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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

MoCo Pushes Foreclosure Counseling

Montgomery County executive Isiah Leggett

Montgomery County officials are urging residents to avoid refinancing scams and consult counselors if they are thinking about foreclosing on their home.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Wrongly Convicted Va. Man Asks For Full Exoneration

thomas haynesworth

A Virginia man imprisoned for nearly 30 years is seeking a full exoneration after DNA testing cleared him of one of the three charges for which he has served time.

Md. Looking To Ban Crib Bumper Pads

crib bumper pads

Parents trying to make their homes safer for young children might be surprised to find that crib bumper pads may actually cause more harm than good.

Parvo Outbreak Shuts Down Dog Shelter

shelter dog

An outbreak of Parvo amongst stray dogs in Washington County, Maryland has caused shelters to restrict the intake of new dogs.

Poverty Rates Linked To Fractured Families

Federal data shows that children in fractured families have a significantly higher chance of living in poverty, increasing the burden on public services.

Barry's Son Sentenced To Nine Months

Christopher Marion Barry, son of former mayor Marion Barry, received a nine month suspended sentence after being arrested for possession of marijuana and PCP in July.

Graduates Rack Up More Student Loan Debt

With a college education getting more expensive and the economy stalling, many students now find themselves trapped in debt, unable to find the job they thought would pay off their loans.

Metro To Accomodate MLK Dedication

metro mlk

To ease congestion during the rescheduled MLK Memorial dedication in October, Metro has moved back planned track work and plans to add extra trains.

Weather Channel Founder Almost Gave Up On Network

One Virginia biographer has written a book about a little known fact: the idea for the Weather Channel actually started in Virginia.

Police Seek Suspect In Sexual Assault Of 10-Year-Old Girl

Police tape

Prince George's County police are looking for a man they say broke into a home in Oxon Hill, Md. yesterday and sexually assaulted a young girl. 

Two More Mushroom Poisoning Cases Reported

Two more people in the D.C. region have been stricked with mushroom poisoning after eating mushrooms they found in the wild.

D.C. Group Helps Foster Children Succeed After Emancipation

Shumeka Moore

A D.C.-based special advocates program aims to be a support network for foster kids that age out of the city's child welfare system.

D.C. Area Has Worst Traffic In U.S.

Cars in traffic

The suspicions of thousands of D.C. drivers are confirmed by a recent ranking: the Washington-area commute is the most congested in the entire country.

HIV/AIDS Panel Looks At New Tactics To Prevent Disease

The District of Columbia is open to new ideas to help reduce the city's staggering rate of HIV infections.

Senate Deal Avoids Government Shutdown

Federal workers can rest assured that the government will not be shutting down this weekend after the Senate reached a deal Monday; but they are in for another budget fight in November, when the current bill expires.

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