Local News from WAMU 88.5

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, June 27, 2013

It's almost Friday, and this weekend presents plenty of opportunities for entertainment.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Higher Maryland Gas Tax Could Help Fund Widening Of I-270

Some Maryland residents want revenue from the state's increasing gas tax to go to widening I-270 north of Germantown, but smart growth advocates aren't so sure.

Wagshal's Opens Second D.C. Location

Wagshal's, a D.C.-based supermarket that has operated since 1925, has opened its second location near American University.

Black Bear Caught In Northwest D.C.

A 100-pound black bear was caught this morning in Northwest D.C. and will be relocated to the National Zoo.

Cuccinelli Asks Supreme Court To Void Lower Court Ruling On Anti-Sodomy Law

The Virginia attorney general says that a lower court misinterpreted the scope of the commonwealth's anti-sodomy law, which he says allows him to prosecute the worst types of sex offenders.

National Cathedral To Hold Prayer Service For LGBT Families

The prayer service comes on the same day that the Supreme Court is expected to rule on two same-sex marriage cases.

Beachgoers Make Explosive Discovery On Assateague Island

Over 100 World War II-era explosives washed up on a beach on Assateague Island on Monday, causing military personnel and rangers to scramble to detonate them.

D.C. Promises That Long-Awaited Northeast Bike Trail Will Be Completed

The eight-mile Metropolitan Branch Trail from downtown D.C. to Silver Spring remains unfinished, but D.C. officials are promising progress in the coming year.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

D.C. Businessmen Indicted For Allegedly Bribing Officials For Taxicab Licenses

A father-and-son duo were indicted Tuesday for allegedly paying bribes to gain licenses to operate D.C. taxicabs.

Five Years After Court Let D.C. Residents Keep Arms, Some Want To Bear Them

Five years ago today the Supreme Court struck down D.C.'s longstanding ban on handguns, but now some residents are waging the next legal fight: being able to carry their guns outside their homes.

How is sequestration affecting you this summer?

WAMU 88.5 is continuing to cover implementation of federal budget cuts, and we're wondering what sequestration means for you.

Loudoun Supervisor Won't Face Charges For Misuse Of Office Funds

Eugene Delgaudio will not face criminal charges after a special grand jury probe into allegations that he misused his county office to raise political funds.

Case Against Maryland 'Joker' For Threatening To Shoot Workers Dismissed

The case against Neil Prescott, the Maryland man who threatened to shoot his co-workers only days after a deadly rampage in Colorado, was dismissed today.

Second Thompson Associate Pleads Guilty In Massive Straw Donation Scheme

Stanley Straughter, a Philadelphia-based contractor associated with D.C. businessman Jeffrey Thompson, admitted that he gave $130,000 in straw donations to candidates for local and federal office.

Task Force Chickens Out On Loosening Rules On Backyard Hens In Arlington

A county task force couldn't come to consensus over whether or not rules governing backyard hens should be relaxed.