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Thursday, June 16, 2011

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Empty Chair tackles a classic, Kingsley Flood doesn’t water down, and SAUCERIFEROUS!

McDonnell Signs 8 Energy Bills Into Law

Some environmental groups are applauding eight pieces of legislation that Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell says will help Virginia become the clean energy capital of the East Coast, but they also say the Commonwealth has a lot of catching up to do to compete with other states seeking the same designation.

Kaya Henderson Gets High Marks At Confirmation Hearing

Acting D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson hasn't been confirmed as the permanent schools chief just yet. The council is expected to vote on her confirmation next Tuesday, but Thursday the public got a chance to offer input on the decision.

Commentary By Christopher Imbrosciano: People With Disabilities Are Underrepresented In Performing Arts

This weekend the Round House Theatre in Bethesda, Md. is hosting a performance of "Inside/Out: Voices from the Disability Community." The show weaves together the stories of several cast members who are also members of the disability community. Commentator Christopher Imbrosciano is one of them. He says we need to do a better job of including people with disabilities in performing arts.

Ash Trees Threatened By Pest In Howard County

A pest that has been killing ash trees in more than a dozen states has been found in Howard County, Md. The ash borer could threaten Baltimore's large ash tree population.

School Bus To Double As Mobile Farmers Market

It's a national problem that has become all too real for many residents of the District. Whole neighborhoods have little to no access to fresh produce. Now, one group trying to change that with a food caravan of sorts that crosses these "food deserts" with fresh fruits and vegetables.

Md. Congressman: Weiner Resignation 'Right For The Country'

Several of the region's lawmakers say it's a good thing embattled Democrat Rep. Anthony Weiner has now resigned from Congress.

Top Campaign Aide To Former Md. Governor Indicted In Robocall Probe

The top prosecutor in Maryland says a senior aide and a consultant hired by former Gov. Robert Ehrlich have been indicted in an investigation into robocalls made on Election Day in 2011.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Virginia Beaches Temporarily Closed Due To Bacteria Levels

Several Hampton Roads beaches along the Chesapeake Bay have been placed off limits to swimmers.

Police Still Pursuing Suspect In AU Professor's Murder

Authorities have not been able to arrest the suspect they are seeking in the murder of American University Professor Sue Marcum, but he's been in contact with police, according to a Washington Post report.

MPD Officer Charged With Fraud

A Metropolitan Police sergeant was arrested yesterday on charges of fraud, after she allegedly forged $43,000 in checks from an 85-year-old District resident.

Advocates: Virginia Needs To Revamp Youth Mental Health Care

Some advocates for children with mental illnesses are calling on Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell to improve the way the commonwealth provides pediatric mental health care. They say many children in crisis aren't receiving the services they need.

Police Investigate Hate-Related Graffiti At Poolesville HS

Police in Montgomery County are investigating what they call a hate incident at a high school, as well as the theft of a utility vehicle from the school grounds.

D.C. Budget Blasted By Police Union Head

Within minutes of the D.C. Council's second and final vote on next year's budget, Fraternal Order of Police leader Kris Baumann sent an email to reporters stating the D.C. Council and Mayor Vincent Gray, "just made the city less safe."

Va. Student Safety Bills Signed Into Law

Several pieces of legislation designed to improve safety for school children in Virginia were signed into law Tuesday.

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