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Friday, July 4, 2014

Prince George's County Looking For Evacuees For Emergency Response Exercise

Authorities in Prince George's County need volunteers to be evacuees. Not real ones — just for pretend.

D.C. Finds Money To Build Playground At D.C. General Homeless Shelter

The more than 500 homeless children living at the D.C. General shelter will have a place to play outdoors later this year.

'Black Widow' Falls Short In Hot-Dog Eating Contest

Three-time defending champion Sonya Thomas — who hails from Alexandria, Virginia — lost her hot dog eating title Friday to Miki Sudo in the women's division of the annual Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island.

Injured Veterans Arrive In D.C. After 800-Mile Bike Ride

A group of injured veterans from Canada and the U.S. rolled into D.C. today just in time for Independence Day, and at the end of an almost 800-mile bike ride from Ottawa to D.C.

If You Celebrate A Little Too Much Today, SoberRide Program Can Get You Home

The Washington Regional Alcohol Program says you do not have to drink and drive tonight because it will arrange a ride home for you.

Bowser Lands Key Endorsement: Former D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams

D.C. mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser will have a new supporter marching alongside her at today's Palisades Parade in Northwest D.C.: Former Mayor Anthony Williams.

Alexandria Sheriff's Office Increases Security At Jail Holding Libyan Militant

The sheriff's office in Alexandria, Virginia, says it has increased jail security with the arrival of a Libyan militant charged in the 2012 Benghazi attacks.

Metro Running On Saturday Schedule For Independence Day

Metro is running on a Saturday schedule for the Fourth of July holiday, but will add trains in the afternoon and evening to help accommodate crowds going to see the fireworks.

At Independence Day Parades, Expect Floats, Flags — And Politicians

If you make it out to a parade today expect to see the region’s lawmakers asking for your vote.

Three Plead Guilty To D.C. Drive-By Shooting That Injured 13

Three men have pleaded guilty for their roles in a drive-by shooting that left 13 people injured in Northwest Washington in March 2013.

Beating The Odds: Fighting The Stigma Of Schizophrenia

Dreonna Richardson's grandmother was taunted in their neighborhood because of her schizophrenia. Dreonna used it as an opportunity to educate other kids about mental illness.

Taking a Chance on New Theater in West Virginia's Oldest City

For 24 years now, the Contemporary American Theater Festival has built a name for itself by taking risks and nurturing America's newest plays.

Controversial Takes On The Stars And Stripes Explored In New Exhibit

Plenty of artists and musicians have re-interpreted and re-imagined the American flag and our national anthem — though not without controversy.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Washington Humane Society Wants Lights And Sirens For Its Vehicles

The D.C. Council is considering a bill that would allow the Washington Humane Society to use emergency lights and sirens on their vehicles.

Virginia Libertarians File Suit Over Ballot Access Rules

The Libertarian Party and nine former Virginia candidates have filed a lawsuit challenging state laws that they claim give Democrats and Republicans an unfair advantage in elections.