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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

On Anniversary Of Red Line Crash, Metro Remembers Victims

On a day that marked the second anniversary of the Red Line train crash near the Fort Totten Metro station, emotions ran high among victims' families as they called for the city to dedicate a park to the nine people that died.

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.

Families Of Metro Crash Victims Share Raw Emotions

Two years ago, a packed rush-hour Metro train traveling at nearly full-speed crashed into another train near the Fort Totten station. It was the deadliest accident in Metro's history. Families shared grief, and anger, at a memorial service Wednesday.

Frederick County Examines Third-Grade Social Studies Textbook

The Frederick County School Board in Maryland is reviewing a third-grade social studies textbook, which some parents say is promoting a liberal agenda.