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Monday, August 15, 2011

Homeless Children In Loudoun Get Care From Mobile Clinic

A community health program in Loudoun County is expanding its focus to the hundreds of homeless children living there.

UMD Students Can Have A "Virtual Escort" Starting Next Month

Starting next month, students at the University of Maryland in College Park can have a "virtual escort" on campus to keep them safe.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

D.C. Asking Residents Wanted For Nonviolent Felonies To Voluntarily Surrender

Officials in District are encouraging residents wanted for nonviolent felonies to voluntarily surrender this weekend.

Man Convicted Of Killing Elderly Williamsburg Woman Faces Death Penalty

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-Va.) says he won't stop next week's execution of a man convicted of assaulting and killing an elderly Williamsburg woman.

Participants Showed Support For Women's Rights In D.C.'s Inaugural Slutwalk

Women from across the region joined together in what’s termed a Slutwalk in order to raise awareness about women’s rights.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Wildfire In Virginia's Great Dismal Swamp May Be Largest In History

A wildfire in Virginia's Great Dismal Swamp National Refuge has burned nearly 5,600 acres and firefighters are working to strengthen fire lines to contain it.

Former Del. Phil Hamilton Sentenced to 9.5 Years In Federal Prison

Former Virginia Delegate Phil Hamilton has been sentenced to 9.5 years in federal prison for his role in securing a job at Old Dominion University.

Fairfax County Police Creates Task Force For 'Butt Slasher'

Fairfax County Police have stepped up their efforts to find the so-called "butt slasher." The department has set up a special task force to track the culprit down.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Maryland's Highway Administration Wants Small Farm Stand Out

A Maryland farmer is trying to save his small farm after being stuck in a Catch 22 with state highway officials. The dispute comes at a time when the state is promoting local farms.

Chris Van Hollen Named To Special Committee, Likely No Benefits To D.C. Metro Region

A Maryland lawmaker has been named to a special committee in charge of finding ways to reduce the deficit, but his position may not help the region at all.

Strong Regional Representation In Budget Negotiations May Not Help The Region

The region's lawmakers have played key roles in the ongoing congressional budget negotiations, but that doesn’t necessarily mean their states are getting any special perks.

Rising Standards Cause More Schools To Fail In Virginia

In Virginia, less than 40 percent of schools met federal standards this year compared to 61 percent last year.

Redskins Look For Answers At Quarterback Heading Into First Preseason Game

The Washington Redskins begin their pre-season schedule tonight with an exhibition against the Pittsburgh Steelers. But one still question hangs over the heads of the Skins faithful: Who will be the Redskins' starting quarterback?

Art Gallery Introduces Five Emerging Artists To D.C. Scene

Five local artists are having a coming-out party of sorts, thanks to the Hamiltonian Gallery.

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