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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

SEALs Get Donations Following Bin Laden Death

A foundation that provides financial assistance for the families of Navy SEALs is getting a boost from online donors following Osama bin Laden's death.

Maryland Casinos Bring In $13.6 Million

The Maryland Lottery says the state's two casinos had about $13.6 million in gross revenue for April.

Howard County Approves Speed Cameras

Slow down -- speed cameras are coming to Maryland's Howard County.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Osama Bin Laden's Death Brings Concerns Over Security

WMATA has beefed up security at Metro stations Monday in the wake of the death of Osama bin Laden. Passengers will likely notice more uniformed, armed officers throughout the system, according to Metro officials.

Fairfax School Board To Discuss Teacher Pay Raises Today

Today in Fairfax County, a school board work session could give teachers and staff an sense of whether a pay raise is truly on the way.

Fumes Force 911 Call Center Evacuation in Alexandria

In Virginia, Alexandria's 911 call center is expected to re-open today after fumes in the public safety building prompted an evacuation.

On the Potomac River, Rescuers Battle the Elements and Outdated Equipment

Boating season is now officially underway in the District. For the small team of D.C. firefighters that patrols the Potomac River, that means not only battling powerful currents, but dealing with unpredictable weather, unseasoned boaters, and outdated equipment.

Workplace Flexibility In U.S. Could Be Key To International Competition

For some, workplace flexibility is the key to juggling work life and family life. But now some experts say it's the key to competing with other countries.

Escaped Teenager Back In MPD Custody

A teenager who escaped from a District juvenile detention center is back in police custody, after being apprehended by police Monday afternoon.

Commentary By Joe Horning: A Plea For Comprehensive Homeless Services

As Congress returns from its recess this week, potential budget cuts -- including those affecting programs that help prevent foreclosures -- will be on the agenda. Commentator Joe Horning -- chairman of the D.C.-based Horning Brothers development company -- is urging federal and local lawmakers to consider the consequences.

Local Muslims Offer Nuanced Reactions To Bin Laden's Death

While local Muslim leaders are using words like "hope" and "relief" in the aftermath of Osama bin Laden's death, some Muslim residents are offering more complicated reactions.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Bohemian's big band, Hawaii's Kaho'olawe, and Corcoran's class.

Consider This: The Royal Wedding And The Modern Monarchy

In a world beset by myriad problems –- wars, failing economies, earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, and rising oil price -– more than a billion people, one-third of the planet's population, watched the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on Friday.

CQ Roll Call: Osama bin Laden And National Security

Members of Congress return this week from their Easter and Passover break, and of course they're returning to the news that Osama bin Laden has been killed by U.S. Special Forces operating on a raid in Pakistan. David Hawkins, editor of the CQ Daily Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks with WAMU'S Matt McCleskey and analyzes what this means for the U.S. and national security.

Dominion Requests Rate Hike

Dominion Virginia Power is asking state regulators for permission to charge customers more for power.

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