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Friday, October 26, 2012

Majority Of D.C. Residents Support Traffic Cameras

As the D.C. Council debates lowering speed camera fines, a new poll finds most city residents support the program.

Former UMD Students Sentenced For Shooting Threats

A former student at the University of Maryland who threatened to shoot up the school's College Park campus faces sentencing.

D.C. Schools Enrollment Highest In A Decade

D.C. Public Schools' enrollment in both traditional and charter schools has reached the highest level in a decade, according to the District's unaudited estimates.

Leading In Polls, Maryland Same-Sex Marriage Advocates Keep At It

Proponents of Maryland's same-sex marriage law seem to have the advantage in the polls leading up to the Nov. 6 referendum on the measure, but that hasn't stopped them from working to rally support. 

Photographer Captures Ghostly 'Hollywood Of Europe' On Film

If you've seen the films Cleopatra, Lawrence of Arabia, Patton or any of Sergio Leone's spaghetti westerns, you've seen the Spanish town of Almeria. Fifty years after Almeria's filmmaking boom, D.C.-based photographer Mark Parascandola brings us images that explore Almeria's haunting identity.

The Location: Is Historic Heurich House Actually Haunted?

We visit the Heurich House, D.C.'s so-called "Brewmaster's Castle," to hear the many ghost stories swirling around the home, and find out whether these chilling tales are actually true.

Storycorps: Family Juggles Deployment, New Baby

In the final of our series from Storycorps, we meet a couple juggling the birth of a new baby with the husband's deployment to Afghanistan.

Haunted Annapolis: Ghosts Of The Capital City

We stroll through historic Annapolis with the authors of "Haunted Annapolis: Ghosts of the Capital City," and hear tales of ghosts who reportedly haunt many of the city's buildings, including the State House.

Actors Gear Up To Give A Good Scare At Markoff's Haunted Forests

We visit Markoff's Haunted Forests, one of the D.C. area's most popular haunted attractions, where each year hundreds of actors don stage blood and hide in the woods to scare as many as 6,000 visitors per night.

Man Confronts Childhood Obsession With Ghosts In New Memoir

Eric Nuzum spent much of his younger years convinced he was haunted by the ghost of a little girl. As an adult, he confronted his obsession by visiting some of the nation's most haunted places, and writes about it in his new memoir, "Giving Up The Ghost."

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Patience Is A Virtue: Metro Escalator Repairs Could Take Five Years

Metro riders from Dupont Circle waited eight months for their escalator repairs, which seemed long, but regulars at other Metro station may need to wait up to five years to see similar repairs.

Coastal Residents Getting Ready For Hurricane Sandy

Officials in Ocean City, Md. are concerned about the track being taken by Hurricane Sandy, which models suggest could hit the Delmarva Peninsula as it makes its way up from the south Atlantic.

Maryland's Gun Carry Permit Law Under Review In Court

A federal appeals court is examining Maryland's handgun laws to determine whether state residents should have to provide a "good and substantial reason" to carry a handgun before obtaining a carry permit. 

National Christmas Tree Lighting Ticket Lottery Begins

It's not even Halloween yet, but the lottery for tickets to attend the lighting of the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse in front of the White House is already underway.

Analysis: Early Voting Leads To Earlier Forecasts, More Targeted Campaigns

The growing number of people who vote before Election Day in the U.S. is changing the election — and campaign — landscape, according to researchers at George Mason Unversity's U.S. Elections Project.