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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Hacker Adrian Lamo Gives Evidence In Trial Of Bradley Manning

Adrian Lamo, the computer hacker who turned in Army Pfc. Bradley Manning for releasing government documents to Wikileaks, testified in Fort Meade, Md., on Tuesday.

Harford County's David Craig Introducing Himself To Maryland Republicans

Republican David Craig is kicking off his campaign for the office of Maryland governor this week with a motor coach campaign that stopped in Montgomery County Tuesday.

D.C., Maryland Top The Nation In Rates Of Arrest For Marijuana Possession

Both D.C. and Maryland are among the states with the highest rates of arrest for marijuana possession in the country, even as lawmakers have talked about eliminating penalties.

Rocket Launch From Wallops Visible In D.C. Tonight

A suborbital rocket being launched from Wallops Island in Virginia should be visible to those in the D.C. region around 11 p.m. Tuesday night.

Council Member Catania Proposes Sweeping Overhaul For DCPS

D.C. Public Schools could see their largest reforms in several years if new legislation proposed by Council member David Catania is passed as written.

D.C. Legislator Proposes Exempting Certain Senior Citizens From Property Taxes

Under the bill, long-term residents over the age of 75 and making less than $60,000 a year could be exempted from property taxes.

Metro To Hold Auditions For Station Performers

Got a great voice? Or maybe nimble feet and great rhythm? Then you could be chosen to perform at Metro station entrances this summer.

Local Army Captain Claims Racial Harassment At Hands Of Fellow Soldiers

An African American Army captain reported a racial incident to his superiors—but it only led to more harassment.

Alleged Cell Phone Thief Caught After Victim's Phone Rings In Pocket

Police in Ocean City arrested a Washington man after a phone he stole rang in his pocket, giving him away to police.

Taxicab Driver Killed In Adams Morgan, Two Arrested

Two suspects allegedly killed a taxicab driver and exchanged gunfire with police early Tuesday morning in Adams Morgan.

D.C. Council To Vote On Bill Establishing Health Exchange

The city's legislators will vote on a bill that would establish a health insurance exchange as mandated by the federal health care overhaul by 2015.

Virginia Officials Again Face Skeptical Reaction To Bi-County Parkway

Hundreds of residents packed an auditorium in Manassas on Monday night to express their concerns with a proposed north-south roadway connecting Prince William and Loudoun counties.

Maryland Moves To Cut 60% Of Bus Service Along Intercounty Connector

Maryland officials say that not enough people ride the buses traveling along the ICC, but critics of the proposed service cuts say that the state is pulling a bait-and-switch.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Niger Delta Pollution: Fishermen At Risk Amidst The Oil

Fishermen in a Nigerian community are facing environmental pressures stemming from the region's production of crude oil.

Two Northern Virginians Face Off For Democratic Attorney General Nod

Democrats in Virginia will get to choose between two attorney general candidates in a primary next week — both from Northern Virginia.