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Friday, October 3, 2014

UMD Researchers Seek to Understand Bee Deaths By Building 'Sentinel Hives'

Researchers at the University of Maryland are trying to determine what keeps some bee populations healthy, and what has caused the mysterious decimation of others.

The Lasting Legacy Of Woodrow Wilson, D.C.'s Hometown President

Woodrow Wilson may be overshadowed by other presidents of the past century -- but his influence can still be felt in U.S. foreign policy.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Low-Income Renters In Columbia Heights Fight Plan To Double Rents

A group of residents in a rent-controlled building in Columbia Heights are fighting a plan they say would double their rents — and likely force them to move.

UVA Abduction Suspect Jesse Matthew Faced Previous Sexual Assault Allegations

Jesse Matthew, the man accused of abducting University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, was twice accused of sexual assault when in college, according to police.

Nationals Get NLDS Opponent: The San Francisco Giants

After a Wild Card playoff on Wednesday, the Nationals finally have an opponent: setting the stage for playoff time in Washington D.C.

New Rhode Island Avenue Pedestrian Bridge In Place, To Open Next Year

A pedestrian bridge that will improve access to the Rhode Island Avenue Metro station began this week, promising a major boost in convenience for rail riders.

Kaya Henderson Reiterates Support For DCPS Boundary Changes

D.C. schools chancellor Kaya Henderson says the controversial proposals to change school boundaries and feeder patterns would give the system stability.

Cab Driver Who Shot Alexandria Cop Found Not Guilty By Reason Of Insanity

Prosecutors quizzed customers of Kashif Bashir — the cab driver who shot Alexandria police officer Peter Laboy — none of whom say signs of his apparent insanity.

What Would You Ask The D.C. Mayoral Candidates?

In advance of tonight's debate, WAMU 88.5 asked voters for the big questions they want answered by D.C.'s mayoral candidates.

After Pierson Resignation, Attention Turns To Reforming Secret Service

Virginia Congressman Gerry Connolly says the "drip, drip, drip of new leaks became insurmountable" for the outgoing Secret Service director.

When Is The Best Time To See The Leaves Change Color In The Shenandoah?

For those looking to see those beautiful fall colors in Virginia, peak foliage is likely coming in the next two or three weeks, depending on weather conditions.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

19-Year-Old Sought In Murder At Bowie Swim Club

Prince George's County police are charging Deon Eugene Warren of Upper Marlboro with first degree murder.

Legitimizing 'Ridesharing' Would Shortchange Cabs, Says Jim Graham

A new proposal to legalize popular "ridesharing" services such as Uber and Lyft in D.C. would create an unfair system where regular taxicabs can't compete, critics say.

Fine-Tuning The Language Of Virginia's Child Pornography Laws

Virginia's Crime Commission has been working on fine-tuning the state's child pornography laws, but small changes to the language of the law could have tremendous consequences for the ability to prosecute.

Swimmer Michael Phelps Apologizes After DUI Arrest In Maryland

Olympic gold medalist and Baltimore native Michael Phelps is apologizing after police caught him driving intoxicated nearly 40 miles per hour over the speed limit.