Local News from WAMU 88.5

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Arlington Tourism Going Strong

Arlington County continues to attract more tourism dollars than any other county in the Virginia.

Funding To Treat 9/11-Related Illnesses Still Delayed

An economic component of the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act has taken longer than expected to get off the ground.

D.C. Area Schools Win Blue Ribbon Status

Several schools in the D.C. area have won one of education's highest honors: blue ribbon status.

Number of Bikeshare Users Continues To Grow

Capital Bikeshare has more members who use the service regularly than any other bike sharing system in the country.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Maryland Teen Sentenced To 60 Years For Murder

A Maryland teenager has been sentenced to 60 years for the murder of his 92-year-old neighbor.

Union Market Brings Resurgence To Old Neighborhood

The much-anticipated Union Market reopens Saturday morning in Northeast's up-and-coming wholesale district in the Florida Avenue corridor.

Virginia To Evaluate Impact Of Grant Blocks

The Virginia legislature is listening to people who receive financial government assistance to find out what really works.

Metro Track Work Ramps Up On Red Line

This weekend's Metro track work will affect seven Metro stations on the Red Line.

Ocean City May Reconsider Skateboarding Ban

An effort to lift Ocean City's 30-year-old skateboarding ban is underway... all because of a t-shirt.

D.C. Gets Gold Rating For Walkability

The District now has the distinction of being one of the most walkable cities in the United States.

DeMatha Football Players Accused Of Hiring Sex Workers After Away Game

Five DeMatha high school football players are reportedly facing accusations that they hired prostitutes while away on an out-of-town trip for a football game. 

Study: D.C. Area Ranks Fourth In Ethnic Diversity

The Washington, D.C. region is at the forefront of ethnic diversity, according to a report from Penn State University.

View From The Convention: Kojo Nnamdi's Impressions From The DNC

Kojo Nnamdi joins WAMU 88.5's Morning Edition host, Matt McCleskey, to discuss the Democratic National Convention's finals speeches and events.

Virginia Looks To Crack Down On Cigarette Smugglers

Virginia's crime commission is looking to crack down on smuggling operations that take advantage of the commonwealth's relatively low tax on cigarettes.

Portion Of Woodmont Ave. Closed For Construction

Drivers in Bethesda got a brief reprieve when the planned closure of a busy roadway was pushed back a few days, but that ends Friday evening.