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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Firework Safety: Fire Departments Urge Caution

A cantaloupe sits atop a road cone. Beneath it is an M-80, a popular addition to many Fourth of July celebrations. When the firework goes off, the cantaloupe disappears, with fragments landing in all directions, some hundreds of feet away.

New Measure Looks To Ban Smoking In Some Public Spaces In MoCo

Later this morning, council members in Montgomery County will look at extending the county's smoking ban for some public spaces.

Maryland 'DREAM Act' Opponents Build Support With Signatures

The Maryland State Board of Elections has validated more than 47,000 signatures in an effort to overturn legislation that would allow certain undocumented immigrants that graduate from Maryland high schools to pay in-state college tuition.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

D.C. Council Eyes More Ethics Reform Bills

With several ongoing scandals and outside investigations, the D.C. Council continues to look at ways it can better police itself.

D.C. Water Report Highlights Methods Used To Purify Water

The release of the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority's 2010 drinking water quality report not only details how clean the water is, but the methods the authority uses to make it that way.

Skepticism About New Cigarette Labeling at Local Tobacco Shop

The Food and Drug Administration is forcing tobacco companies to make the most significant changes in cigarette packaging in 25 years, but not everyone thinks it'll make a difference.

Md. Could Lose $2 Million Per Home Game If NFL Cancels Season

Maryland, which is home to two NFL football teams, would lose an estimated $40 million in tax revenues if the NFL's season is canceled because of a labor dispute, according to the Maryland comptroller's office.

New Virginia Laws Offer 'Second Chance' For Ex-Offenders

Virginia state officials have launched a renewed effort to help ex-offenders adjust to life “on the outside."

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Silverdocs, wooden works, a plein air showdown and plenty of theater productions.

DOT To Audit Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority

The Obama Administration will conduct an audit of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA), after the Authority's handling of the Dulles Metrorail extension has come under fire.

Officials Link Man Detained During Pentagon Scare To 2010 Shootings

Officials tell the Associated Press that evidence has linked the man who was detained near the Pentagon Friday, Yonathan Melaku, to shootings at military buildings in 2010.

Md. Becomes First State To Require Environmental Literacy

The Maryland State Board of Education has voted to require students across the state be environmentally literate before they graduate from high school.

Traffic Light Computer System Restored In Montgomery County

Traffic lights are back to normal in Montgomery County, Md., after a hectic morning commute.

Activists Look To Illuminate Lighting Issues

Some environmental activists want to shed light on the subject of energy use, and they say the District's street lamps are a good place to start.

First Dominion 'TrailMix' To Blend Environmental Cleanup, Fitness

Virginia's first lady, Maureen McDonnell, is trying to bring more attention to the 45-mile-long Washington and Old Dominion Trail. She visited Arlington County Wednesday to kick off that effort.