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Friday, June 24, 2011

Leslie Johnson Hearing Scheduled For Thursday

In Maryland, Prince George's County Council member Leslie Johnson has a hearing scheduled for Thursday morning where she may plead guilty to corruption charges.

Pilot Project Rain Gardens Soak Up Stormwater

The D.C. Department of Environment wants the public to change the way they think about stormwater.

Victim's Family Attends Lululemon Reopening In Bethesda

A popular Bethesda yoga shop is opening its doors again, three months after police say an employee was murdered by her co-worker inside. The employee's parents and sister attended the reopening.

Dozer The Dog Runs Half Marathon, Raises Money For Cancer Center

A dog named Dozer who escaped from his owners' yard surprised them by going on to run most of the Maryland Half Marathon before returning home, dog tired.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Obama's Afghanistan Withdrawal Plan Faces Local Skepticism

Many of the region's lawmakers are viewing President Obama's plan to withdraw thousands of troops from Afghanistan with skepticism, though for different reasons.

Firework Safety: Fire Departments Urge Caution

A cantaloupe sits atop a road cone. Beneath it is an M-80, a popular addition to many Fourth of July celebrations. When the firework goes off, the cantaloupe disappears, with fragments landing in all directions, some hundreds of feet away.

New Measure Looks To Ban Smoking In Some Public Spaces In MoCo

Later this morning, council members in Montgomery County will look at extending the county's smoking ban for some public spaces.

Maryland 'DREAM Act' Opponents Build Support With Signatures

The Maryland State Board of Elections has validated more than 47,000 signatures in an effort to overturn legislation that would allow certain undocumented immigrants that graduate from Maryland high schools to pay in-state college tuition.

Metrobus Drivers Don't Walk Out, But Express Concern Over Safety

Metrobus drivers didn't walk out today, as they had threatened to do yesterday, but some are saying they are still concerned that management is not paying attention to their concerns about driver safety.

Frederick Schools, Parents Fight Over Banning Textbook

The Frederick County School board will not remove a textbook that's raising eyebrows among some parents from the school's curriculum, at least for now.

"TrailMix" Event to Highlight W&OD Trail's Ties to Civil War

A new event called the Dominion "TrailMix" is putting a spotlight on Northern Virginia's Washington and Old Dominion Trail, and its key role in the Civil War.

Tune Inn: A Washington Institution

Owners of the Tune Inn, a popular watering hole on Capitol Hill, say they plan to re-open the bar as soon as possible, after a fire gutted the bars kitchen early Wednesday.

Yonathan Melaku, Man Detained In Pentagon Scare, Charged In Military Facility Shootings

UPDATE 10:36 a.m.: Yonathan Melaku, a Marine reservist who was detained during a security scare near the Pentagon Friday, has been charged in the 2010 shootings at several military facilities in the area.

D.C. Mayor Promises Park To Red Line Crash Victims' Families

Families of the people killed in a 2009 Metro train crash are asking the District to create a new park near the crash site dedicated to those who died. And D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray says it needs to happen.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Senegal's Youssou N'Dour, early Billy Shakes and cross-dressing for a cause.

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