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Thursday, April 28, 2011

D.C. Police Chief Says Man Shot By Police Had BB Gun

The 18-year-old man shot and killed by police in the District Tuesday was carrying a BB gun, not an actual firearm, says D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier.

Funeral Service For Former Maryland Governor Schaefer

In Maryland, three days of ceremonies for former governor William Donald Schaefer concluded with a funeral service in Baltimore, the city where he served four colorful terms as mayor.

Drug Take-Back Day This Saturday In Montgomery County

For residents of Montgomery County, this weekend is the time to clean out that medicine cabinet. The county's police department is holding a prescription drug take-back day Saturday at several police stations.

Healthy Schools: D.C. Tries To Teach Students Good Habits

Four out of every 10 D.C. public school students are overweight or obese. The D.C. City Council passed the Healthy Schools Act as a way to tackle the problem.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Cuccinelli Slams DOE, Will Appeal Virginia Tech Fines

The Commonwealth's Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli, says he intends to appeal a federal fine levied against Virginia Tech for its handling of the 2007 campus shooting that left 32 dead.

Tornado Watch In Effect Wednesday Evening

A flash flood warning is in effect until 10:15 p.m. for Anne Arundel, Prince George's and Charles counties in Maryland, as well as for Fairfax County in Virginia.

MoCo Firefighters Protest Against County Executive

Professional firefighters in Montgomery County are staging a protest Wednesday in Burtonsville, Md., against County Executive Isiah Leggett.

Wanted In D.C.: A New Taxicab Commissioner

Leon Swain, the taxicab commissioner under former Mayor Adrian Fenty, was told by the Mayor Vincent Gray's office he would not be reappointed to the job.

Humor Marks Funeral For Former Maryland Governor

Hundreds packed a church in Baltimore, Md., for the funeral for former Gov. William Donald Schaefer.

Restaurants Raise Money For Employees Out Of Work From Georgetown Flood

Several D.C. area restaurants have stepped up to "adopt" some of their fellow eateries in the wake of the Georgetown floods last week.

Starting tonight at The Front Page in Arlington, they're raising money for employees from the restaurants at Washington Harbour in Georgetown, who are expected to be out of work for the next several weeks as crews finish cleaning up flood damage.

9/11 Pentagon Stone Presented To FBI

Military officials are remembering September 11, 2001 today as they show their appreciation to some of those who responded to the attacks.

Cuccinelli To Make Announcement about Virginia Tech Fines

Virginia Tech has until Friday to appeal a fine levied by the U.S. Department of Education, which found the university violated a campus safety law on the day of the mass shootings there four years ago.

At-large Race: Vincent Orange Returns To D.C. Council

A familiar face is returning to the D.C. Council. Vincent Orange, a former Ward 5 council member, edged out eight other candidates in yesterday's special election for an at-large D.C. Council seat, according to the election counts from Tuesday night.

The D.C. elections board now has ten days to count absentee and provisional ballots and certify the results.

'Educate Loudoun' Group Aims for Influence Over School Board Elections

In Virginia, a fledgling political group is looking to turn education into a bigger priority in Loudoun County during the 2011 local elections.

Swim Instructors Tout Water Safety As Summer Nears

With dozens of drownings in Virginia each year, swim instructors say that's evidence too many children still don’t know how to swim. And with financial help available for classes, they say there’s no excuse.

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