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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Parking For U.S. Open: Four Days Of Golf, Two Years To Plan

Play at next week's U.S. Open golf tournament at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda will last four days. But preparations for the tournament took two years.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Police Confirm 12-Year-Old In Gaithersburg Was Stabbed

Police in Montgomery County, Md., are continuing their investigation into the death of a 12-year-old girl found inside her home in Gaithersburg last week. The police are now confirming the girl was stabbed.

Festival Aims To Get Kids Outdoors

Saturday is National Get Outdoors Day, and there will be an event taking place at Kingman Island to promote healthy living.

Going To The U.S. Open? Driving Is Preferred Option

Even without Tiger Woods, next week's U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., will attract tens of thousands of fans. For this event, traveling by Metro may not be the most convenient method.

Syria's Surviving Human Rights Groups

Protests in Syria continue despite gruesome images of torture and attacks on protesters. These images are available courtesy of Syrian human rights groups, some of whom have help from Syrian activists and scholars now living in the D.C. region.

Missing Swimmer's Body Recovered From Tridelphia Reservoir

Rescue crews in Montgomery County, Md., say they have recovered the body of a swimmer who drowned in the Tridelphia Reservoir.

Virginia Develops New 'Quiet' Pavement

Virginia's Department of Transportation has invented a new blend of pavement that's supposedly better at absorbing sound. This new blend, called a Porous Friction Course, is undergoing testing on the Prince William County Parkway in Manassas.

Opponents Of Maryland DREAM Act Pass First Petition Test

In Maryland, opponents of a law that will allow undocumented students to receive in-state tuition at state colleges and universities are another step closer to getting the measure before voters.

Tiger Woods Won't Play U.S. Open

Tiger Woods will not be playing at next week's U.S. Open golf tournament at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md.

Fairfax Man Pleads Guilty In Escort Scam

A man from Fairfax, Va., has admitted to harboring undocumented immigrants from Korea who served as ''doumi girls'' to flirt with male customers and pour drinks at karaoke clubs.

Clifton Elementary School Will Close June 30

The Virginia Supreme Court has upheld the decision by to close Clifton Elementary school in Fairfax County.

Virginia Tech Shares Green Pest Control Technology Worldwide

With the world’s population growing, the pressure is on to produce more food on less land. The challenge is especially great in the tropics, where insects and fungi compete with farmers for edible crops. Now scientists from Virginia Tech are traveling the world, promoting powerful organic ways to protect plants.

Jefferson Memorial Dancers Get Support From D.C. Delegate

Demonstrators who want to dance in some of Washington's revered public spaces are now getting some support from D.C.'s delegate to Congress.

Schools Seek Books Program Funding After Budget Cuts

A school in Alexandria is struggling to figure out how to provide students with their own books now that funding has been eliminated for "Reading is Fundamental," a federal literacy program created in the 1960s.

After Dog's Death In Loudoun, Owner Blames Police

A dog owner is blaming the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office for the death of his pet, and the incident has many animal owners upset.

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