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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Police Seek Man Accused Of Raping Teenager In Woodbridge

A 17-year-old was sexually assaulted when she was walking home around 11:30 p.m. this past Saturday in the area of Powell's Creek Blvd. and Patrick Henry Drive.

Video: Silver Spring Singer Survives 'Battle' On 'The Voice'

Menlik Zergabachew, an Ethiopian-American reggae singer from Silver Spring, Maryland, will have the chance to sing again on NBC's The Voice.

With New Playground, Children At D.C. General Get Chance To Be Kids Again

Today the hundreds of children living at the D.C. General homeless shelter will get a taste of childhood normalcy: a playground.

Commission Suggests Changes That Could Help Bring Down College Costs In Va.

A Virginia commission studying why the costs of a college education have soared in the state has some suggestions about bringing them down.

Montgomery County Makes It Easier To Trade-In Old Cellphones

The Montgomery County Council has passed a bill that will likely please many when they upgrade their electronic devices.

Montgomery County Students Take The Bus To School Across The Street

Many students going to Wilson Wims Elementary School in Clarksburg, Maryland, cannot easy walk to school, even when they live right across Snowden Farm Parkway.

Who Would Best Represent Minorities In Virginia's 8th District?

Virginia's 8th district is mostly white and mostly Democratic. But candidates Micah Edmond and Don Beyer are sparring over who would best represent the district's minority population.

D.C. Educators Praise Benefits Of Mandatory SAT Tests

All high school students in D.C. will take the SAT test today — part of an effort by DCPS to get more students to head to college.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

D.C. Rabbi Arrested On Voyeurism Charges, Synagogue Calls Incident 'Painful'

The leader of a Georgetown synagogue has been arrested on charges of voyeurism, police say.

Montgomery County Says It Is Preparing For Possibility Of Ebola Cases

Montgomery County lawmakers today heard about the county's readiness for possible cases of Ebola, which was ruled out in several recent cases in the region.

Parents Of Hannah Graham Renew Plea One Month After Disappearance

It's been more than a month now since the disappearance of 18-year-old University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, and her parents continue to plead for anyone with information to cooperate.

Virginians Support Jail Time For Former Gov. Bob McDonnell

A majority of Virginians say the once-popular Gov. Bob McDonnell should face prison time for his public corruption convictions.

WAMU Investigates

Explore our interactive database of campaign contributions to D.C. officials and contracts awarded.

The Cost Of The D.C. Council's Power Over Contracts

Does campaign cash have undue influence over how the D.C. Council approves city contracts? WAMU 88.5's Patrick Madden follows the money in this special investigative report.

Monday, October 13, 2014

In Debate, Maryland Gubernatorial Candidates Clash Over Healthcare, Chesapeake Bay

Democrat Anthony Brown and Republican Larry Hogan both spent much the hourlong debate on NewsChannel 8 on the attack, just as they have on the campaign trail.