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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

One Final Warning For Occupy Campers

Under pressure from a Congressional oversight committee, the head of the National Park Service said they will soon begin enforcing the ban on camping in McPherson Square by booting Occupy protesters.

Controversial Speaker Will Appear In Ocean City Despite Protests

The Mayor's Prayer Breakfast in Ocean City, Md. will play host to U.S. Army Lieutenant General William Jerry Boykin, over objections from groups who accuse the retired officer of making hateful comments about Islam.

Council Approves CCT Change To Buses

The Montgomery County council voted Tuesday to change the Corridor Cities Transitway from light rail to rapid bus service, citing the relative costs involved with both.

O'Malley Talks Gay Marriage Legislation

Maryland governor Martin O'Malley talked gay marriage legislation Tuesday, emphasizing the focus on religious freedom he thinks is needed to get it through the General Assembly.

September 11: Ten Years Later

In the week leading up to the 10th anniversary of 9/11, WAMU 88.5 News explored how the lives of area residents have changed since 2001.

VIDEO: Joining Forces To Make It Happen

Through the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's American Graduate initiative, WAMU, WETA, and WHUT are teaming up with educators, parents, students, and others in the community to raise awareness of the dropout crisis and motivate everyone to start doing something about it.

String Of Robberies Continues In NW D.C.

The latest in a rash of robberies in upper Northwest D.C. happened last night when a man was robbed at gunpoint near Tenleytown Metro.

Trial Underway For Detective Accused Of Stealing Guns

A detective in Prince George's County is being tried for allegedly stealing and reselling several guns seized in operations against criminals.

Congressman Proposes Late-Term Abortion Ban In D.C.

A ban on abortions of fetuses over the age of 20 weeks in D.C. has been proposed by Republican Trent Franks, over the objections of those in D.C. advocating home rule.

Wizards Fire Coach Flip Saunders

After winning just two of their first 17 games, the Washington Wizards are hoping to make a turn-around after letting go their head coach, Flip Saunders.

Congress Probes Conditions At Occupy DC

City and federal officials face questions today about conditions at the Occupy DC encampments in McPherson Square and Freedom Plaza.

D.C. Gay Activists Fighting Prostitution-Free Zone Bill

Gay and transgender rights activists in D.C. are fighting a bill that would allow permanent "prostitution-free zones" in the city, saying that it discriminates against transgender individuals.

In State Of The Union, Local Lawmakers Expect Call For Cooperation

President Obama takes to the podium to deliver the State of the Union this evneing, and local lawmakers are expecting a call for bipartisanship, as well as plenty of talk about jobs.

D.C. To Lure Top Teachers To Underperforming Classrooms

Teacher quality is one of the primary indicators of student success -- so the D.C. Council is pushing for incentives to get the District's best teachers in its worst-performing classrooms.

Friday, January 20, 2012

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