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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

D.C. Police Union: Chief Can't Call For "All Hands On Deck" This Weekend

It's "All Hands on Deck" this weekend for D.C. police, whether officers like it or not.

Maryland's and Virginia's Bond Ratings Could Be Cut This Fall

The credit ratings of Virginia and Maryland could be tied to the congressional panel set up to reduce the deficit.

Rockville Doctors Make Locker Rooms Safe With Extreme Science

Sports injuries are often associated with crushing tackles on the football field, but dangers lurk in the quiet corners of the locker room too.

Contents May Be Hot: Chef Cooks With World's Spiciest Peppers

An organic garden in Northern Virginia is now home to half a dozen of the world's hottest peppers, thanks to the executive chef at a new restaurant in Tysons Corner.

Search For Missing Woman In Aruba Called Off

Aruban Authorities ended the active search for missing Frederick County resident Robyn Gardner, but continue to question Gary Giordano of Gaithersburg.

D.C. Residents To Get Preview Of MLK Jr. Memorial

D.C. Residents will get an exclusive preview of the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial on the National Mall several days before official dedication on Aug. 28.

Bay Bridge To Get A Fresh Coat Of Paint

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge is getting a makeover, including a new coat of paint.

Three More Victims Come Forward In Serial Butt Slasher Case

Police have identified three more potential victims of a serial slasher that has been frequenting malls and other retail locations in Northern Virginia.

D.C. Plans For Crowds At MLK Memorial Dedication

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and other city leaders are gearing up for an historic event on the national mall later this month, the dedication of the National Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.

Virginia Looks To Bolster Civics Education

Surveys have shown that Americans know little about the U.S. government and Constitution. The studies have prompted the Virginia General Assembly to revive a commission studying ways to bolster civics education.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Reenactors To Mark 150th Anniversary Of Antietam Civil War Battle

Around 4,000 reenactors will take part in festivities marking the 150th anniversary next year of two Civil War battles fought in Maryland.

MPD Officer In Charge Of Police Escorts Demoted

The commander of the special operations division for D.C.'s police department says he's been demoted, according to an Associated Press report.

DDOT Giving Away 500 Bike Helmets To Capital Bikeshare Members

Members of Capital Bikeshare that don't have helmets might soon be getting them for free, as the District plans a helmet giveaway program at bike events around the city this fall.

Virginia Governor Creates Task Force To Monitor Mark Center Traffic

The first wave of employees being relocated to the Washington Headquarters Service at the Mark Center in Alexandria is moving in this week as part of the Base Realignment and Closure process.

Council Members Rake In Dollars As Wells Attempts Campaign Finance Reform

As the D.C. Council considers a proposal from Council member Tommy Wells to limit corporations and their owners from making multiple campaign donations, campaign finance records show council members continue to rake in cash through the practice.

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