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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Victim's Mother Testifies In Lululemon Trial

Phyllis Murray, the mother of the victim in the murder at the Lululemon store in Bethesda, Maryland, was allowed to testify on Tuesday.

Synthetic Marijuana Targeted In D.C.

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Synthetic marijuana is in the crosshairs of the D.C. government, with the D.C. council issuing a proposal to ban the substances.

Micro Loans Offered For Maryland Immigrants


Maryland immigrants pursuing naturalization will find some help with a new micro loan program announced by Casa de Maryland.

Virginia Students Best National Average In Math, Reading

While Virginia's educational report card showed low scores, students outperformed the national average and showed improvement over last year.

Found Autistic Virginia Boy Still In Hospital

Robbie Wood Jr., the young autistic boy who was found after nearly a week of searching in the woods of North Anna Battlefield Park last week, remains in the hospital in stable condition.

Maryland Lawmakers Propose Bill To Help Wounded Warriors

Sen. Ben Cardin and Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, both of Maryland, are proposing to expand a program that would help military families stay with their wounded warriors.

Obama Delivers Infrastructure Speech At Key Bridge

President Obama spoke at Georgetown Waterfront Park Wednesday to pitch the infrastructure spending aspect of his American Jobs Act.

PW County's Corey Stewart Endorses Allen For Senate

George Allen has gotten a boost in his bid for the Senate seat in Virginia with an endorsement from fellow Republican Corey Stewart of Prince William County.

Six Shootings In D.C. On Halloween

Six people, at least two of them juveniles, were shot on Halloween night in D.C. None of the shootings were fatal, but one victim is in critical condition.

Statue Dedication To Tie Up Airport Traffic

Traffic into an out of Reagan National Airport is expected to be significantly affected later this morning by a dedication ceremony for a new statue of President Ronald Reagan being installed there.  

$10M Donation For White House History Center

The White House Historical Association has received a $10 million donation for a center on White House history in downtown D.C.

Rep. Issa Backs Off D.C. Hiring Bill

A key member is backing off a bill he introduced earlier this week that would have required criminal background checks for D.C. government appointees. After the rash of hiring scandals in the D.C. government, Rep. Darrell Issa introduced the bill Oct. 31. 

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Nov. 1

The arrival and impact of AIDS, an Arthur Miller classic and St. Vincent at 9:30.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Nov. 2


Ancient Greeks meet graffiti art, an abstract painter gives a concrete lecture and an orchestra tackles two greats.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Synthetic Marijuana Sellers Skirt Virginia Law

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A new Virginia law isn't having the intended effect, as producers of synthetic marijuana utilize new chemical compounds to dodge restrictions.