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Monday, August 20, 2012

Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, Aug. 20

Belief+Doubt and Lucky Dub.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Virginia Teen Kills Man While Driving Under Influence

A 19-year-old Virginia woman is charged with a DUI after killing a 62-year-man in a hit and run.

BWI Runway Closed For Reconstruction

One of BWI Airport's primary runways will be closed for 60 days as part of a multi-year reconstruction project.

Fairfax Voters To Determine Fate Of Floodwall

Voters in Fairfax County will determine the fate of a $30 million floodwall to protect one neighborhood along Cameron Run frequently hit by major floods.

Maryland Lawmakers Begin Talks On State's Utility Issues

Maryland lawmakers will hold the first statewide roundtable discussion this week on the reliability and resiliency of the state's electrical distribution system.

Virginia Pushing To Allow Food Stamps At Farmers Markets

The Virginia and federal governments are making it possible for the state's farmers' markets to accept food stamps.

Man In Bowie Dead After Setting Cab On Fire

A man is dead after setting a taxicab on fire during a robbery attempt in Bowie.

Blind Teen Directs Inspirational Documentary

A 15-year old filmmaker is releasing an inspirational documentary that she helped to direct, but has never seen.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Study: Many Virginians Lack Access To Dental Care

Many people in Virginia don't have access to dental care because of costs and lack of dentists, according to a study by two economists at the University of Virginia.

Baltimore Jazz Archivist Dies, Leaves Ellington Papers Legacy

Baltimore jazz archivist Ann Byrnes Kuebler, who was known for her work on the Smithsonian's Duke Ellington papers, has died in New Jersey at the age of 61.

D.C.'s Jobless Rate Improves For July

Preliminary state unemployment numbers for July show an improvement in Washington, D.C.'s jobless rate.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Virginia Man Linked To Aryan Group Pleads On Gun Charge

A Manassas man who made headlines a couple years ago for racist license plates has pleaded guilty after a federal investigation discovered he was attempting to illegally modify an AK-47.

Dew Tour In Ocean City Expected To Shatter Attendance Record

With a bigger, more spectacular beach-side venue to show off their extreme sports prowess, organizers are expecting this year's Dew Tour to crush the attendance record set last year.

Three Stations Closed On Red Line This Weekend

Three Metro lines will experience single tracking this weekend, and buses will replace trains along a stretch of the Red Line, as the Metro Forward construction and maintenance continues.

D.C. Area Artists Outraged Over Pussy Riot Verdict

A judge's two-year sentence for the all-girl Russian punk band Pussy Riots has sparked outage from around the world.