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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Milton Whitley: Facing His Fear Of Learning To Read

Milton Whitley dropped out of school at age 14 and was not able to read or write for the first 52 years of his life. He ended up homeless -- without any real hope of learning to read -- until he met a tutor in a Montgomery County public library. His education re-started in 2005, when he visited a dental clinic.

14th Street Bridge Construction Finishes This Weekend

A bit of good news for commuters who travel into the District from Northern Virginia: construction is soon to be complete in the northbound lanes of the 14th Street Bridge.

Virginia DA Seeks Law Enforcement Authority On Medical Fraud Cases

Investigators in Virginia's Attorney General's office are seeking greater powers to catch suspects committing Medicare and Medicaid fraud.

Montgomery Co. Launches Program To Support Wounded Veterans

A new project in Montgomery County called "Serving Together" is designed to reach out to military veterans and their families.

Judge Says Evidence In Blackwater Trial Is Shaky

A civil trial is underway in Alexandria for the company formerly known as Blackwater, which just recently relocated to our area.

North Old Town's Transformation Brings Fresh Challenges

Few neighborhoods in Northern Virginia are experiencing as much transformation as the north end of Old Town Alexandria right now, but those changes aren't coming without challenges.

Baltimore Uses Grand Prix Race To Promote Safe Driving

Baltimore is about to host a world class auto race for the first time, and local authorities are using it as an opportunity to promote safer driving.

Two Transgender Women Attacked In Two Weeks On NE Block

District police are investigating an attack on a transgender woman that took place just a block away from where a transgender woman was murdered two weeks ago.

Maryland Recognizes Officers For Federal Gun Enforcement Program

Local law enforcement officials took time yesterday to reinforce the benefits of Project Exile, a nationwide crime fighting tool.

Maryland Lawmakers Call For Eliminating Tax Loopholes

Even though the nation's borrowing limit has been raised, the battle over Washington spending has only just begun.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Hill's Alex Bolton: What's To Come From Debt Deal 'Super Committee'

The Senate did manage to pass an agreement to increase the debt ceiling this afternoon, which President Obama quickly signed. Alex Bolton, senior staff writer for The Hill newspaper, talked with WAMU anchor Pat Brogan about what comes next on Capitol Hill.

New Plan Moves Megabus, Bolt Bus, And Others To Union Station

Soon, most D.C. travelers taking intercity bus trips won't have to wonder where to board.

Alexandria Police Participate In National Night Out

More than 10,000 communities across the country are participating in National Night Out -- an annual event aimed at bringing residents and law enforcement closer together.

"Smooth Operator" Program Targets Aggressive Drivers In Maryland

Nearly 400 people died in traffic accidents in the District, Maryland and Virginia in 2009, and officials say about one-third of those deaths were due to aggressive driving.

Maryland Senators Vote To Raise The Debt Limit

Maryland's senators joined the majority of Congress in voting for a deal to keep the nation from defaulting on its loans.

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