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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

D.C. School Officials Tighten Test Security After Investigation

In the District, test scores at three public school classrooms are being thrown out after an investigation found strong suspicion of what officials are calling test security violations.

First Of Three Funerals Held After Montgomery County Car Crash

Authorities say 20-year-old Kevin Coffay, the suspected driver in the car crash which killed three friends in Montgomery County, was released on bond late Tuesday. Meanwhile, Wednesday the first of three funerals for the victims of the tragedy was held.

New D.C. Transportation Chief Selected By Mayor Gray

A new director will be leading D.C.'s Department of Transportation moving forward. Mayor Vincent Gray chose to promote from within by nominating Terry Bellamy, who's currently serving as an interim director.

D.C. Area Faces Heavy Rains, Possible Flooding

Heavy rains in the forecast and rising water level in the Potomac River have prompted flash flood warnings for the District and near Virginia suburbs.

Dulles Metro Project Faces More Loudoun County Resistance

In Virginia, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors is continuing its opposition of a plan to build an underground Metrorail station at Dulles Airport.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Metro Proposes Increasing Train Wait Times

As Metro works to close a $66 million budget gap, riders could face longer Metrorail delays on weekends and the elimination of some bus routes.

After Fatal MoCo Crash, Police And Parents Beg Teens To Be Careful

Following this past weekend's triple fatal car accident in Montgomery County, authorities are urging teen drivers, their friends, and parents to consider the consequences of poor judgement behind the wheel.

Jack Johnson Pleads Guilty

UPDATE: Former Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson has pleaded guilty to charges of extortion and witness and evidence tampering. Johnson entered the plea to the two counts in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt on Tuesday.

D.C. Activists Fighting Gray Proposal To Repurpose Stadium Funds

A deal struck in 2004 to set aside funding for the Nationals ballpark neighborhood -- in order to get the needed votes to build the stadium -- is in jeopardy, and D.C. activists aren't too thrilled.

D.C.-To-NYC Buses May Get More Expensive With New Regulations

In D.C.'s Chinatown neighborhood, buses leave to or arrive from New York City at almost any hour. These buses have grown in popularity, thanks in large part to their low prices. But starting this summer, D.C. can charge companies for using curbside space.

Pets Find Shelter In D.C. After Alabama Tornado

Thirty-seven dogs and four cats rescued in the aftermath of the tornadoes that struck Alabama are now calling the District home. The pets are now being cared for at the Washington Animal Rescue League, after a 17-hour, life-saving trip in an animal ambulance.

Two Women, One A Minor, Charged In Baltimore Transgender Beating

A Baltimore County grand jury has indicted two teenagers on hate crime charges in the April beating of a transgender woman at a McDonald's restaurant in Rosedale, Md.

Realtors Get Creative In Heated Market

The Washington metro area's housing market hasn't been hit as hard as other parts of the country, but because there are thousands of realtors, competition to list properties is fierce.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Survival theater, gray area art, Placido's swan song, and afternoon hymns.

GM Breaks Ground On Electric Motor Facility In Maryland

Proponents of green manufacturing at the state and national level gathered in White Marsh, Md., Tuesday to break ground on a new facility at General Motors' Baltimore Operation.

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