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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Md. Legislature Will Tackle Redistricting In October

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley is expected to call a special legislative session the week of October 17, according to the Associated Press. But some of the policy issues the General Assembly will consider this fall are still to be determined.

P.G. County Council Cuts Off Leslie Johnson

Prince George's County Council member Leslie Johnson says she'll resign her position at the end of this month, but that isn't enough for her fellow council members. The council is calling on Johnson to step down immediately.

‘Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Steely art, almost normal theater and another slice of Greek cinema.

Washington Blade Archiving Decades Of Gay Rights History In Photos

The Washington Blade has been documenting the gay community in the D.C. area for 42 years. It's one of the nation's oldest gay newspapers, and now it's trying to preserve thousands of historic photographs.

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.

Alexandra Russell: Learning Humility, Compassion In Karate Class

Alexandra Russell is a writer and editor in Washington, D.C. that took a martial arts class to spend time with her son, and ended up learning something about herself.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Police Open Cold Case after DNA Links Rapes

Investigators say DNA connects the 1998 killing of a woman in Georgetown to a series of sexual assaults in Montgomery County during the same time period.

Kastles Stadium Opens With Venus Williams

The new Kastles Stadium built on the bank of the Potomac River, at the Southwest Waterfront, will host seven games this summer starting tonight with Venus Williams as the headliner.

'Nighttime Mayor' Of Ocean City Lives His Dream Life

If you look at the sun visor covering Mike Beatty's shaggy hair, the Hawaiian shirt on his back, or the tattered Vans on his feet, "mayor" might not be the first word that comes to mind.

Leslie Johnson Resigns, Council Removes Her Staff, Resources

Leslie Johnson has resigned from the Prince George's County Council, five days after she pleaded guilty to destroying evidence in a federal corruption probe.

Dalai Lama Arrives In D.C. Today

The Verizon Center in downtown D.C. is gearing up for the huge influx of people expected there for the Dalai Lama's appearance this week.

Maryland Senators Would Compromise On Write-offs In Debt Ceiling Talks

In the hopes of raising the nation's debt ceiling, Maryland senators say they're willing to consider getting rid of tax write-offs which help the state's economy.

On Fourth Of July, D.C. Mayor Calls for City's 'Independence'

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray used the festivities at yesterday's Palisades Parade in Northwest D.C. to call attention to the District's fight for "full independence."

July 4th Festivities Hint At Coming Civil War Celebration In Manassas

Residents in the city of Manassas in Northern Virginia say last weekend's July Fourth holiday had a special buzz to it, mainly because of the city's coming commemoration of the start of the Civil War later this month.

D.C. Council To Scrutinize Hate Crime Reporting

The District's ability to track and respond to hate crimes comes under a microscope this week.

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