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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Robyn Gardner's Mother Praying For Her Safe Return

The mother of a woman who disappeared during a trip to Aruba tells the Associated Press the family is hoping for the best outcome and praying she'll be with them soon.

Advocates Seek Continued Funding For Farmers' Markets

Advocates for farmers markets say locally-sourced fruits and vegetables aren't just adding flavor to our refrigerators, they also spice up our economy. But supporters worry federal grants for farmers markets could soon disappear.

Rockville Wrestles With How To Control Deer Population

White tail deer are a growing problem in the city of Rockville, Md., and now city officials are asking for residents' input on how to control them.

Murders Down 43 Percent In D.C. After Coordinated City Effort

Authorities in D.C. say this summer has been one of the safest on record, with the number of homicides down 43 percent from last year.

MLK Memorial Will Open Early For District Residents

District residents will get a sneak peek at the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial later this month.

Advisory Group Debates Plan For Alexandria Waterfront

Should the Alexandria waterfront have hotels or parks? That's at the heart of a debate now playing out at City Hall, where members of an advisory panel are expected to issue recommendations Nov. 1.

Youth Voices: Raven Reese

Sooner or later, every child must realize that the world is more than just a playground, and that being a parent involves more than just saying 'Yes, you may.' For commentator Raven Reese, those lessons were particularly difficult ones.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Search For Missing Woman In Aruba Called Off

Aruban Authorities ended the active search for missing Frederick County resident Robyn Gardner, but continue to question Gary Giordano of Gaithersburg.

D.C. Residents To Get Preview Of MLK Jr. Memorial

D.C. Residents will get an exclusive preview of the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial on the National Mall several days before official dedication on Aug. 28.

Bay Bridge To Get A Fresh Coat Of Paint

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge is getting a makeover, including a new coat of paint.

Three More Victims Come Forward In Serial Butt Slasher Case

Police have identified three more potential victims of a serial slasher that has been frequenting malls and other retail locations in Northern Virginia.

D.C. Plans For Crowds At MLK Memorial Dedication

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and other city leaders are gearing up for an historic event on the national mall later this month, the dedication of the National Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.

Virginia Looks To Bolster Civics Education

Surveys have shown that Americans know little about the U.S. government and Constitution. The studies have prompted the Virginia General Assembly to revive a commission studying ways to bolster civics education.

After Rash Of Crimes, LGBT Community Calls For Police Action

D.C.'s gay, lesbian, and transgender activists are upset by a series of attacks, one of them deadly, that seem to target members of their community. Some say police response to the crimes has been disappointing, and even biased.

Regional School Officials Will Weigh 'No Child Left Behind' Waiver

School officials in the region are applauding a decision by the U.S. Department of Education to relax some requirements of the No Child Left Behind law.