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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Howard County Sees Environmental And Economic Potential In Composting

Maryland's Howard County is calling on residents to put their leftovers to use through a new food scraps recycling program.

Rallies Voice Concerns Around Virginia

In Northern Virginia, two groups with very different ideas about the kind of political change the country needs held gatherings today.

Montgomery County Police Identify Suspects In 7-Eleven Flash Mob Robbery

A flash mob attack on a 7- Eleven in Germantown, Md. this past Saturday has kept Montgomery County police detectives very busy, but authorities say the effort has paid off.

Woodrow Wilson High School Reopens After $115 Million Renovation

Woodrow Wilson High School in northwest D.C. celebrated their $115 million renovation with a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday.

Giordano Tries To Collect Insurance As Gardner Search Continues

Maryland tourist Gary Giordano tried to redeem a $1.5 million insurance policy on his missing travel companion Robyn Gardner shortly after she disappeared.

Baltimore Ballot Has Wrong Date

Baltimore has mailed sample ballots with the wrong date for next month's primary election, reports AP.

Local Workers Head To Vigial Outside Verizon CEO's Home

Striking Verizon workers from Virginia to Massachusetts plan to hold a candle light vigil outside of CEO Lowell McAdam's home in Mendham, N.J. today, according to Associated Press.

D.C. Announces 9/11 Plans

The District is laying out its plans to observe the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Tests Show No Oil In Substance Found In Anacostia River

Initial tests indicated a presence of a petroleum-based substance in the Anacostia River, but when the U.S. Coast Guard followed up with a water assessment on Tuesday, they found no oil.

Virginia Man Faces Execution For Elderly Woman’s Death In 2001

Virginia is scheduled to execute a man from Williamsburg tonight, using a new drug mix that's been contested in other states.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Airports Authority Meets Today On Dulles Rail Budget

The Dulles Corridor Committee of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Board meets today with the full board to provide an update on the budget for the Dulles rail project.

Coast Guard To Continue Testing On Substance Spilled In Anacostia

The U.S. Coast Guard is now the lead agency tasked with determining just exactly what was spilled onto the Anacostia River near Benning Road NE. Thus far, authorities have been unable to determine the source of the contamination despite extensive tests.

Discipline Policy Still An Issue in Fairfax School Board Race

The long-running discussion about discipline in Fairfax County's public school system is the motivation behind at least one candidate's decision to run for the school board.

Virginia Health Officials Warning Swimmers Of Parasite

Virginia's health department is warning swimmers to beware of a deadly parasite that lives in stagnant water. The warning comes after a child in Virginia died of a related infection.

Police Uncover Large Insurance Policy In Robyn Gardner Case

Aruban authorities say they're planning an extensive search, using military forces if necessary, for a woman from Frederick, Md. who was reported missing August 2.

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