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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Beating The Odds: A Teen Mom Who Refused To Be A Statistic

A stranger on the Metro told Tanazia Matthews that, as another teen mother, she was destined to be a statistic. She explains how, through regimenting her time, she is able to both raise her son and make it through to college.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Wallops Rocket Launch Disappoints

NASA says a suborbital rocket launched this morning from its Wallops Island facility on Virginia's Eastern shore splashed into the ocean just 19 seconds after liftoff.

Maryland Police Prepare For A Weekend Of Drunk Drivers

Police in Maryland are gearing up for a busy holiday weekend of getting drunk drivers off the road.

WAMU's Bluegrass Country Turns 47: A Conversation With Katy Daley

Forty-seven years ago today, bluegrass music was first heard on the airwaves of WAMU. It's since grown into 24-hour programming heard across the region on WAMU's Bluegrass Country. Matt McCleskey spoke with long-time Bluegrass host, Katy Daley, on this 47th anniversary.

Anthrax Letters Go On Display At National Postal Museum

One of the letters from the 2001 anthrax attacks is on display for the first time at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.

Former Prince George's County Executive Wayne Curry Dies

Curry, who was 63 and battling lung cancer, was the first African American to serve as Prince George's County Executive.

Fewer D.C. Residents Affected By HIV/AIDS, Though Epidemic Remains

A new report finds that while the number of D.C. residents affected by HIV/AIDS continues to decline, it remains an epidemic that disproportionately affects African Americans.

Father Mourns Daughter's Death In Fatal Crash At Silver Spring Middle School

A father speaks about the death of his 13-year-old daughter, who was killed in a crash at Eastern Middle School in Silver Spring on Tuesday night.

New Laws In Virginia Target Celebratory Gunfire, Revenge Porn And Ethics

Several new laws are taking effect in Virginia this week, including one banning celebratory gunfire and another punishing revenge porn.

Traffic A Big Concern With White Oak Development Plan

Development in the eastern part of Montgomery County would be good for the area, according to county officials, but potential changes to congestion standards have drawn the ire of residents in the area.

Dedicated Bus Lane From Crystal City To Potomac Yard To Open Next Month

The D.C. area will see it's first dedicated bus lane next month in "Metroway" — a line running from Crystal City through Braddock Road in Northern Virginia.

Beating The Odds: Coping With An Incarcerated Parent

On top of the challenges of being a first generation immigrant, Blossom Ojukwu struggled to cope with the incarceration of her father. Despite her obstacles, she graduated high school with a 3.9 and is pursuing a career in the arts.

Friday, July 4, 2014

On Independence Day, Celebrate Your Patriotism At These Parades

Today is Independence Day, and along with barbecues and fireworks, there's little more patriotic than parades. Here are some of your favorite local parades.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Bottle-Bomb Suspects Charged, Held Without Bond

A suspect accused of setting off bottle bombs at area movie theaters has been formally indicted in Maryland, and identical charges have been filed against an alleged co-conspirator.

Parties Scramble To Find Candidates To Replace Arlington Delegate

Voters in Arlington and McLean will be heading to the polls next month in a special election to replace longtime Delegate Bob Brink, and the parties will be working overtime this weekend to name candidates.