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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Scooter Crashes Skyrocket in Ocean City This Summer

In Ocean City, Md., police officials say there is a growing safety concern for tourists as accidents involving rental scooters soar this summer.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Loudoun County Fair Ends On A Hot Note

Carnival rides start early today at the Loudoun County Fair in Virginia, but crowds will have to brave high temperatures yet again.

Virginia Elects First African-American Woman To State Supreme Court

For the first time, Virginia's General Assembly has elected a black woman to the state's Supreme Court.

Montgomery County To Target Drunk Drivers With Sobriety Checkpoints

Police in Montgomery County will set up a special checkpoint tonight to search for drunk drivers.

Opponents Of Montgomery County Teen Curfew Signed In Silver Spring

Opponents to a teen curfew in Montgomery County gathered support and signatures in downtown Silver Spring Friday night.

Virginia Lawmakers Can’t Agree On Congressional Districting Plan

Virginia lawmakers are deadlocked on a Congressional redistricting plan. Senators want to add a second majority black district, but House members say the Senate plan would violate federal voting laws.

Volunteers In Virginia Participate In Annual Dolphin Count

Volunteers along Virginia's coast will be gazing out to sea for the annual dolphin count sponsored by the Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Team.

DEW Tour Athlete Remains Hospitalized After Big Crash in Ocean City

In Maryland, Ocean City drew the biggest crowds in the history of the DEW Tour last weekend, with around 73,000 packed the three beachfront stadiums. But, one DEW Tour athlete stayed behind.

Friday, July 29, 2011

CQ Roll Call: Debt Limit Stalemate And Its Effect On Boehner

Congress watchers got a surprise last night when House Speaker John Boehner cancelled a scheduled vote on his bill to increase the debt limit and reduce the deficit. CQ Roll Call Editor David Hawkings talked with WAMU Morning Edition Host Matt McCleskey about what's next in the negotiations.

Overnight Work To Cause Noise At Reagan National

Work is beginning tonight at Reagan National Airport to upgrade the main runway's approach light system.

Cyclists Cross Anacostia Bridge To Prove It's Unsafe

Many cyclists and pedestrians in the District say the Frederick Douglass Bridge over the Anacostia River is unsafe to cross, and yesterday, some of them set out to prove it.

Security Problem At Md. Nuke Plan May Bring More Government Monitors

Inspectors with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission say they found security problems at the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant. The problems have been corrected but those discrepancies will likely trigger closer supervision of the plant.

Ministers Arrested In Capitol For Protesting Debt Deal

There was plenty of drama behind closed doors in the Capitol last night as Congressional leaders attempted to hammer out a debt ceiling agreement, but the building's rotunda saw some action as well as faith leaders were arrested in a protest that involved singing and praying.

Awaiting Federal Funds, BRAC Road Upgrades In Bethesda Continue With State Money

The agency doesn't have the money to pay for it yet, but the Maryland State Highway Administration is starting projects that will upgrade intersections around the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda.

Federal Contractors Watching Debt Ceiling Talks Closely

The President of the Greater Washington Board of Trade says a federal government default on the country's debt could be ten times worse for the D.C. area than a government shutdown.

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