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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Funding Scarce For Minority Arts Groups

Arts funding is not created equal, according to an arts funding watchdog that is criticizing the diminishing quantity of funds going to groups that serve racially diverse communities.

Study: Maryland Drivers Prefer Fees To Taxes


In on-going efforts to fund road improvements in Maryland, a survey indicates that residents would prefer increased inspection fees to close budget gaps instead of tax hikes.

Six Demonstrators Arrested In Senate Building

Protester with U.S. Capitol Police

Six protesters were arrested and charged with unlawful conduct-demonstrating in a Capitol building, after they joined some others in unfurling banners and chanting in the atrium of the Senate Hart Office Building 

Poll Shows Cain, Romney Even In Virginia

herman cain and mitt romney

Herman Cain has leap-frogged Texas Governor Rick Perry in polls of Virginia GOP voters, going from six percent to to 21 percent, tying him with Mitt Romney.

Northern Virginia Battlefield Added To Historic Registry

A major Civil War-related site in Northern Virginia has been added to the state's register of historic places, along with a general store in Fairfax County and a firehouse in Roanoke, Va.

Metrobus Driver Stabbed While Assisting Passenger

A 28-year-old Metrobus driver is recovering this morning after being stabbed several times when he tried to help a female passenger that got into a confrontation with another rider. Police have arrested a 52-year-old man in the stabbing.

Last Day For Comment On Virginia Gay Adoption Rules

Today is the last day for Virginians to weigh in on whether the state prohibits faith-based adoption agencies from discriminating against same-sex couples looking to adopt children.

Poll: Marylanders Support Offshore Wind Power

offshore wind power

A new poll shows Maryland residents would be willing to pay more for their power if it came from cleaner sources like offshore wind.

Anti-Mosquito Activist Tells City To Put a Sock In it

A D.C. man is waging a war on mosquitoes, and he says his homemade sock-laden traps work just as well as the ones used by the U.S. Department of Health.

Monday, October 10, 2011

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Oct. 11

Edgar Degas

The Book Club at Arena, the Festival of Hispanic Theater and Degas’s Dancers.

Freedom Plaza Protesters Staying Put

The protesters currently occupying Freedom Plaza call themselves Stop the Machine, and it appears they have been successful in stopping the machine, or at least the U.S. Park Police, from kicking them out of the plaza for the time being.

Bag Tax Hits Montgomery County In 2012

bag tax

Montgomery County is joining D.C. in the war against that ever-present annoyance: the plastic shopping bag.

Two Animal Fighting Busts In D.C.

dog fighting dog

Two people were arrested and two animals were saved, as Washington Humane Society investigations uncovered separate cases of dog fighting and cock fighting in Northeast D.C.

Va. Requests FEMA Funds For Flood Damage

va. flood cleanup

In the wake of the flooding that struck Virginia in September, Governor Bob McDonnell is seeking disaster status, in order to receive funds from FEMA.

CQ Roll Call: Obama's Jobs Bill Faces Senate, Maryland Redistricting Makes Members Nervous

President Obama's jobs bill faces the Senate on Tuesday, and Maryland's redistricting could end Rep. Roscoe Bartlett's 20-year political career.