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Friday, May 6, 2011

Springfest Un-Officially Kicks Off Summer in Ocean City

In Maryland, tens of thousands of people are expected to flock to Ocean City this weekend as it unofficially kicks off the summer season with one of its premiere special events – Springfest.

Students Restore Baby Shad In Local Waterways

Students from several schools in the Washington Metro area gathered on the banks of the Potomac and Anacostia rivers today to restore thousands of baby shad to local waterways.

Troops Face Unique Challenges Going Back to Work

When soldiers return home after serving our country, many of them face great challenges going back to work. For some veterans, walking into a new workplace after serving in a war can be like a trek through the minefield.

U.S. Senate Mulls Rodent Eradication in MD, VA, DE

The U.S. Senate is considering expanding an effort to eradicate an invasive rodent in seven states including Maryland, Virginia and Delaware.

Midwife Pleads Guilty

A midwife from Baltimore has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the death of a baby she delivered at the home of a woman in Alexandria.

Maryland's Gary Williams Brought Passion To Terps

The University of Maryland's men's basketball coach Gary Williams is expected to give more detail this afternoon about his decision to retire.

Avg Gas Price Jumps to More than $4

Pump prices have climbed for more than 40 straight days, and in the District, the average cost for a gallon of gas is now $4.16. But many stations have fuel prices much higher than that.

Q&A With WaPo Columnist Liz Clarke On Md. Basketball Coach Retiring

The University of Maryland Men's basketball coach Gary Williams is stepping down. Williams' career spanned 33 years, including 22 years leading the Terrapins. He had a 668 total wins that included a national championship at Maryland in 2002. Washington Post sports writer Liz Clark talks to WAMU's Matt McCleskey about Williams' decision to retire.

CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing talks with WAMU’s Matt McCleskey about this week's Capitol Hill news.

Montgomery County Police Honors Fallen Officer

Montgomery County police are honoring a fallen officer who left behind a pregnant wife and son when he was killed in the line of duty.

Alexandria Renames City Jail For Slain Sheriff

The jail in Alexandria is now known as the William Truesdale Adult Detention Center, named for a slain deputy sheriff.

Maryland Basketball Coach Gary Williams Retires

Long time University of Maryland men's basketball coach Gary Williams will retire this year, according to a statement from the university released Thursday.

Photos Of Tattoos Raise Questions On Montgomery Police's Gang Policies

Teenagers with tattoos are usually eager to show off their "ink" -- but some teens in Montgomery County say they're being wrongly forced to show them off to the police.

D.C. Steps Up Mail Safety At Schools After Scare

In the District, authorities say they are taking steps to ensure the safety of all mail going in the school system after more than a dozen D.C. public schools received suspicious letters containing a white powdery substance Thursday.

Virginia Offshore Drilling Bill Passes U.S. House

The House of Representatives has passed a bill to reverse an Obama Administration decision banning offshore drilling in Virginia.