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Monday, July 4, 2011

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

A Capitol Fourth, an American art exhibit and a long lost Boo.

Consider This By Fred Fiske: Independence Day

July 4 is a time to reflect on America's rich history, our nation's successes and complexities, and the pride we feel in our nation's ideals and freedoms.

Palisades Fourth Of July Parade Marches On

For decades, thousands of spectators have watched revelers parade down a stretch of MacArthur Boulevard in Northwest D.C. The event -- replete with dancers, drummers, horses, homemade floats, local politicians and awards -- is a small town tradition that manages to thrive in the big city. Participants share their thoughts on what keeps the annual Independence Day parade going strong.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Germantown Man Charged With Second-Degree Homicide

Police have charged Brandon Dashiell, 24, of Germantown, Md. with second-degree homicide.

Four PG County Council Members Say Johnson Should Step Down

Four members of the Prince George's County Council have now called for the resignation of their colleague Leslie Johnson.

Two Teens In D.C. Summer Youth Employment Program Report Sexual Assault

Two female teenagers part of a D.C. summer youth employment program say they were victims of sexual assault while at work this week.

Online Group Fights Muslim Stereotyping With Crowdsourced Videos

To fight stereotyping, an online group called My Faith My Voice is using the Fourth of July weekend to draw attention to patriotism of Muslim Americans.

Maryland Health Officials Ease Summer Camp Sunscreen Policy

Health officials in Maryland have eased a summer camp sunscreen policy limiting those who could apply sunscreen to campers.

Sober Ride Taxi Service Available Night of July 4th for D.C. Area Residents

The Fourth of July weekend is known as a time of sun and celebration for most Americans, but the Washington Regional Alcohol Program -- or WRAP -- says it's also a time to be especially cautious about drunk drivers.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Army Seeking Public Comment On Proposed Decommissioning Of Former Nuclear Reactor Site

The Army is seeking public comment on the proposed decommissioning of a former nuclear reactor site in Silver Spring.

D.C. Area Sober Ride Program Adapts to Survive

District residents who plan to celebrate the Fourth of July with a few alcoholic beverages can get a free taxi ride home after 10 p.m. through the SoberRide program.

D.C. Officials Expect Large Crowds On Fourth Of July

The D.C. region will be a little more crowded than usual this weekend, with tourists and area residents celebrating the Forth of July.

French, Russian, British Naval Ships Off Virginia Coast

An international naval exercise that started as a way to reduce tensions between the Soviet Union and U.S. allies has wrapped up off the coast of Virginia.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Police Have 'Robust' Invisible Security Plan For Independence Day

Law enforcement officials are ramping up security in the area ahead of the region's celebration of the Fourth of July on Monday.

New Drunk Driving Law Extends Suspension, Raises Offense For Teens

A law stiffening the penalty for teens who drive drunk takes effect in Virginia Friday.

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