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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Entertainers Set To Headline D.C. July 4th Celebration

This year's Fourth of July celebration on the National Mall will include appearances by actor Matthew Broderick, country singer Josh Turner and composer John Williams.

Former Technician, Officer Plead Guilty To Metro Theft

A former revenue technician and former police officer have pleaded guilty to stealing about half a million dollars from Metro stations.

DCPS Receives Thousands In Grant Money

Some D.C. Public Schools will receive $10,000 to $500,000 in grant money to spend during the next academic year, while others will see their programs end.

Thousands Hit D.C. Streets For Pancreatic Cancer Awareness

Thousands of people participated in the District's Purple Stride on Saturday.

Eyeing Dulles Toll Road For Silver Line Funding

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors weighs options to pay for the county's $270 million commitment to Phase 2 of the Silver Line Metro rail project to Dulles Airport.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Virginia Seeks Funding For Monument Honoring Women

A new monument at the Virginia State Capitol will pay tribute to women's contributions to the state.

National Slavery Museum Faces Challenges

Several creditors are making demands on former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder's National Slavery Museum.

National Zoo Welcomes Two Fishing Cats

The National Zoo is celebrating the birth of two fishing cats, which are classified as an endangered species.

MGM Announces Plans For Casino In Prince George's County

An advisory group is still considering whether Maryland lawmakers should hold a special session to discuss the outcome of MGM's plans to build a casino in Prince George's County.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Silver Line Opponents Blame The Feds

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors weighs options to pay for the county's $270 million commitment to Phase 2 of the Silver Line Metro rail project to Dulles Airport.

Cheh Approves Council's Decision To Select Mendelson

Councilmember Mary Cheh says Phil Mendelson will be able to move the council forward during his time as interim council chairman.

Weekend Metro Work On Blue, Red Lines

Metro weekend repair on the  Red and Blue Lines will also affect Orange and Yellow Lines

U.S. To Stop Deporting Young Law-Abiding Immigrants

The Obama Administration will grant law-abiding young immigrants work-permits instead of deportation. 

DNA Links Potomac River Rapist To 1996 Rape In Northwest

Evidence has emerged linking the 1996 rape on the 4900 block of MacArthur Blvd. to the man dubbed as the Potomac River Rapist.

Analysis: Congress Debates D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, gives an analysis on how the D.C. vouchers program is being played on Capitol Hill this time around.

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