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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

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.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

High-wattage theater from the Fringe, and Brooklyn's finest.

Bin Laden White House Rally A Boon For Capital Bikeshare

News about the killing of Osama bin Laden had an unexpected impact on D.C.'s Department of Transportation Sunday night -- heavy usage of the city's bike sharing program.

Bribery Trial For Former Va. Delegate Phil Hamilton Begins

The federal bribery and extortion trial of former Virginia Delegate Phil Hamilton is underway.

Enviro Group Calls On Federal Government For Anacostia Cleanup

A local nonprofit is calling for more federal involvement in the ongoing effort to clean up the Anacostia River.

Commentary By Jeanne Connelly: Don't Put Off A Visit To The Arboretum

This time of year a lot of people head outside to enjoy the weather and take in some of the spring blossoms. But Commentator Jeanne Connelly, of Friends of the National Arboretum, warns that one of those local dispalys is now in jeopardy.