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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Examining The Broadband Divide In D.C.

A new study from American University's Investigative Reporting Workshop, funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, suggests that the broadband internet divide in our region isn't a matter of access, but instead a matter of adoption. WAMU Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey interviews project director John Dunbar about the study's findings.

TSA To Step Up Bomb Screening At Airports

Security measures at airports will likely increase soon due to warnings about a potential new terrorist threat: body bombs.

Virginia Motorists To Be Required To Get The Same Emissions Test As NoVa

Motorists in most of Virginia will soon be required to get the same vehicle emissions testing now required in Northern Virginia.

Volunteers With Surfrider Foundation Transform Land Into Rain Garden

As residents wait for new projects to be built in the neighborhood near National's Park, some environmental activists are teaming up with a local developer to transform a construction site into a runoff-reducing rain garden.

After Taser Robbery, Germantown Residents Question Safety

Germantown residents are now questioning the safety of a particular bank location as authorities continue search for the thief who used Taser to rob an ATM customer there.

Hate Crimes Against Whites And Latinos Rise In D.C.

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says hate crimes targeting whites and Latinos are on the rise. This statistic comes from a report showing that hate crimes in general increased by almost 70 percent last year.

Loudoun Supervisors Not Sold On Dulles Rail Compromise

County leaders in Northern Virginia are mulling over a deal that would bring down the cost of the planned Dulles Metrorail station by $1 billion.

D.C.P.S. Resolves Part Of Special Ed Class Action Suit

D.C. Public Schools has reduced the backlog of cases involving special education students waiting to meet with hearing officers, meaning the District has been released from a part of a longstanding class action lawsuit Blackman-Jones.

D.C. Mayor Looks Into Sexual Assault In Summer Jobs Program

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is defending city hiring practices after a city employee was charged with sexually assaulting a teenager. The employee was a paroled criminal.

‘Art Beat’ With Sean Rameswaram

The Capital Fringe Festival takes Northwest Washington by storm, the National Symphony Orchestra tunes up at Wolf Trap, and Odd Birds nest at the Artists' Gallery in Columbia.

Decision On Charter Schools Today In Montgomery County

Later this morning, Board of Education members in Montgomery County could approve plans for the first charter school in the county.

Capital Fringe Festival Kicks Off Today

Today is the first day of the Capital Fringe Festival: biggest unjuried festival of self-produced theater in the region.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Race-based hate crimes up nearly 40 percent in D.C.

D.C. Police say the total number of hate-crimes increased by nearly 70 percent last year.

Police Search For Taser-Wielding Robber

Police are searching for a suspect who used a Taser to rob a man at an outdoor ATM machine in Montgomery County.

Gray Reverses Course On Dulles Metro Station

A key supporter of an underground Metro Station at Dulles Airport has reversed course.

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