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Monday, March 11, 2013

Women Walk On National Mall In Honor Of Harriet Tubman

A century after the passing of abolitionist icon Harriet Tubman, a group of women took to the National Mall to walk in support of what they believe is the issue of our time — the health crisis in the African American community.

Several Injured In Drive-By Shooting On North Capitol Street

Police are on the lookout for two vehicles suspected to be linked to a shooting in Northwest D.C. early Monday where more than a dozen people were injured.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Gem-Filled Brooch Joins Smithsonian

The Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History has a new item composed of 2,328 gems and totaling 77 carats.

Metro Holds Open House To Discuss Silver Line

Metro officials will be discussing changes in service with the new Silver Line, which is scheduled to open at the end of the year.

Virginia Governor To Consider Tax On Hybrid And Electric Cars

Under Virginia's new transportation funding plan, the wallets of energy-efficient car drivers will take a bit of a hit.

Pepco Seeking Rate High For D.C. Customers

Pepco's proposed plan would add almost $6 to the average monthly residential bill in the District.

Students Participate In Mock Trials At D.C.'s Youth Law Fair

Hundreds of high school students were at D.C. Superior Court this weekend to learn first-hand about the justice system.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Rock Creek Park Woman Confirmed Dead

Police say the woman who was found unconscious in Rock Creek Park Saturday morning is dead.

Arson Fires Reach 64 on Virginia's Eastern Shore

Accomack County police are offering a $25,000 reward for anyone with information on a series of arson fires in the area.

Maryland Reversing Stance On Medical Marijuana

Maryland Health and Mental Hygiene Sec. Joshua Sharfstein is expressing support for a measure to allow medical marijuana in the state.

Friday, March 8, 2013

D.C. Officials Investigating Ambulance Response Times

The D.C. police officer who was hurt in hit-and-run Tuesday has prompted city leaders to question the efficiency of the District's emergency services.

Maryland's Eastern Shore Drying Out After Winter Nor'easter

This week's storm drenched the Eastern Shore with heavy rains and winds that reminded some residents of Superstorm Sandy.

Group Says Cardinal Wuerl Poor Choice For New Pope

There's talk that Cardinal Donald Wuerl is in the running for next Pope, but one group is saying his lack of action around child sex abuse makes him unfit for the job.

Metro Closes Early For Daylight Savings Saturday, Sort Of

The last Metro trains will be heading out an hour earlier than normal Saturday night. Or at least it will seem that way until Daylight Savings kicks in at 2 a.m.

Washington Monument Restoration Underway

The monument's $10 million restoration project to repair the damages sustained from the 2011 earthquake have started.