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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

NTSB: Cause Of Ellicott City Derailment Unclear

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the derailment of an 80-car train in Ellicott City, but haven't yet identified a cause.

Maryland Flags At Half Staff To Honor Fallen Officer

Flags were at half staff Tuesday in honor of the Prince George's County police officer who was killed in a chase on I-95. Police have arrested one of the occupants of the car he was pursuing.

Former Redskins RB Clinton Portis To Announce Retirement

Former Redskins running back Clinton Portis will formerly announce his retirement Thursday, after an injury functionally ended his career in 2010.

Virginia Researchers Explore Link Between Brain Injury And Crime

A recurrence of of anger, frustration and violence often leading to criminal behavior has been linked to those who suffer from traumatic brain injury — something all too common for active-duty service members.

Local Service Members Among Recent Deaths In Afghanistan

Service members from Virginia and Maryland are among the recent war dead, one in the fatal helicopter crash in Afghanistan last week and another a victim of a 'green on blue' attack.

Virginia To Consider Restoration Of Parental Rights

Virginia lawmakers want to explore the possibility of allowing parents or guardians to restore their parental rights after they have been terminated — provided they can prove they can actually care for their child. 

Victims Identified In CSX Train Derailment

A coal train derailment in Ellicott City, Md. early this morning has resulted in the deaths of two 19-year-old college students who were in the area at the time of the crash.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Language Approved For Seven Maryland Ballot Questions

The official language has been settled for seven issues on the Maryland ballot this November, including three constitutional amendments, three referendum petitions and a referendum on the expansion of gambling.

Virginia, Maryland Well Represented In Convention Speakers

Plans for the Democratic and Republican National Conventions in the next month are slowly coming out, and already it appears as though both Virginia and Maryland will have familiar faces amongst the prominent speakers.

Honest Tea Co-Founder Speaks On NYC Drink Ban

Bethesda-based beverage company Honest Tea is taking issue with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's plan to ban sugary beverages larger than 16 oz, noting that the change in one major market can have major repercussions.

Outcome For Alexandria's Waterfront Plan Uncertain

Supporters and opponents of the Alexandria waterfront plan are still battling out a resolution. Voters may have the ultimate say, however, in who they elect in council elections this November.

One Prince George's Officer Dead, Another Injured In I-95 Crash

A multiple-vehicle collission on southbound I-95 Monday afternoon has left on Prince George's County police officer dead and another injured.

Friday, August 24, 2012

D.C. Gigs: The Bonsai Curator

In this edition of D.C. Gigs, we meet the man tasked with caring for the extensive bonsai tree collection at the National Arboretum.

Artist Creates Elaborate Sand Sculptures In Ocean City

Artist Randy Hofman has been carving elaborate sculptures into the sand near the Ocean City, Md. boardwalk for more than 30 years.

Volunteers Work to Save D.C.'S Oldest Monuments

Washington's oldest monuments, its Boundary Stones, have nearly been forgotten. But a group of engineers, preservationists and history buffs is working to change that.