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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Volunteers With Surfrider Foundation Transform Land Into Rain Garden

As residents wait for new projects to be built in the neighborhood near National's Park, some environmental activists are teaming up with a local developer to transform a construction site into a runoff-reducing rain garden.

After Taser Robbery, Germantown Residents Question Safety

Germantown residents are now questioning the safety of a particular bank location as authorities continue search for the thief who used Taser to rob an ATM customer there.

Hate Crimes Against Whites And Latinos Rise In D.C.

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says hate crimes targeting whites and Latinos are on the rise. This statistic comes from a report showing that hate crimes in general increased by almost 70 percent last year.

Loudoun Supervisors Not Sold On Dulles Rail Compromise

County leaders in Northern Virginia are mulling over a deal that would bring down the cost of the planned Dulles Metrorail station by $1 billion.

D.C.P.S. Resolves Part Of Special Ed Class Action Suit

D.C. Public Schools has reduced the backlog of cases involving special education students waiting to meet with hearing officers, meaning the District has been released from a part of a longstanding class action lawsuit Blackman-Jones.

D.C. Mayor Looks Into Sexual Assault In Summer Jobs Program

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is defending city hiring practices after a city employee was charged with sexually assaulting a teenager. The employee was a paroled criminal.

‘Art Beat’ With Sean Rameswaram

The Capital Fringe Festival takes Northwest Washington by storm, the National Symphony Orchestra tunes up at Wolf Trap, and Odd Birds nest at the Artists' Gallery in Columbia.

Decision On Charter Schools Today In Montgomery County

Later this morning, Board of Education members in Montgomery County could approve plans for the first charter school in the county.

Capital Fringe Festival Kicks Off Today

Today is the first day of the Capital Fringe Festival: biggest unjuried festival of self-produced theater in the region.

Maryland Police Reviewing Surveillance Videos To Identify Speed Camera Attacker

Maryland State Police say they're reviewing surveillance videos from local businesses in search of clues to a suspect who attacked a speed camera enforcement car yesterday.

D.C. Joint Arson Task Force Arrest Suspect For Setting Multiple Fires

A joint arson task force that included the D.C fire department, federal agents, and other jurisdictions has nabbed a serial arsonist whose crimes go back at least four years.

Study Names D.C. As Second "Least Obese" State In Country

Washington D.C. has been named the second "least obese" state in the country, according to the 2011 report "F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future." But experts warn that the average obesity rate in the District masks very large disparities among residents.

Bullying Top Concern for Va. Public School Students

Virginia's public school principals and superintendents say bullying has become the chief worry among their students.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Race-based hate crimes up nearly 40 percent in D.C.

D.C. Police say the total number of hate-crimes increased by nearly 70 percent last year.

Police Search For Taser-Wielding Robber

Police are searching for a suspect who used a Taser to rob a man at an outdoor ATM machine in Montgomery County.