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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Officers In Wheelchair Arrest Reassigned To Admin Duties

Two Metro police officers involved in a confrontation with a man in a wheelchair last week have had their police powers suspended pending an investigation of the incident.

Police Search For Suspects In Carjacking At Largo Metro

Metro Transit Police are asking for the public's help in the search for four suspects thought to be behind an armed carjacking at Largo Town Station in Maryland Wednesday morning.

Montgomery County Breaks Ground On New Court Annex

Montgomery County needs more courtrooms, and leaders there are taking steps to alleviate the problem with a new wing on the county court building.

Clergy Says LGBT Bullying Is 'Matter Of Life And Death'

A day after hundreds of religious leaders urged Congress to pass laws protecting gays from discrimination, one local pastor explains it's a matter of life and death.

Fairfax Co. Teens Learn Lesson On Distracted Driving

May is National Youth Traffic Safety month, and on Tuesday, Fairfax County Police marked the occasion by taking teens for rides on the county's Emergency Vehicle Operations Course, to let them experience just how dangerous distracted driving can be.

One Man Marches Through Civil War History

Historical sites in Northern Virginia and Maryland are expecting lots of visitors and Civil War simulations this summer, which marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. But one historical reenactment is happening right now, and it involves one man and a long journey.

AAA Expects More Memorial Day Weekend Travel This Year

The number of travelers to Ocean City and the rest of Maryland's Eastern Shore over Memorial Day weekend is expected to grow this year, in spite of high gas prices.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

D.C. Council Chair To Unveil 2012 Budget Plan

D.C.'s plan to close its $322 million budget deficit should become a lot clearer today.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Movies on U Street, Cold Light in The Fridge, and serious speeches at Ford’s.

Parking Rate Increase Coming To Montgomery County

Montgomery County is raising parking rates and bus fares in its attempt to balance its 2012 budget. The plan is expected to be approved later this week.

In Arlington Free Clinic, Service Depends On Chance

People without health coverage in Northern Virginia gather each month at the Arlington Free Clinic for services. The demand is so high the clinic is being forced to conduct a lottery, and more and more patients are showing up each month.

The Hill: Congress Watches Netanyahu's Speech And N.Y. Special Election

WAMU's host, Pat Brogan, speaks with Alex Bolton, senior staff writer for The Hill, about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech in Congress and a special election in New York that could be an indicator for 2012 election results.

Religious Leaders Rally For LGBT Equality

Almost 300 religious leaders rallied on Capitol Hill Tuesday as part of a lobbying effort to pass laws promoting equality for gays. The clergy came from all over the country, including the metro D.C. area.

Memorial Day Travelers Expected In Greater Numbers

With the start of the Memorial Day weekend just days away, travel experts predict an uptick in the number of people expected to travel to Ocean City and the Eastern Shore.

Proposed D.C. Tax Hike Loses Momentum Ahead Of Budget Vote

In the District, a last-minute push to convince D.C. Council members to pass an income tax hike appears to have failed. The council takes its first vote on the city's spending plan Wednesday morning.

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