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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

D.C. Police Officer Injured In Shooting, Suspect Dies

A D.C. police officer was injured and a suspect killed in a shooting in Southeast D.C. on Wednesday afternoon.

Person Injured In Accidental Shooting At Arlington National Cemetery

It's unclear if charges will be filed in the wake of the accidental shooting, which took place on Memorial Day.

Four Local Virginia Schools Seek Waivers From Mandatory Testing

Twenty-four schools across Virginia have requested waivers from mandatory science and social studies tests for third-graders, with the hope of spending that time teaching reading.

Beating The Odds: Channeling Pain Into A Creative Pursuit

A D.C. high school student who has lived with severe arthritis since she was 12 found freedom in creative writing—and soon she's off to college to study it.

Legislator Wants Military Officer To Be In Charge Of Arlington National Cemetery

A civilian currently oversees Arlington National Cemetery, but one Virginia Republican wants that responsibility left to a military officer.

Son Of Former Bush Aide Allegedly Killed Man In Dispute Over Drug Sales

Claude A. Allen III, 20, is charged with murder in the wake of last week's hatchet killing in Gaithersburg.

Members Of Congress Urge Snyder To Drop Redskins' Name

The legislators join a long list of elected officials and activists who have called for the team name to be changed, a move that owner Dan Snyder has repeatedly rejected.

Virginia Republicans Press For Restoration Of Voting Rights For Felons

Both Governor Bob McDonnell and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli now say that felons should be allowed to vote after paying their debt to society, though some civil libertarians say that the governor should have blanket authority to restore voting rights.

Change In Gas Tax Could See Maryland Motorists Heading To Virginia To Fill Up

For some drivers in Maryland, an upcoming change in the gas tax may be motivation enough to head into Virginia to fill up.

Investigators Hope To Determine Cause Of Baltimore County Train Derailment

A CSX train carrying two chemicals collided with a dump truck yesterday afternoon, producing a dozen-car derailment, a series of explosions and a smoke plume visible from miles away.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

14th Street Could Reopen Friday After $2 Million Of Work To Fix Sinkhole

D.C. officials say that the sinkhole may have been caused by water seeping into the roadway due to a misplaced manhole cover.

Son Of Former Bush Aide Charged With Murder After Hatchet Killing

Claude Allen III appeared before a Montgomery County court this afternoon to face a murder charge stemming from a hatchet killing last week.

National Spelling Bee Kicks Off At National Harbor

The contest will put 281 youngsters against each other over the next two days for spelling supremacy. That's S-U-P-R-E-M-A-C-Y.

Norton And Gray Urge Congress To Leave D.C. Budget Alone

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) and Mayor Vincent Gray want members of Congress to avoid attaching strings to how D.C. can spend its own money.

Thousands Of Cruise Ship Passengers Flown Back To Baltimore After Fire

The cause of the on-board fire remains unknown, though it did force Royal Caribbean International to cancel the trip and fly passengers back to Baltimore.