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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Police Seek X-ray Film Thieves In Virginia Beach

Thieves are more frequently targeting hospitals in order to sell their x-ray film, police officials say. The silver the film contains can be valuable for resale. 

ACLU, Facebook Argue A 'Like' Is Protected Speech

Government employees who were fired after they clicked "Like" on their boss's political opponent's Facebook page are appealing a decision from earlier this year that determined a Facebook "Like" is not constitutionally protected speech.

Virginia Hot Lanes Debate: Are They Just A Temporary Fix?

New express lanes projects on the Capital Beltway and I-95 in Northern Virginia aim to reduce congestion for commuters, but some transportation experts say they'll only provide temporary relief. 

Friday, August 10, 2012

Remembering A Man Who Broke Boundaries Between Earth, Sky

Al Welsh was born in Russia in 1881, before anyone had figured out how to fly an airplane. But he went on to become one of the world's first pilots.

A Family Guards An Open Secret

Open Secret filmmaker Steve Lickteig talks with Rebecca Sheir about his discovery that his oldest sister was actually his biological mother - a secret his family had kept from him for 18 years.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Candlelight Vigil Held In D.C. For Victims Of Wisconsin Shooting

Members of the Sikh faith and other supporters turned out in number in front of the White House on Wednesday night to remember the victims of the tragic shooting in Wisconsin on Sunday.

Fatal Fire In Capitol Heights Claims Two Minors, Injures Another

Two of the three victims of a major fire in a duplex in Capitol Heights, Md., on Wednesday have succumbed to injuries.

Obama Holds Lead In Virginia, While Senate Race Is A Dead Heat

Virginia continues to earn top billing amongst 2012 swing states, and while President Obama holds a small lead in the polls, the race for Senate between Tim Kaine and George Allen is too close to call.

Historic Boat 'The Georgetown' In Its Final Days

A historic mule-drawn boat in Georgetown's canals is not long for this world, after giving residents and tourists a glimpse into the area's past for decades.

Petition To Oust Corporate Donations Falls Short Of D.C. Ballot

A petition to get corporate money out of D.C. politics fell short, and activists will need to make up more than 1,700 of the signatures that the Board of Elections tossed to get the issue on the ballot.

Maryland Voter Registration Goes Online

New voters in Maryland will now be able to turn to the web in order to register to vote, as the Maryland Board of Elections launched their new Online Voter Registration system Wednesday.

Virginia White Supremacist Ordered To Take Psych Eval

William A. White, former head of the Roanoke-based American National Socialist Workers Party, has been ordered by a judge to undergo a psychiatric evaluation after attempting to flee the country.

Man Arrested For Abducting, Assaulting Girl In Hyattsville

Police arrested 25-year-old Charles Amofa just 30 minutes after he abducted a six-year-old from a thift store in Hyattsville, Md. and sexually assaulted her.

O'Malley Outlines Proposal For Special Session On Gaming

Gov. Martin O'Malley has laid out his proposal ahead of time for a special session of Maryland's General Assembly starting Friday, that will address an expansion of gaming in the state.

D.C. Resident Orders TV, Gun Delivered Instead

MPD is trying to help a Northeast D.C. resident figure out why a semi-automatic assault rifle — which he hadn't ordered — delivered to his doorstep.