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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Fairfax Supervisors Prepare For Budget Hearings

In Virginia, this week Fairfax County Supervisors will hold three public hearings on the proposed budget for the coming year.

Lawmaker Proposes Extending Smoking Ban In Montgomery County

Smoking is already banned in all workplaces, bars and restaurants in Montgomery County. Now, one county council member wants to expand the ban to public areas of apartment buildings and townhouse developments where smoking is currently allowed.

Maryland Senator Calls For National 'Blue Alert' System

Both Maryland and Virginia issue what's known as "Blue Alerts" after police officers are seriously injured or killed by suspects.

Leslie Johnson Attends Council Meeting Days After Conspiracy Charge

In Maryland, Prince George's County Council Member Leslie Johnson is continuing with her council work -- days after prosecutors filed a criminal information document charging her with conspiracy to commit evidence and witness tampering.

New Female Roller Derby League Brings Competition, Inspiration

In Salisbury, Md., a new female roller derby league has sparked of a resurgence of interest in the sport. But it's also bringing attention to the league's 19-year-old founder, and her inspirational battle off the track.

Fire Breaks Out In Franklin Towers In D.C.

In the District, fire officials are trying to determine what caused Tuesday morning's fire at the Franklin Towers located downtown at 1401 I Street Northwest.

Local Playwright Digs Up Morbid History With Humor

A new play by a local playwright shines the spotlight on a notorious figure from D.C.'s past: a 19th-century grave-robber who stole headlines, and for one unforgettable night, stole the show.

Maryland News Roundup

From MarylandReporter.com: UM officials worry about further cuts; Rocky Gap gets lower tax rate, racetracks closer to getting state subsidies, but with curbs; wind farm proposal still struggling; O'Malley helps form new group to push talented young Dem officials; restaurateurs join fight against State Center; and University of Maryland Eastern Shore flips the switch on its large solar farm.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Art in Paris, art in the suburbs: It’s a win-win.

Latest Maryland News

A chemist with the Food and Drug Administration has been arrested in Maryland with his son and both are facing insider trading charges.

Latest D.C. News

National Public Radio is suspending its search for a top news executive while its board searches for a new chief executive officer.

Latest Virginia News

The University of Virginia has identified the student who died after falling from the roof of the physics building at the Charlottesville school.

Daytime Robbery At National Mall Under Investigation

As hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to downtown Washington and the Tidal Basin for the National Cherry Blossom Festival, it appears some thieves could be waiting to strike.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Fertilizer Use Criticized In Maryland

Environmental advocates in Maryland are urging homeowners to cut back on their use of fertilizers on their lawns. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) took part in an event Monday in Baltimore in support of the group's efforts to reduce runoff from lawns in to the Chesapeake Bay.

D.C. Council Holds Hearing On Gray Hiring Practices

The D.C. Council is holding a hearing Monday morning on the hiring practices of Mayor Vincent Gray's administration.