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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Researchers In Virginia Seek More Funding For Biomedical Studies

Some university researchers in Virginia are asking the state for more funding for biomedical studies. They say they are on the verge of several key developments, but their requests come at a time of budget pressure.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Nonprofits Aim To Raise Awareness About Teen HIV in D.C.

More than a hundred young people gathered at a recreation center in northeast, D.C. Saturday afternoon.

Police Arrest Protesters In Front Of White House

Police arrested twelve protesters in front of the White House Saturday afternoon.

Prince George's County Council Member Leslie Johnson Due In Court Thursday

In Maryland, Prince George's County Council member Leslie Johnson is due in court Thursday morning where she may plead guilty to corruption charges.

Judge Rules Law Banning Late Evening, Early Morning Release Of Inmates Unonstitutional

A federal judge has ruled that a D.C. law banning the release of people from the jail during the late evening and early morning hours violated former inmates' rights by keeping them in jail longer than necessary.

McDonnell Seeking To Assist Tornado Victims In Southwest Virginia

Gov. Bob McDonnell is asking the U.S. Small Business Administration to assist tornado victims in southwest Virginia.

Stosch Calling For Cost-Effective, Humanitarian Options For Geriatric Prisoners

In Virginia, a segment of the state's prison population is withering away behind bars, and State Sen. Walter Stosch is calling for cost-effective and humanitarian options for geriatric prisoners.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Victim's Family Attends Lululemon Reopening In Bethesda

A popular Bethesda yoga shop is opening its doors again, three months after police say an employee was murdered by her co-worker inside. The employee's parents and sister attended the reopening.

Pilot Project Rain Gardens Soak Up Stormwater

The D.C. Department of Environment wants the public to change the way they think about stormwater.

Dozer The Dog Runs Half Marathon, Raises Money For Cancer Center

A dog named Dozer who escaped from his owners' yard surprised them by going on to run most of the Maryland Half Marathon before returning home, dog tired.

National Aquarium Releases Seal Back Into Wild in Ocean City

A gray seal was released into the wild in Ocean City, Md. this morning, after months of rehabilitation at the National Aquarium in Baltimore.

Fairfax County To Hold Emergency Drill On Mass Medical Response

Virginia's Fairfax County will be holding a drill over the weekend to test its mass medical response in the event of any future pandemics or bioterrorism events.

CQ Roll Call: Canter Withdraws From Debt-Ceiling Talks, House Votes On U.S. Involvement With Libya, House Releases D.C. Appropriations Bill

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, discusses the latest news on Capitol Hill, including Eric Canter's withdrawal from the debt-ceiling negotiations, the House's decisions regarding U.S. involvement in Libya, and details on the D.C. Appropriations bill that came out of the House this week.

WaPo’s McCartney: Kaya Henderson, Gray’s Approval Rating, and Dulles Rail

WAMU Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey interviews Washington Post Metro columnist Robert McCartney on the confirmation of Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson, Mayor Vincent Gray’s slipping approval rating, and the fight over Metro’s Silver line.