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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Folklife Festival Begins On National Mall

The 46th annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival kicks off today on the National Mall, featuring delicious food, loads of educational opportunities, and tonight, a performance by George Clinton.

Amendments Scuttle D.C. Budget Autonomy Bill

D.C. leaders asked to withdraw a bill from a Senate committee that would grant the city budget autonomy after controversial amendments were introduced.

Lawmakers Renew Push For Stricter Campaign Finance Disclosures

Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin (D) called this week's Supreme Court decision on Montana's campaign finance law a "missed opportunity" to reexamine Citizens United.

Four Years Later, Federal Mental Health Law Goes Unimplemented

Observers may be wondering whether President Obama's health care reform bill will be upheld, but others, including some local lawmakers, are working to implement mental health provisions that were passed more than four years ago.

Analysis: George Allen's Comeback

George Allen's path to his current race for U.S. Senate has been a rocky one, but six years after the gaffe that many say cost him the election, he's back in the game.  

Lobbyist's Nomination To DC Water Board Raises Questions

Longtime D.C. lobbyist Rod Wilson is facing a fight over his potential appointment to the board of directors of the city's water authority. 

Alexandria Taekwondo Gym Grooms Four Olympians

Several martial artists who train in Alexandria are preparing for the trip across the pond for the 2012 Olympic Games in London; one of them, a native of Mali, is hoping to win the first ever Olympic medal for his home country. 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Analysis: Congress Scrambles To Avert Cuts To Pentagon Budget

Lawmakers, particularly those on the D.C. region, are concerned about the looming $55 billion in cuts to the Pentagon budget. Alex Bolton, senior staff writer for The Hill newspaper, explains the latest in those negotiations.

D.C. Inks $33M Tax Deal With LivingSocial

In an effort to keep the headquarters of online daily deal company LivingSocial in the District, the D.C. Council approved a tax break package worth about $32.5 million.

Leader Of Gang-Led Prostitution Ring Pleads Guilty

The fifth member of a Northern Virginia gang pleaded guilty Tuesday to his role in a prostitution ring that targeted underage girls.

Capitals Name Former Captain Adam Oates As New Head Coach

The Capitals have announced that former team captain Adam Oates will be returning to the fold — this time as head coach, replacing Dale Hunter.

UVA Board Votes Unanimously To Reinstate Sullivan

The University of Virginia's Board of Visitors voted unanimously Tuesday reinstate President Teresa Sullivan, who was abruptly ousted earlier in June.

Two Children And One Adult Shot While Walking From Camp

A 7-year old, an 8-year-old and their camp counselor sustained non life-threatening injuries after they were hit by gunfire in Southeast D.C. Monday.

Signatures For Same-Sex Marriage Referendum Top 150K

Opponents of Maryland's same-sex marriage law have now submitted more than 150,000 signatures to put the measure on the ballot on November. 

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Country Music Broadcaster Tom "Cat" Reeder Dies At Age Of 77

Tom "Cat" Reeder, longtime country music broadcaster and host of a popular show on WAMU's Bluegrass Country, has died at 77.