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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Metro Worker Struck By Shady Grove Train

Metro has launched an investigation into an incident Tuesday afternoon, when a Metro worker was struck by a train at the Shady Grove rail yard, sustaining serious and potentially life-threatening injuries.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Transfers Compromise Education Of Virginia's Military Children

Children of military families change schools nine times on average during primary school years, and special education students in particular see their education suffer for it.

Prince George's Considers Gun Crime Registry

A new law is gaining support in Prince George's County that would require those convicted of gun-related crimes to sign on to a registry, not unlike sex offenders.

Frederick Republican Blaine Young Eyes Governor's Office

Blaine Young, the conservative president of the Frederick County Commission, has signaled his intention to run for the office of governor, filing with the Maryland Board of Elections.

Alexandria Firefighters Battle Two-Alarm Storage Unit Blaze

Alexandria firefighters battled a two-alarm blaze overnight in a self-storage facility 

MetroAccess Debuts 16 New Accessible Vehicles

MetroAccess is trying out some new vehicles specifically designed to accommodate wheelchairs and disabled riders in an attempt to improve service for those customers. 

Fans Say Goodbye To Chuck Brown At Howard Theatre

Memorial events for D.C. music legend Chuck Brown began Tuesday, with hundreds turning out in the heat for the viewing at the Howard Theatre.

Older Vets Honor Iraq War Comrades At Memorial Day Parade

The national Memorial Day Parade in D.C. also honored living Iraq War veterans for the first time this year, after the war officially ended in December 2011.

Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, May 29

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Monday, May 28, 2012

Program For Holocaust Survivors Faces Funding Issues

A program to assist impoverished Holocaust survivors in the D.C. metro area is facing critical funding issues.

'Healthy Homes' Aims To Identify Health Threats

The D.C. Department of the Environment has launched a new program to help residents identify health threats in their homes.

Virginia Eases Academic Transfers For Military Kids

Virginia is joining several other states in adopting consistent rules to help military kids transition easily between schools.

Alexandria Board Without Lawyer For Waterfront Case

The Alexandria Board of Zoning Appeals will not have legal representation in an upcoming Circuit Court case over the waterfront plan.

VDOT Unveils New Road Signs

The Virginia Department of Transportation has made it a little easier for visitors to get to the beach this summer.

Four Charged In Ocean City Drug Bust

Four people are facing charges in connection with more than 500 bags of packaged suspected synthetic marijuana seized at two businesses in Ocean City.