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Monday, May 23, 2011

USDA Hopes To Stem Spread Of Invasive Beetle

Federal authorities are asking campers to buy their firewood locally in an effort to stop the spread of an invasive beetle this Memorial Day weekend.

Man In Wheelchair Injured During Arrest By Metro Transit Police (VIDEO)

A graphic video posted Thursday on YouTube has caught the attention of thousands of viewers and has some people asking whether Metro Transit Police officers were justified in subduing a man who was in a wheelchair when they arrested him last week.

No Room For Compost Pile? No Problem.

Apartment-dwellers now have a composting option: a relatively new company in the area is willing to pick up table scraps and help transform them into soil for gardens.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Radisson Hotel Donates Fixtures To Habitat For Humanity

The fixtures from a never-opened Radisson hotel near New Castle are being donated to Habitat for Humanity.

Maryland Panel Says Crib Bumper Pads Are Hazardous

A Maryland panel has recommended that crib bumper pads be declared a hazard.

Local Organization Helps Immigrants Apply For Citizenship

Local Hispanic groups, labor unions and volunteer lawyers spent the weekend helping immigrants apply for citizenship.

Kegasus Helps Bring In Record Crowds To Preakness

Kegasus, the half-horse, half-man mascot for this year's Preakness Stakes, may have been a big contributor to this year's record crowds.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

High Water Brings Danger and Diversity

The Potomac River is rising high and moving fast. Experts say that can be dangerous for boaters, but good for biodiversity.

Preakness Stakes Today In Baltimore

Around 100,000 people will pack Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore today for the Preakness Stakes. But the biggest victory for horse racing in Maryland may have been scored earlier this week.

This Year's Preakness Is Drawing In Record Crowds

Large crowds are gathering at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md. as they await the Preakness Stakes – the second jewel of Triple Crown, which kicks off at a little after 6 p.m.

Historic Burial Ground Is Headed For Restoration

An historic burial ground in Richmond that has been the center of protests is finally headed for a restoration.

Soaring Gas Prices Are Causing Hardship For Americans

Soaring fuel prices are forcing drivers to make some tough choices in order to pay for that $4 a gallon gas.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Bus Crashes Into KFC In Silver Spring

Officers in Montgomery County are investigating why a Ride-On bus drove into a KFC restaurant this morning in Silver Spring, but they're now facing a bigger problem: how to get the bus out of the building.

MD Commissioner Attacked Outside Restaurant

A Charles County Planning Commissioner is recovering after being beaten outside of a restaurant in Maryland.

Gray Orders Spending Freeze For D.C. Agencies

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has ordered a spending freeze for agencies in the District that are directly under his control.

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