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Monday, May 23, 2011

D.C. Police Arrests Man For The Killing Of His Daughter Last Year

Following a six-month investigation, police over the weekend arrested 45-year-old Rodney J. McIntyre of southeast Washington, D.C.

USDA Hopes To Stem Spread Of Invasive Beetle

Federal authorities are asking campers to buy their firewood locally in an effort to stop the spread of an invasive beetle this Memorial Day weekend.

Man In Wheelchair Injured During Arrest By Metro Transit Police (VIDEO)

A graphic video posted Thursday on YouTube has caught the attention of thousands of viewers and has some people asking whether Metro Transit Police officers were justified in subduing a man who was in a wheelchair when they arrested him last week.

No Room For Compost Pile? No Problem.

Apartment-dwellers now have a composting option: a relatively new company in the area is willing to pick up table scraps and help transform them into soil for gardens.

Gas Prices Dip Slightly In D.C. Region

Some regional gas prices appear to be falling just one week before the Memorial Day travel weekend.

Led By Kegasus, Preakness Scores Big Crowd

It looks like the decision by Preakness organizers to turn the reins over to Kegasus -- the hard-partying mascot of the 2011 race -- was a smart bet.

Virginia Unemployment Rate Continues To Decline

Virginia's unemployment rate fell slightly in April and remains below the national average.

Citizenship Fair Aims To Help Undocumented Workers

Washington, D.C. is the second stop in a nationwide effort to get more immigrant workers to apply for citizenship ahead of the 2012 elections.

Deer Overpopulation Yields Disastrous Results For Forests

As an ever-rising population of white-tailed deer have bumped up against their human neighbors in the D.C. area, the results haven't been pretty. There were an estimated 88,000 deer-vehicle collisions in Virginia, Maryland, D.C., and Delaware last year.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Kegasus Helps Bring In Record Crowds To Preakness

Kegasus, the half-horse, half-man mascot for this year's Preakness Stakes, may have been a big contributor to this year's record crowds.

Radisson Hotel Donates Fixtures To Habitat For Humanity

The fixtures from a never-opened Radisson hotel near New Castle are being donated to Habitat for Humanity.

Maryland Panel Says Crib Bumper Pads Are Hazardous

A Maryland panel has recommended that crib bumper pads be declared a hazard.

Local Organization Helps Immigrants Apply For Citizenship

Local Hispanic groups, labor unions and volunteer lawyers spent the weekend helping immigrants apply for citizenship.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

This Year's Preakness Is Drawing In Record Crowds

Large crowds are gathering at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md. as they await the Preakness Stakes – the second jewel of Triple Crown, which kicks off at a little after 6 p.m.

Historic Burial Ground Is Headed For Restoration

An historic burial ground in Richmond that has been the center of protests is finally headed for a restoration.

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