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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Irvin Nathan Confirmed As D.C. Attorney General

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's pick for the city's attorney general has been confirmed by the D.C. Council. Council members voted unanimously to confirm Irvin Nathan to the post.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Love, truth and sacrifice in The Green Bird, outstanding soloists at the Kennedy Center and London's St. Martin choir at Lafayette Square.

Michelle Edwards: Not A Lot Of Room For Excuses

Education has been central to Michelle Edwards' journey as an independent youth, a dedicated mother and as the current principal of Orr Elementary School in Southeast D.C.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Bag Tax Passes In Montgomery County

Montgomery County, Md., has followed the lead of the District and will impose a tax on disposable shopping bags.

Commercial Property Tax Hike Rejected By Alexandria City Council

In Virginia, members of the Alexandria City Council have rejected a proposal that would have singled out commercial properties for a higher tax rate to help pay for transportation projects. Instead, council members decided to raise taxes on everybody.

Pressure Mounts On O'Malley To Veto Waste-To-Energy Bill

In Maryland, a growing coalition is urging Gov. Martin O'Malley to veto legislation that enhances incentives for facilities that create energy by incinerating trash.

Fallen Law Enforcement Officers Honored At Blue Mass

The area's law enforcement community is remembering those who gave their lives in the line of duty. Tuesday, officers from more than two dozen law enforcement agencies gathered at a church in downtown D.C. for the annual Blue Mass.

Preakness: There's an App for That

Maryland horse racing fans can now turn to a special smart phone app for the latest Preakness updates and other racing news.

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.

Montgomery Co. Schools To Cut Employee Benefits In 2012

Budget cuts are finally coming to schools in Montgomery County, and school employees aren't likely to be thrilled about the changes.

D.C. Area Bicyclists Battle Not Just Cars, But The Road Itself

As warmer temperatures draw more bicyclists to the region's roadways, safety officials and biking advocates are bracing for a rise in cycling accidents.

Northern Va. Muslim Immigrants Differ On Impact Of Bin Laden Death

Muslims in Northern Virginia are expressing a wide range of reactions to news of Osama bin Laden's death in a raid by U.S. forces Sunday.

New Beginnings Escapee Caught By MPD

A teenager who escaped from a District juvenile detention center is back in custody after being caught by police. The teen had been missing since April 18th.

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