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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Baltimore Journalist Still Missing In Libya

A senior Libyan official says he has no knowledge about the fate of Matthew VanDyke, a freelance journalist from Baltimore missing for more than nine weeks.

D.C. Council Votes Against Income Tax Hike

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's plan to raise the income tax on households earning $200,000 or more fell short Wednesday at the council, which passed the city's budget for the 2012 fiscal year.

Kathryn Horn Coneway: When The Artist Listens

Kathryn Horn Coneway is director of Art at the Center, an art studio for children and families she co-founded in Alexandria, Va. Witnessing a struggling student gain artistic independence, Coneway remembered to let the work to take over.

Climate Change May Be Contributing To D.C.'s Ragweed Problem

The D.C. region has got one of the highest concentrations of ragweed in the country, and climate change may be exacerbating the problem, according to a new report released Tuesday.

Officers In Wheelchair Arrest Reassigned To Admin Duties

Two Metro police officers involved in a confrontation with a man in a wheelchair last week have had their police powers suspended pending an investigation of the incident.

Police Search For Suspects In Carjacking At Largo Metro

Metro Transit Police are asking for the public's help in the search for four suspects thought to be behind an armed carjacking at Largo Town Station in Maryland Wednesday morning.

Montgomery County Breaks Ground On New Court Annex

Montgomery County needs more courtrooms, and leaders there are taking steps to alleviate the problem with a new wing on the county court building.

Clergy Says LGBT Bullying Is 'Matter Of Life And Death'

A day after hundreds of religious leaders urged Congress to pass laws protecting gays from discrimination, one local pastor explains it's a matter of life and death.

Fairfax Co. Teens Learn Lesson On Distracted Driving

May is National Youth Traffic Safety month, and on Tuesday, Fairfax County Police marked the occasion by taking teens for rides on the county's Emergency Vehicle Operations Course, to let them experience just how dangerous distracted driving can be.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Sharpe Health School Parents Fight Budget Cuts

A D.C. school that serves some of the District's most developmentally challenged students may be facing significant budget cuts in 2012, and that has some D.C. Council members concerned and some parents angry.

Blue Angels Cancel Naval Academy Displays

The Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy's famous aerobatic flying team, have announced they are canceling two scheduled air displays this week at the U.S. Naval Academy. Thousands of visiting family members and the graduates themselves are disappointed by the last-minute cancellations.

D.C. Council Chair To Unveil 2012 Budget Plan

D.C.'s plan to close its $322 million budget deficit should become a lot clearer today.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Movies on U Street, Cold Light in The Fridge, and serious speeches at Ford’s.

Parking Rate Increase Coming To Montgomery County

Montgomery County is raising parking rates and bus fares in its attempt to balance its 2012 budget. The plan is expected to be approved later this week.

In Arlington Free Clinic, Service Depends On Chance

People without health coverage in Northern Virginia gather each month at the Arlington Free Clinic for services. The demand is so high the clinic is being forced to conduct a lottery, and more and more patients are showing up each month.

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