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Friday, August 19, 2011

Two Rallies In Northern Va., Two Very Different Points Of View

As worries mount over the nation's financial crisis once again, there's no shortage of opinions in the D.C. area about how the government can help fix things. Two groups with starkly opposing points of view rallied at different sites in Virginia yesterday carrying two vastly different messages.

Changes To Deportation Process Could Delay Deportation For Young Immigrants

A request from 21 senators, including Maryland's Barbara Mikulski, has brought changes in how undocumented immigrants are deported.

7-11 Robbery Flash Mob Renews Calls For Montgomery Co. Youth Curfew

Last week's flash mob robbery of a Germantown 7-11 has renewed calls for a teen curfew in Montgomery County. The council is expected to decide the matter in September and the flash mob attack is making the decision tougher.

Low Turnout Expected In Virginia Primaries

In Virginia, voters will be heading to the polls on Tuesday for primary elections, but turnout is expected to be low.

Students Gear Up For First Day At Renovated Wilson High School

Woodrow Wilson High School will begin the academic year with an almost 400,000 square foot building which has been completed modernized.

9/11 Ride Makes Its Way Through Northern Virginia

The motorcycle tribute to 9/11 victims is making its way through Northern Virginia.

Virginia Reports $545M Surplus For FY 2011

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) says the commonwealth ended the last fiscal year with a surplus of nearly $545 million -- a bigger surplus than previously expected.

Georgetown Basketball Team And Chinese Team Attempt To Reconcile After Brawl

A day after getting into a brawl that ended an exhibition game in Beijing, the Georgetown men's basketball team and a Chinese team attempted to bury the hatchet.

UVA Researcher Looks At Banks' Effects On Neighborhoods

It might seem obvious that banks are attracted to wealthy areas, but it turns out, they may also help make communities safer and more prosperous. To learn more about that relationship, a researcher at the University of Virginia has been studying what happens when banks leave poor areas, and why credit unions and banks can pay big neighborhood dividends.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Montgomery County Police Identify Suspects In 7-Eleven Flash Mob Robbery

A flash mob attack on a 7- Eleven in Germantown, Md. this past Saturday has kept Montgomery County police detectives very busy, but authorities say the effort has paid off.

Woodrow Wilson High School Reopens After $115 Million Renovation

Woodrow Wilson High School in northwest D.C. celebrated their $115 million renovation with a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday.

Giordano Tries To Collect Insurance As Gardner Search Continues

Maryland tourist Gary Giordano tried to redeem a $1.5 million insurance policy on his missing travel companion Robyn Gardner shortly after she disappeared.

Baltimore Ballot Has Wrong Date

Baltimore has mailed sample ballots with the wrong date for next month's primary election, reports AP.

Local Workers Head To Vigial Outside Verizon CEO's Home

Striking Verizon workers from Virginia to Massachusetts plan to hold a candle light vigil outside of CEO Lowell McAdam's home in Mendham, N.J. today, according to Associated Press.

D.C. Announces 9/11 Plans

The District is laying out its plans to observe the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

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