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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Prince George's County Council Member Leslie Johnson Due In Court Thursday

In Maryland, Prince George's County Council member Leslie Johnson is due in court Thursday morning where she may plead guilty to corruption charges.

Judge Rules Law Banning Late Evening, Early Morning Release Of Inmates Unonstitutional

A federal judge has ruled that a D.C. law banning the release of people from the jail during the late evening and early morning hours violated former inmates' rights by keeping them in jail longer than necessary.

McDonnell Seeking To Assist Tornado Victims In Southwest Virginia

Gov. Bob McDonnell is asking the U.S. Small Business Administration to assist tornado victims in southwest Virginia.

Stosch Calling For Cost-Effective, Humanitarian Options For Geriatric Prisoners

In Virginia, a segment of the state's prison population is withering away behind bars, and State Sen. Walter Stosch is calling for cost-effective and humanitarian options for geriatric prisoners.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Dozer The Dog Runs Half Marathon, Raises Money For Cancer Center

A dog named Dozer who escaped from his owners' yard surprised them by going on to run most of the Maryland Half Marathon before returning home, dog tired.

National Aquarium Releases Seal Back Into Wild in Ocean City

A gray seal was released into the wild in Ocean City, Md. this morning, after months of rehabilitation at the National Aquarium in Baltimore.

Fairfax County To Hold Emergency Drill On Mass Medical Response

Virginia's Fairfax County will be holding a drill over the weekend to test its mass medical response in the event of any future pandemics or bioterrorism events.

CQ Roll Call: Canter Withdraws From Debt-Ceiling Talks, House Votes On U.S. Involvement With Libya, House Releases D.C. Appropriations Bill

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, discusses the latest news on Capitol Hill, including Eric Canter's withdrawal from the debt-ceiling negotiations, the House's decisions regarding U.S. involvement in Libya, and details on the D.C. Appropriations bill that came out of the House this week.

WaPo’s McCartney: Kaya Henderson, Gray’s Approval Rating, and Dulles Rail

WAMU Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey interviews Washington Post Metro columnist Robert McCartney on the confirmation of Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson, Mayor Vincent Gray’s slipping approval rating, and the fight over Metro’s Silver line.

Lululemon Reopens After Employee's Murder

It's been three months since the body of 30-year-old Jayna Murray was discovered brutally beaten inside Lululemon, the yoga-wear store in Bethesda. Now the store reopens with a new look as the community begins to heal.

Virginians Seeing Increase In Ticks This Year

Some Virginians are seeing an increase in ticks this year. But those impressions can be difficult to confirm, as the state doesn’t have a reliable system in place to keep track of the insects.

Langley Park Tenants, Living With Bedbugs And Mold, Fight Landlord

Tenants of several apartment complexes in the Langley Park neighborhood of Prince George's County say despite paying hundreds of thousands of dollars a month in rent, their apartments resemble a third world tenement. Now, they're asking county authorities to intervene.

New Reports Of Pedicab Crackdown Surface

The U.S. Park Police say they're not cracking down on the operators of pedicabs, the rickshaws strapped to bicycles often seen on the National Mall. But more allegations of harsh treatment are coming to light.

D.C. Probes Celebrity Police Escorts

Authorities in D.C. continue to investigate why actor Charlie Sheen and other celebrities have received police escorts over the years. The D.C. Council held a hearing Thursday to vet the escort policies.

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