marriage legislation.

Maryland Kicks Off Buy Local Challenge Week

Maryland kicks off a week-long effort to encourage residents to buy locally grown produce.

Virginia, Maryland Bond Ratings Could Be Lowered If The Federal Government Defaults

Both Maryland and Virginia could have their bond ratings lowered if Congress fails to raise the debt limit.

Burglaries Continue To Rise In Montgomery County

Statistics show crime remains down overall in Montgomery County. But, there is one crime that continues to rise, much to the frustration of police.

McDonnell Kicks Off Civil War Remembrance

Gov. Bob McDonnell helped kicked off what will be four days of remembrance and Civil War education for the uninitiated.

BRAC Update Meeting Planned For Stafford County, Va.

A community meeting is planned tonight in Stafford County, Va. to inform residents of the plans for changes resulting from the Department of Defense's Base Realignment and Closure process.

Firefighter Hospitalized After Rockville Fire

A fire along Rockville Pike in Montgomery County caused traffic problems earlier this morning, and it also raised concerns about the incoming heatwave.

D.C.'s Lone Gun Dealer To Rent Space At Police HQ

D.C.'s only federally licensed gun dealer could be reopening his shop at the city's police headquarters, now the district has officially offered him space.

Maryland Rates Poorly On Power Plant Pollution

Maryland fared badly in new rankings on pollution from power plants, but state officials say the findings are based on outdated information.

Cuccinelli Aids Wrongly Accused Man That Spent 27 Years In Jail

Thomas Haynesworth, 46, was arrested in 1984 for a series of assaults in his Richmond-area neighborhood. He proclaimed his innocence from the start, but it wasn't until two years ago that DNA evidence proved that a notorious serial rapist named Leon Davis had committed one of the crimes.

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