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Monday, April 30, 2012

Prosecutor Recommends Nearly 4 Years In Jail For Harry Thomas Jr.

The prosecution in the Harry Thomas Jr. case is seeking a nearly four-year sentence for the disgraced former D.C. Council member, who in  January pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $350,000 in city funds.

Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, April 30

Las Meninas, reunited wordsmiths, and a lifetime of art.

Capital Bikeshare Expands To Ballston

Ballston is getting a Capital Bikeshare station with 19 docks on Monday.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

At Least Seven Dead In Bronx Zoo Crash

At least seven people are dead, including three children, after a van fell more than 50 feet over a guardrail in New York City.

NPS Collections Available To Researchers

Researchers will have access to the National Park Service's natural history collections for the first time ever.

Suspected Petworth Attacker Held Without Bond

A judge has ordered Michael Davis, the 19-year-old suspect connected to the attacks in Petworth, to remain behind bars without bail.

Longer School Days Set For Prince George's Co. Middle Schools

The school day for Prince George's County's middle school students will be extended beginning in August.

Virginia Begins Food Drive On Memorial Day

Virginia's statewide food drive will run from Memorial Day to July 4.

Study: Renewable Energy Increases Virginia Employment

Environmental advocates say renewable energy would significantly increase employment in Virginia.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

House Bill Passes For Federal Workers To Add More To Pensions

This week a House committee passed legislation to force federal workers to contribute more into their pensions.

Library Of Virginia Preserves Jefferson's Work

Through a grant from the National Park Service, the Library of Virginia is working to preserve the executive records from Thomas Jefferson's service as governor.

VCU Holds Commencement For LGBT Students

Virginia Commonwealth University held a separate graduation celebration for students who are gay, lesbian, transgender, or bisexual.

Heightened Security Expected At Eastern Shore Festival

A normally staid and beloved Eastern Shore town festival is ramping up its security in light of a growing police controversy involving college students at Salisbury University.

Friday, April 27, 2012

D.C. CFO Gandhi Makes His Acting Debut

D.C. Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi makes his acting debut on Saturday, taking to the stage to depict the legendary Mahatma Gandhi, no relation, in a production called "A Tryst With Destiny."

Montgomery County Combating Increased Drug Use

As part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, residents with unused prescription drugs are being urged to turn them in to the police.

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