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Thursday, April 28, 2011

‘Briefcase Brigades’ Look To Lawmakers For Answers

Ian Maggard is a 24-year-old college student looking for answers. And he says he represents an entire generation of Americans under 30 questioning the growing unemployment rate among their peers that now tops 14 percent and looming budget cuts that might result in reducing federal grants for college students.

D.C. Police To Crack Down On Littering

Police in the District will soon begin cracking down on litter-bugs. Fines begin at $75.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

A motley crew, Korean cinema, District dance, and the electric years of Mr. Miles Davis.

Residents At Juvenile Detention Center Learn Russian Literature

The Russian novelist Mikhail Lermontov published his book, "A Hero of our Time," more than 160 years ago. But that doesn’t mean that it can’t still resonate with readers today.

Former DCPS Teacher Faces More Allegations Of Inappropriate Sexual Relationships

Four more women allege former D.C. Public Schools teacher Robert Weismiller had inappropriate sexual relationships with them when they were students in Prince George's County, Md., and Prince William County, Va., in the 1970s and '80s.

D.C. Police Chief Says Man Shot By Police Had BB Gun

The 18-year-old man shot and killed by police in the District Tuesday was carrying a BB gun, not an actual firearm, says D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier.

Local Places To Celebrate The Royal Wedding

If your invitation to the Royal Wedding was lost in the mail fear not, there are ways to celebrate here in the Washingon metro area.

Funeral Service For Former Maryland Governor Schaefer

In Maryland, three days of ceremonies for former governor William Donald Schaefer concluded with a funeral service in Baltimore, the city where he served four colorful terms as mayor.

Northern Va. Residents Wake Up To Minor Storm Damage

In Virginia, five people are dead after a line of powerful storms swept across the state late Wednesday night and Thursday morning. Several thousand people still remain without power, and the governor has declared a state of emergency.

Drug Take-Back Day This Saturday In Montgomery County

For residents of Montgomery County, this weekend is the time to clean out that medicine cabinet. The county's police department is holding a prescription drug take-back day Saturday at several police stations.

Virginia Governor Declares State Of Emergency

UPDATE: Officials have reduced the number of storm deaths in Virginia to five, rather than eight. Four of the five deaths were in Washington County.

Healthy Schools: D.C. Tries To Teach Students Good Habits

Four out of every 10 D.C. public school students are overweight or obese. The D.C. City Council passed the Healthy Schools Act as a way to tackle the problem.

Latest D.C. News

WASHINGTON (AP) A judge says the District of Columbia police department doesn't have to search a Virginia landfill for a woman who's been missing since August and is presumed dead. Prosecutors argued the search would be dangerous, expensive and had a minimal chance of success.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Cuccinelli To Make Announcement about Virginia Tech Fines

Virginia Tech has until Friday to appeal a fine levied by the U.S. Department of Education, which found the university violated a campus safety law on the day of the mass shootings there four years ago.

At-large Race: Vincent Orange Returns To D.C. Council

A familiar face is returning to the D.C. Council. Vincent Orange, a former Ward 5 council member, edged out eight other candidates in yesterday's special election for an at-large D.C. Council seat, according to the election counts from Tuesday night.

The D.C. elections board now has ten days to count absentee and provisional ballots and certify the results.

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