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Monday, February 18, 2013

'Beloved' Celebrated In Bowie State Read-A-Thon

toni morrison's 'beloved'

Tony Morrison's Nobel Prize-winning 'Beloved' is being honored at Bowie State on Monday, at the same time that a Fairfax school district hearing a proposal to restrict access to the book.

Sale Of Stolen Cell Phones Targeted By D.C. Councilman Wells

Several stores in the District have been accused of selling used cell phones — which one councilmember says offers a black market for stolen electronics.

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Feb. 18, 2013

Do unseen forces guide our world? This week you can watch gods and mortals interact in a play and see one man's attempt to capture the almighty through his camera lens.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Thousands Gathered For Climate Change Rally In D.C.

A crowd of more than 30,000 gathered in D.C. on Sunday to call on President Obama to block the Keystone XL pipeline that would bring tar sands from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.

Virginia Historical Society To Hold Presentation On Slave Name Database

The Virginia Historical Society is promoting a database with over 10,000 slave names.

Advocates Promote Responsible Lending In Virginia

A Virginia organization says that since the General Assembly passed reforms, fewer people have been trapped by high-interest loan assistance.

Holly Acres Development Wins Court Settlement Over 2011 Flood Damage

About a dozen Woodbridge families displaced from their trailers due to storm flooding are closer to rebuilding their lives, after a court settlement last week.

Maryland House To Vote On Pit Bull Bill This Week

Maryland lawmakers will vote this week on whether pit bulls should be deemed an "inherently dangerous" breed.

Alexandria Leaders Fear State Takeover Of Troubled School

Alexandria school leaders are worried about a state takeover of the city's most troubled school.

Senate Passes Violence Against Women Act

The Senate passed a bill that would extend protections to the LGBT community and immigrants.

D.C. Lottery Revenue Increases

More people in the District are hoping for a jackpot, as lottery revenue in the city is on the rise.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Accomack County Raises Reward For Info On Arsonist

The Accomack County Sheriff's office has raised the reward to $25,000 for anyone with information about a serial arsonist.

Maryland Bill Increases Penalties For Lasers Pointed At Aircrafts

The penalties in Maryland for pointing lasers at an aircraft may soon include jail time.

Police Posed With Rapper '2 Chainz' After Drug Arrest

A Grammy-nominated rapper was arrested and released for marijuana possession on Maryland's Eastern Shore, but it's what happened after he was released that has raised a few eyebrows.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Motorcycle Riders Again Challenge Maryland's Mandatory Helmet Law

Maryland lawmakers are considering a proposal to relax mandatory helmet laws, which advocates say are no guarantee of safety for riders.