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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Firework Safety: Fire Departments Urge Caution

A cantaloupe sits atop a road cone. Beneath it is an M-80, a popular addition to many Fourth of July celebrations. When the firework goes off, the cantaloupe disappears, with fragments landing in all directions, some hundreds of feet away.

New Measure Looks To Ban Smoking In Some Public Spaces In MoCo

Later this morning, council members in Montgomery County will look at extending the county's smoking ban for some public spaces.

Maryland 'DREAM Act' Opponents Build Support With Signatures

The Maryland State Board of Elections has validated more than 47,000 signatures in an effort to overturn legislation that would allow certain undocumented immigrants that graduate from Maryland high schools to pay in-state college tuition.

Metrobus Drivers Don't Walk Out, But Express Concern Over Safety

Metrobus drivers didn't walk out today, as they had threatened to do yesterday, but some are saying they are still concerned that management is not paying attention to their concerns about driver safety.

Frederick Schools, Parents Fight Over Banning Textbook

The Frederick County School board will not remove a textbook that's raising eyebrows among some parents from the school's curriculum, at least for now.

"TrailMix" Event to Highlight W&OD Trail's Ties to Civil War

A new event called the Dominion "TrailMix" is putting a spotlight on Northern Virginia's Washington and Old Dominion Trail, and its key role in the Civil War.

Tune Inn: A Washington Institution

Owners of the Tune Inn, a popular watering hole on Capitol Hill, say they plan to re-open the bar as soon as possible, after a fire gutted the bars kitchen early Wednesday.

Yonathan Melaku, Man Detained In Pentagon Scare, Charged In Military Facility Shootings

UPDATE 10:36 a.m.: Yonathan Melaku, a Marine reservist who was detained during a security scare near the Pentagon Friday, has been charged in the 2010 shootings at several military facilities in the area.

D.C. Mayor Promises Park To Red Line Crash Victims' Families

Families of the people killed in a 2009 Metro train crash are asking the District to create a new park near the crash site dedicated to those who died. And D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray says it needs to happen.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Officials Link Man Detained During Pentagon Scare To 2010 Shootings

Officials tell the Associated Press that evidence has linked the man who was detained near the Pentagon Friday, Yonathan Melaku, to shootings at military buildings in 2010.

DOT To Audit Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority

The Obama Administration will conduct an audit of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA), after the Authority's handling of the Dulles Metrorail extension has come under fire.

Traffic Light Computer System Restored In Montgomery County

Traffic lights are back to normal in Montgomery County, Md., after a hectic morning commute.

Md. Becomes First State To Require Environmental Literacy

The Maryland State Board of Education has voted to require students across the state be environmentally literate before they graduate from high school.

First Dominion 'TrailMix' To Blend Environmental Cleanup, Fitness

Virginia's first lady, Maureen McDonnell, is trying to bring more attention to the 45-mile-long Washington and Old Dominion Trail. She visited Arlington County Wednesday to kick off that effort.

Activists Look To Illuminate Lighting Issues

Some environmental activists want to shed light on the subject of energy use, and they say the District's street lamps are a good place to start.

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