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Friday, December 9, 2011

Leslie Johnson Sentenced To One Year In Prison

Leslie Johnson, wife of former Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson, has been sentenced to one year and one day in prison for her role in his federal corruption scandal. 

Slain Va. Tech Officer Was Army Vet, Father Of Five

The Virginia Tech police officer killed in a deadly shooting Dec. 8 was an army veteran and married father of five children and stepchildren.

Playing To Win: The D.C. Sled Sharks

A different kind of ice hockey team is giving kids with physical disabilities the chance to go for the goal.

Door To Door: Deanwood, D.C. And Columbia Pike, Va.

It's our weekly trip around the region. This week, we visit Deanwood in Northeast D.C. and Columbia Pike in northern Virginia.

D.C. Gigs: Pedaling Around Town With A Bike Messenger

In this month's D.C. Gigs, a bike messenger talks about the decline of her profession, and how instant communication has become a friend and a foe.

Coping With Claustrophobia During Holiday Travel

For people with claustrophobia or a fear of flying, holiday travel can be a daunting proposition.

Changing Your Tune To Adapt To The Urban Jungle

Scientists say urban birds are changing their tune to hear one other above the din of urban life.

Gauging The Health Of The District's Schools

The District's public schools are still facing a major achievement gap between black and white students, according to a study released this week.

A Medical Role-Reversal: Patients As Teachers

At The George Washington University, everyday people become the teachers in a program designed to help aspiring doctors see the world from the patient's point of view.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Maryland Teacher Charged with Sexually Abusing Students

A teacher at Glen Burnie High School in Anne Arundel, Maryland has been charged for the sexual abuse of three students.

D.C. Voting Rights Object Of Hunger Strike

Three Occupy DC protesters have promised to drink only water until Congress grants D.C. legislative and budget autonomy.

D.C. Debuts Green Alleyway Project

Stormwater runoff can deposit all sorts of nasty wastes into groundwater, which has spurred a project in D.C. to put pervious concrete in several D.C. alleys to curb the problem.

Influx of Elderly Drivers Expected As Boomers Age

AAA predicts a glut of elderly drivers this year.

AAA Mid-Atlantic is warning against what they call the influx of the "Silver Tsunami" on the roads as the first wave of baby boomers turn 65.

Police Officer, Another Victim Dead In Virginia Tech Shooting

Reports are indicating that the second shooting victim found in a parking lot at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Va. is the man who shot and killed a campus police officer Thursday afternoon.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Friends: Virginia Tech Gunman Never Hinted At Violence

Authorities have identified the shooter in the killing of a Virginia Tech police officer Thursday as Ross Ashley, 22, of Partlow, Va. But friends and former classmates say Ashley never hinted at any plans for violence.

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