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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

One Man Marches Through Civil War History

Historical sites in Northern Virginia and Maryland are expecting lots of visitors and Civil War simulations this summer, which marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. But one historical reenactment is happening right now, and it involves one man and a long journey.

AAA Expects More Memorial Day Weekend Travel This Year

The number of travelers to Ocean City and the rest of Maryland's Eastern Shore over Memorial Day weekend is expected to grow this year, in spite of high gas prices.

D.C. Finance Chief Puts Damper On Brown's Budget

As the D.C. Council prepares to vote on the city's 2012 budget later this morning, D.C.'s top financial officer is warning leaders about spending money that isn't there.

World War II Book Paints Portrait Of Courage Under Fire

A new book called "War Shots," by former Richmond Times Dispatch reporter Chip Jones, traces the stories behind some of the most iconic World War II footage from the Pacific Theater. The footage was shot by former Marine Major Norm Hatch.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Parking Rate Increase Coming To Montgomery County

Montgomery County is raising parking rates and bus fares in its attempt to balance its 2012 budget. The plan is expected to be approved later this week.

In Arlington Free Clinic, Service Depends On Chance

People without health coverage in Northern Virginia gather each month at the Arlington Free Clinic for services. The demand is so high the clinic is being forced to conduct a lottery, and more and more patients are showing up each month.

The Hill: Congress Watches Netanyahu's Speech And N.Y. Special Election

WAMU's host, Pat Brogan, speaks with Alex Bolton, senior staff writer for The Hill, about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech in Congress and a special election in New York that could be an indicator for 2012 election results.

Religious Leaders Rally For LGBT Equality

Almost 300 religious leaders rallied on Capitol Hill Tuesday as part of a lobbying effort to pass laws promoting equality for gays. The clergy came from all over the country, including the metro D.C. area.

Memorial Day Travelers Expected In Greater Numbers

With the start of the Memorial Day weekend just days away, travel experts predict an uptick in the number of people expected to travel to Ocean City and the Eastern Shore.

Proposed D.C. Tax Hike Loses Momentum Ahead Of Budget Vote

In the District, a last-minute push to convince D.C. Council members to pass an income tax hike appears to have failed. The council takes its first vote on the city's spending plan Wednesday morning.

Fairfax Police See Some Progress In Distracted Driving Fight

In Virginia, police in Fairfax County are finishing up a nine-month initiative putting a focus on the dangers of distracted driving.

Hurricane Season Has Officials Pushing Preparedness

Hurricane season begins June 1, and officials say it's time to start thinking about hurricane preparedness and boating safety.

New D.C. Foreclosure Rules Take Effect Tomorrow

New D.C. regulations go into effect Wednesday that require banks to go further to try to help homeowners avoid foreclosure. But some are wondering whether the requirement for mediation between lenders and borrowers will actually keep people from losing their homes.

Email Records Proving Challenging For Va. FOIA Officers

A recent Freedom of Information Act request that cost the state of Virginia $34,000 to compile has state officials looking at their open records practices.

BRAC Delay Out Of Local Va. Officials' Hands

The fight to delay the September arrival of more than 6,000 federal workers at the Department of Defense's new Mark Center complex off Interstate 395 in Alexandria continues, but lawmakers are finding that there's little then can do to stop the move.

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