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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Man Charged For Illegally Clearing Trees

snow geese on eastern shore

A 74-year-old man from Sullivan Cove, Maryland has become the first person to be charged for violating the Critical Area Act, which protects the critical Chesapeake watershed.

Preparing For The Worst With RFK Disaster Drill

rfk disaster training

D.C. EMS held practice disaster drills in the parking lot of RFK Wednesday, honing the skills they used during the earthquake and hurricane in August.

Ex-D.C. Tax Worker Charged In $400K Scam


A former D.C. tax employee is being charged with pilfering more than $400,000 by offering illegitimate refunds, and pocketing the credits.

Virginia Gets High-Speed Rail Grant

Virginia gets $44 million from the federal government to help implement high-speed rail between Washington and Raleigh.

Principal Resigns After 'Banana Man' Protest

The principal that suspended a student for running across the football field wearing a banana costume in Fairfax County has resigned. 

One In 10 DCPS Middle Schoolers Say They've Attempted Suicide

empty desks

D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson presented the D.C. Council with some startling statistics about the city's middle school population Sept. 27. 

Crews Rappel Washington Monument

Rappelling on Washington Monument

Structural engineers are trying again today to rappel down the Washington Monument to look for structural damage after the investigation was suspended yesterday due to bad weather.

Grandmother Of Sexual Assault Victim Says Window Locks Went Unrepaired

Oxon Hill apartment complex

The grandmother of a 10-year-old girl who was sexually assaulted in her bedroom in Oxon Hill, Md. says their landlord was negligent in not fixing the apartment's window locks. 

Md. Legislature Looks At Offshore Wind

Offshore wind farm

Governor Martin O'Malley (D) plans to reintroduce wind power incentives this year, and Maryland lawmakers are working to be fully educated about the propoasl before it comes to them for a vote.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Sept. 28

Romero Britto Cubism

Les Mis, colorful cubism, and complex portraits made with mishmash materials.

MoCo Pushes Foreclosure Counseling

Montgomery County executive Isiah Leggett

Montgomery County officials are urging residents to avoid refinancing scams and consult counselors if they are thinking about foreclosing on their home.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

MetroAccess Tries To Deliver Despite Financial Woes

metroaccess vehicles

MetroAccess, which provides paratransit services for those with disabilities, struggles with services and an ever-tighter budget.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Dozens Hospitalized In NW Carbon Monoxide Leak

carbon monoxide leak

Dozens of people were hospitalized, with at least three in serious condition, after a carbon monoxide leak struck a rehabilitation center in Columbia Heights Tuesday.

Sexual Assault Victim's Grandmother Blames Landlord

crime scene tape

The grandmother of the 10-year-old Oxon Hills, Maryland girl who was sexually assaulted Monday is blaming  the apartment complex for not fixing the locks on her windows.

MoCo Aims To Curb Fire Commission

montgomery county fire department

Montgomery County council members are at odds with firefighters over the powers being exercised by the Fire and Emergency Services Commission and their veto power over policy.