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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

5.8 Magnitude Earthquake Hits D.C. Region

The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting a 5.8 magnitude earthquake that hit about 100 miles south of Washington D.C. at 1:51 p.m. and was felt as far north as Boston, according to the Associated Press.

Man Equipped Car With Fireworks, Planned To Set Them Off On National Mall

Update 9:07 a.m.Authorities in Maryland have charged a man they found with a large quantity of fireworks in Bethesda's Cabin John Park, after he told them he was headed to the National Mall to set them off.

Visitors Show Raw Emotion On MLK Memorial's Opening Day

Thousands of people are lining up to view the new memorial to the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, and the display and sculpture of the civil rights leader is evoking many memories.

Impacts Of Libyan Conflict On Gas Prices Still Uncertain

Gas prices are 35 percent higher than a year ago. Part of the reason is the civil war in Libya, which caused oil production to virtually shut down.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Maryland's Dinosaur Camp Provides Education Rich In History, Science And Fossils

It may be the first day of school, but some students have been busy learning outside of the classroom this summer. The D.C. region is unusually rich fossil hunting territory, and children at Dinosaur Camp have spent the hot, humid days digging around for cool fossil findings.

D.C. Area Amtrak Riders May Have Been Exposed To Measles

Health officials in Virginia are warning people who took one Amtrak train last week they may have been exposed to measles.

P.G. County Police Seek Information In Toddler Shooting

Prince George's County police have identified a person of interest in the weekend shooting of a toddler.

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton On The Opening Of The MLK Memorial

The memorial to Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. opens today and will be officially dedicated Saturday. D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton talks with WAMU Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey about what the memorial means to her, and to Washington as a whole.

Washingtonians Watch As Libyan Rebels Advance Through Tripoli

Many in Washington stayed up overnight to watch the continuing reports of Libyan rebels' advancement into the country's capital and what appears to portend the fall of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

Verizon Workers Go Back To Work

Thousands of Verizon workers in the region are heading back to work after two weeks of striking.

MLK Memorial Opens To Public Today

As many as a quarter of a million people are expected to attend Sunday's official dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in downtown D.C.

Environmentalists Differ On Alexandria Coal-Fired Power Plant

Environmentalists in Virginia are divided over what should happen to millions of dollars that have been set aside to clean up a coal-fired power plant on the waterfront in Alexandria.

Commentary By Karim Kai Ani: Students Need Better Math Instructions

The back-to-school season kicks off in the District today. Schools in Maryland and Virginia will soon follow. Commentator Karim Kai Ani says we should pay close attention to the kind of math instruction students receive when they arrive.

Tourists And Residents Gathered For MLK Memorial Preview

Tourists and area resident got their first preview today of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the national mall.

Libyan Ambassador Working In D.C. To Secure Gadhafi's Funds

As rebel forces in Libya consolidate their hold on the capital city, Tripoli, the country's representatives here in the U.S. are responding to the rapidly changing situation.

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