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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Tests Show No Oil In Substance Found In Anacostia River

Initial tests indicated a presence of a petroleum-based substance in the Anacostia River, but when the U.S. Coast Guard followed up with a water assessment on Tuesday, they found no oil.

Virginia Man Faces Execution For Elderly Woman’s Death In 2001

Virginia is scheduled to execute a man from Williamsburg tonight, using a new drug mix that's been contested in other states.

Religious Group Joins Fray Opposing Va. Uranium Mining

A religious group is joining the fight to maintain a ban on uranium mining in Virginia.

Maryland Ranks First In Providing Child Dental Care

Four years ago, 12-year-old Diamonte Driver from Prince George's County died from a brain infection created by an abscessed tooth because his mother was unable to get him adequate dental care. This death spurred Maryland to address this inadequacy, and now, things in the state are vastly different.

Comment Period Extended On Va. Gay Adoption Regs

Virginia's Board of Social Services has decided to allow more time for comments on whether gay couples should be accepted as adoptive or foster parents.

After Charter Schools Close, Parents Race To Find New Placements

Nearly 750 D.C. students were left looking for new schools after three charter schools closed and two eliminated their high school programs.

Charter school advocates defend the closures and say test scores at charters are still higher than they are in traditional D.C. public schools, in part because of their tough-love approach. But parents say in the short term, these school closure decisions leave their families hanging.

AAA Faces Uphill Battle For College Park Speed Camera's Removal

AAA Mid-Atlantic is calling for another speed camera to be removed in the region, this time in College Park. But the motorist advocacy group hasn't won many of these types of battles.

Howard County Sees Environmental And Economic Potential In Composting

Maryland's Howard County is calling on residents to put their leftovers to use through a new food scraps recycling program.

Rallies Voice Concerns Around Virginia

In Northern Virginia, two groups with very different ideas about the kind of political change the country needs held gatherings today.

Montgomery County Police Identify Suspects In 7-Eleven Flash Mob Robbery

A flash mob attack on a 7- Eleven in Germantown, Md. this past Saturday has kept Montgomery County police detectives very busy, but authorities say the effort has paid off.

Woodrow Wilson High School Reopens After $115 Million Renovation

Woodrow Wilson High School in northwest D.C. celebrated their $115 million renovation with a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday.

Giordano Tries To Collect Insurance As Gardner Search Continues

Maryland tourist Gary Giordano tried to redeem a $1.5 million insurance policy on his missing travel companion Robyn Gardner shortly after she disappeared.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

AAA Wants College Park, MD Speed Cam Removed

A speed camera in College Park is drawing the ire of The American Automobile Association (AAA) Mid-Atlantic and the camera's neighbors.

Massive Police Raid Seizes Bootlegged Items On Maryland's Ocean City Boardwalk

Ocean City police raided two dozen boardwalk stores and confiscated mass quantities of bootlegged and fraudulent merchandise in what is being called the largest raid of its kind in the town's history.

In Lululemon Murder Trial, Lawyers May Use Mental Health Defense

Lawyers for a woman charged with killing a coworker at an upscale yoga clothing shop in Bethesda say they plan to call at least one mental health expert at the October trial, according to the Associated Press.

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