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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

'From Nowhere:' A Refugee From Ethiopia, 10 Years Later

Violent crackdowns in North Africa and the Middle East are prompting thousands to leave their homes and seek refuge in other countries. A life of uncertainty lies ahead, as it has for thousands fleeing violence in previous conflicts. One man living in our area fled a massacre of Ethiopian students in 2001, and he says his struggle continues 10 years later.

Road-Rage Charge Dismissed Against Redskins' Haynesworth

A northern Virginia judge has dismissed a road-rage assault charge against Washington Redskins defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth.

Driver In Fatal I-95 Bus Crash Charged With Reckless Driving

A bus overturned on Interstate 95 early Tuesday morning, leaving four people dead. A state police spokeswoman says the Sky Express driver is charged with reckless driving and is being held at an area jail on $3,000 bond, according to the Associated Press.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Police Seek Arsonist In Laurel Car Fires

Authorities in Maryland are looking for an arsonist set fire to two vehicles used by the Deputy City Administrator of Laurel.

Group Seeks National Recognition For WWI Memorial

On the National Mall, you'll find national memorials to three of the 20th century's major wars: World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. But you won't find a national memorial to World War I.

MoCo GOP Members Cast Straw Votes For 2012

Montgomery County's registered voters are overwhelmingly Democrat, but that didn't stop Republican activists from conducting a straw poll to see which GOP presidential contenders the county's voters would support in the 2012 election.

Authorities Warn Of Bay Bridge Traffic Returning From Shore

If last week's estimates of the number of vacationers from the D.C. area heading east this weekend hold true, then the ride back over the Bay Bridge could be a challenge.

Memorial Day Events In D.C.

The National Memorial Day Parade kicks off Monday afternoon in downtown Washington, and other events take place throughout the day.

Bay Bridge Fear Means Business Boom For Shuttles

The Maryland Transportation Authority estimates more than 360,000 are traveling on Maryland's Bay Bridge this weekend. But some of the people driving those vehicles will have some pretty white knuckles as they make the trip -- thanks to a disorder called gephyrophobia: the fear of bridges.

Consider This: Rethinking Whether Poker Is A Game Of Chance

While some consider poker to be based on luck, a new study breaks down the results from the 2010 World Series of Poker to show that highly skilled players had a clear advantage.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

A double dose of Hitchcock and Williams, plus scenes from life in the District.

What Is BRAC? Your Questions Answered

A quick guide to the basics of BRAC's local impacts. WAMU 88.5's The Kojo Nnamdi Show will be exploring its various effects on the D.C. region throughout the month of June, and WAMU 88.5 News has compiled its coverage from the past year.

Adopt A Trail In Maryland For National Trails Day

National Trails Day is next weekend and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources is looking for volunteers to help maintain trails at state parks across Maryland.

Virginia's Libraries Seek To Preserve WWII Memories

The ]Library of Virginia](http://www.lva.virginia.gov/) wants World War II veterans and their families to share diaries, correspondence, and other materials.

After Dancing Arrests, Park Police Launch Inquiry

After the arrests of several protesters for dancing at the Jefferson Memorial Saturday was caught on video, the U.S. Park Police has launched an inquiry into the conduct of the arresting officers, according to an NBC4 report.

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