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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Former Teacher Gets 25 Years For Child Porn In Va.

A former teacher has been sentenced to 25 years in prison on child pornography charges in Virginia, after admitting a decades-long pattern of molesting teenage boys in the United States and Japan.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Climate Change May Be Contributing To D.C.'s Ragweed Problem

The D.C. region has got one of the highest concentrations of ragweed in the country, and climate change may be exacerbating the problem, according to a new report released Tuesday.

Officers In Wheelchair Arrest Reassigned To Admin Duties

Two Metro police officers involved in a confrontation with a man in a wheelchair last week have had their police powers suspended pending an investigation of the incident.

Police Search For Suspects In Carjacking At Largo Metro

Metro Transit Police are asking for the public's help in the search for four suspects thought to be behind an armed carjacking at Largo Town Station in Maryland Wednesday morning.

Montgomery County Breaks Ground On New Court Annex

Montgomery County needs more courtrooms, and leaders there are taking steps to alleviate the problem with a new wing on the county court building.

Clergy Says LGBT Bullying Is 'Matter Of Life And Death'

A day after hundreds of religious leaders urged Congress to pass laws protecting gays from discrimination, one local pastor explains it's a matter of life and death.

Fairfax Co. Teens Learn Lesson On Distracted Driving

May is National Youth Traffic Safety month, and on Tuesday, Fairfax County Police marked the occasion by taking teens for rides on the county's Emergency Vehicle Operations Course, to let them experience just how dangerous distracted driving can be.

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.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Venus in Fur, Jazz in the Garden, and Perfect Girls at home.

Environmental Groups Hope To Side With EPA In Bay Lawsuit

There's a legal battle brewing over the Environmental Protection Agency's plans to restore the Chesapeake Bay, and environmental groups are trying to join in.

Baltimore Journalist Still Missing In Libya

A senior Libyan official says he has no knowledge about the fate of Matthew VanDyke, a freelance journalist from Baltimore missing for more than nine weeks.

D.C. Council Votes Against Income Tax Hike

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's plan to raise the income tax on households earning $200,000 or more fell short Wednesday at the council, which passed the city's budget for the 2012 fiscal year.

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