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Monday, July 11, 2011

MPD Says D.C. Gun Laws Have No Impact On City Crime

It's been three years since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Washington's ban on handguns. But since the summer of 2008, the Metropolitan Police Department reports only 1,300 guns have been registered.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

July 11, 2011 - Emerging artists from the District and the Fringe.

Ivy City Residents Petition New Strip Clubs' Licenses

Some residents in Northeast D.C. say their neighborhood is becoming an unofficial red light district, and they're attempting to fight the strip clubs in question in the courts.

Cardin Says Federal Budget Deal Will Not Affect BRAC Projects In Maryland

As President Obama continues his series of face-to-face meetings on the budget deficit, Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) is speaking out about the federal budget and its impact in the state.

Va. Tech Professor Brings Minds, Machines Together In 'Laptop Orchestra'

Not all orchestras are made up of just cellos and violins. One composer in Virginia is making use of salad bowls and lawnmowers to create pieces for what he calls a "laptop orchestra."

City Council Tries Again on Cigar-Smoking Exemption

It's round two for the D.C. Council and its attempt to allow cigar smoking at a boxing-themed charity event.

Consider This By Fred Fiske: Concerts

If you don't think the gods have a weird sense of humor, then you probably haven't attended many school performances.

Moran to Hold Interactive Budget Workshop for Residents

Northern Virginia residents with ideas on how to cut the federal budget deficit will get a chance to share those ideas later today.

Presidential Historian Charged with Stealing Millions

Two men from New York City, including a presidential historian, are charged with stealing millions of dollars in documents from the Maryland Historical Society.

Top Environmental Officials To Discuss Restoration Of Chesapeake Bay

The nation's top environmental official and several governors from Chesapeake Bay watershed states are gathering in Richmond to size up progress in the restoration of the bay.

Water Main Work Closes A Lane On Canal Road Until September

The District's Water and Sewer Authority begins construction on a 48-inch water main today, which will close one eastbound lane of Canal Road until September.

CQ Roll Call: Back To Drawing Board On Deficit Reduction Talks, Calif. Special Election

WAMU Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey interviews David Hawkings, editor of CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, on the continued stalmate on the federal debt limit, where President Obama goes from here, and a special election happening tomorrow in California.

D.C. Named Sixth Hottest City In U.S.

Washington, D.C. was recently ranked as the sixth hottest city in the nation by the Weather Channel, and with today's high temperature and humidity, many will likely agree with that ranking.

Jury Selection Continues In Roger Clemens Trial

Former Major League Baseball pitcher Roger Clemens will be in federal court in Washington again today for jury selection in his trial stemming from his 2008 testimony to Congress regarding his use of steroids. He's charged with lying to congress about performance enhancing drugs.

Ocean City Boardwalk Artist Sues City Government

A street performer is suing the city of Ocean City, Md., charging the town violated his First Amendment rights.

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