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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Beach Officials Lift Swimming Restrictions, Urge Caution

The threat of rip currents has Ocean City officials urging caution over Labor Day weekend, even as they eased restrictions.

Three Cases Of Whooping Cough Identified In Montgomery County Schools

Dozens of Montgomery County children were exposed to whooping cough at a summer camp, leading to at least three confirmed cases.

Ocean City Moves Forward With Partial Smoking Ban

Officials in Ocean City, Maryland, voted to restrict smoking to designated areas on its beach and boardwalk starting next summer, but the council is not ready to ban smoking entirely in the resort.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Labor Day Traffic: High Congestion And Lower Gas Prices

Close to 850,000 area residents are traveling for the last holiday weekend of the summer season, according to an estimate by AAA MidAtlantic.

Baker: Prince George's County Would Roll Out Red Carpet For New Stadium

Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker believes his county has "a leg up" in keeping the Redskins in the county.

American Bison Return To National Zoo As Reminder Of Conservation Movement

In honor of its 125th anniversary, the National Zoo is once again home to the animals that sparked the conservation movement: the American Bison.

McDonnell Trial Comes To An End As Jurors Ready For Closing Arguments

Jurors in the ongoing corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife will hear closing arguments today.

Montgomery County Officials Urge Residents To Learn CPR

Fire and rescue officials in Montgomery County are urging residents to learn CPR, and say that becoming certified in the life-saving technique takes much less time now.

Former Washingtonian Swings Into Town As Spider-Man

Moe Alafrangy's mom enrolled him in a martial arts class to help him make friends. They had no idea that long-ago decision would lead to his current gig as a superhero.

Bookend: Acclaimed Novelist Alice McDermott on the Difficulties and Delights of Writing Fiction

In this month's chat about the local literary scene, we talk with acclaimed novelist Alice McDermott.

From The Streets To The Barber Shop: One Man's Effort To Start Anew

Andre Simms has been shot, stabbed and served time in prison. Now he's trying to chart a new path — as a barber.

D.C.'s Safe Haven for Globetrotting Students

For more than 75 years, the International Student House has accommodated thousands of foreign students working and studying in Washington, D.C.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

After Near-Death Experience, Maryland Man Thanks Woman Who Saved His Life

In May while jogging, Michael Liu collapsed and went into cardiac arrest in a park in Rockville. A passerby, Heather Von Kurtz, helped save his life.

Testimony Wraps In McDonnell Trial, Closing Arguments Expected Friday

Leaving the courthouse this afternoon, the former Virginia governor said he was confident in his legal team's defense: "We've got three of the best law firms in the country that are working on this case."

Maryland Legislator Among 145 Arrested At White House Immigration Protest

Maryland State Delegate Ana Sol Gutierrez, who hails from El Salvador, was among those arrested for civil disobedience during an immigration protest at the White House this afternoon.