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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Pink-Filled Streets For The Race For The Cure

Thousands of runners hit the streets of downtown D.C. Saturday morning for the 22nd annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

Former Account Manager Gets Seven Years for Stealing from Clients

In Virginia, a former account manager at Wachovia Bank has been sentenced to seven years in prison for stealing millions of dollars from her clients' accounts.

State Party Leaders Face More Uncertainty for 2011 Election Season

In Virginia, the announcement by veteran State Sen. William Wampler that he will not seek re-election is yet another sign that the General Assembly will change significantly after November’s elections.

F-18 Superhornet Named as Replacement for Grounded Air Show Headliner

In Maryland, organizers say the Navy's F-18 Super Hornet will headline the 4th annual Ocean City Air Show next weekend. But, that was not the original plan.

Friday, June 3, 2011

CQ Roll Call: Weiner's Twitter Photo, Social Media Use, Debt Ceiling, Libya

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks about the latest news on Capitol Hill this week, including the attention surrounding the photo sent from Rep. Anthony Weiner’s Twitter account, congressional talks about deficit reduction and raising the debt ceiling, and whether or not to pull out of Libya.

Bay Bridge Toll Increases Get Thumbs Up From MTA

Tolls on the Bay Bridge, Baltimore Tunnels, and other roads in Maryland could increase by Oct. 1, if a plan accepted yesterday by the Maryland Transportation Authority receives final approval later this summer.

WaPo's McCartney: Dulles Metro, Funding For Homeland Security Headquarters

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney gives an analysis on the Dulles Metrorail extension in Northern Virginia and the precarious state of funding for the construction of a new Department of Homeland Security Headquarters.

Capital Pride Festival Kicks Off With Town Hall

Thousands of gays in the metro D.C. area are beginning to celebrate Capital Pride, two weeks of events that include parties, a parade, and a street festival. But many groups also use the occasion to look at serious LGBT issues.

Friends And Family Remember Isaiah Harris

There were tears, some happy memories, fervent prayer, and voices raised in song at a vigil held in D.C. Thursday for Isaiah Harris, the 15-year-old that was killed in a shooting in Northwest D.C. this week.

Officials Urge Drivers To Check Tire Pressure Regularly

Next week is National Tire Safety week, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says too many Americans are ignoring proper tire inflation and care.

Gov. McDonnell Ask For State Employees' Help To Balance Budget

State employees who've always thought they had the perfect idea to improve Virginia's government now have the ear of the Governor, and the employee with the best idea will get more than a penny for his or her thoughts.

Arlington County Board Seeks To Reduce Emissions

Arlington County is trying to slash carbon dioxide emissions, but the community energy plan approved in May by the County Board doesn't include mandates or penalties for carbon dioxide reductions.

Ocean City Plans Free Gas Giveaway

The city council in Ocean City, Md., has stirred up controversy while admittedly trying to nab headlines with a free gas promotion aimed at tourists.

D.C. Considers New Approach To Youth With Behavioral Problems

In the aftermath of a 2010 mass shooting on South Capitol Street that left four District teenagers dead, city lawmakers are looking at ways to change how the city deals with youth behavioral problems.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Music, music, and more music to welcome another Washington summer.

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