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Thursday, May 5, 2011

PG County Man Arrested in Connection With 2008 Springfield Triple Murder

Fairfax County Police have arrested a man linked to a 2008 triple murder that they're calling both sophisticated and brutal.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

A dance party, a chance to take a hike, and a bounty hunter turned international opera star.

Using Genetics, Students Learn Not To Judge A Book By Its Cover

At the Cesar Chavez Charter School in the District, some students are learning not to judge a book by its cover and that lesson is coming in biology class.

Bus Rapid Transit: 'Not Your Father's Bus'

Council members in Montgomery County, Md., received an update on plans to build Bus Rapid Transit lines in the county this week. The price tag for the plan is high, but at least one County Council member says it must be built because Montgomery County is losing the transit battle with its neighbors.

After Explosion, Authorities Advise Letting Pros Install Appliances

After an explosion leveled a home in Rockville and seriously injured two residents, Maryland authorities are reminding members of the public to hire professionals when installing gas appliances.

Mount Pleasant Riots: May 5 Woven Into Neighborhood's History

The Mount Pleasant riots made it clear that, in D.C., race issues would never again just be a matter of black versus white.

Rock N Roll Hotel Revitalizes H Street Corridor

The H Street corridor in Northeast D.C. was devastated by the 1968 riots in Washington, and struggled for decades afterward. But the area is in a period of revitalization now -- prompted in part by development around the Rock and Roll Hotel -- which turns five this fall.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Council Member Cheh Arrested At Abortion Funding Protest

In the District, a group of local abortion rights activists are protesting on Capitol Hill and Council member Mary Cheh is among those who've been arrested.

Protesters Oppose Bill Banning Abortion Funding

UPDATE: Eight arrested in protest over abortion funding, including D.C. Council member Mary Cheh. Activists are gathering on Capitol Hill to protest a House resolution that would ban the District from spending local dollars on abortions.

Fairfax Police Make Arrest In 2008 Triple-Murder Home Invasion

In Virginia, Fairfax police have made an arrest in case that had gone unsolved since November 2008. They've arrested a man in connection with a home invasion in Springfield that led to the stabbing deaths of three men.

Biology Class Asks Students To Question Racial Stereotypes

Students at the Cesar Chavez Charter School in the District are being challenged to question their assumptions about ethnicity and race. It's part of an innovative biology class in which kids get to teach their younger classmates.

Improperly Installed Gas Appliance Caused Rockville Blast

A spokesman for the Montgomery County, Md., Fire Department says an improperly installed gas appliance caused the explosion that leveled a Rockville house early Wednesday morning.

School Bus Accident In Montgomery County

Two Montgomery County Public Schools buses collided in Clarksburg, Md., Wednesday morning. Police say nine students and an adult suffered minor injuries.

D.C. Charter Schools Pioneer Steps Down

Josephine Baker, a leader in the District's charter school movement, will step down as executive director of the D.C. Public Charter School Board.

Potomac River Gets A 'D' In Health

The annual Chesapeake Bay water quality "report card" does not contain good news for the Potomac River. The river quality dropped in 2010 from the year before, but scientists say the decline could have been even worse due to the rising population.

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