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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Milton Whitley: Facing His Fear Of Learning To Read

Milton Whitley dropped out of school at age 14 and was not able to read or write for the first 52 years of his life. He ended up homeless -- without any real hope of learning to read -- until he met a tutor in a Montgomery County public library. His education re-started in 2005, when he visited a dental clinic.

14th Street Bridge Construction Finishes This Weekend

A bit of good news for commuters who travel into the District from Northern Virginia: construction is soon to be complete in the northbound lanes of the 14th Street Bridge.

Virginia DA Seeks Law Enforcement Authority On Medical Fraud Cases

Investigators in Virginia's Attorney General's office are seeking greater powers to catch suspects committing Medicare and Medicaid fraud.

Montgomery Co. Launches Program To Support Wounded Veterans

A new project in Montgomery County called "Serving Together" is designed to reach out to military veterans and their families.

Judge Says Evidence In Blackwater Trial Is Shaky

A civil trial is underway in Alexandria for the company formerly known as Blackwater, which just recently relocated to our area.

North Old Town's Transformation Brings Fresh Challenges

Few neighborhoods in Northern Virginia are experiencing as much transformation as the north end of Old Town Alexandria right now, but those changes aren't coming without challenges.

Baltimore Uses Grand Prix Race To Promote Safe Driving

Baltimore is about to host a world class auto race for the first time, and local authorities are using it as an opportunity to promote safer driving.

Two Transgender Women Attacked In Two Weeks On NE Block

District police are investigating an attack on a transgender woman that took place just a block away from where a transgender woman was murdered two weeks ago.

Maryland Recognizes Officers For Federal Gun Enforcement Program

Local law enforcement officials took time yesterday to reinforce the benefits of Project Exile, a nationwide crime fighting tool.

Maryland Lawmakers Call For Eliminating Tax Loopholes

Even though the nation's borrowing limit has been raised, the battle over Washington spending has only just begun.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

"Smooth Operator" Program Targets Aggressive Drivers In Maryland

Nearly 400 people died in traffic accidents in the District, Maryland and Virginia in 2009, and officials say about one-third of those deaths were due to aggressive driving.

Maryland Senators Vote To Raise The Debt Limit

Maryland's senators joined the majority of Congress in voting for a deal to keep the nation from defaulting on its loans.

Senate Passes Debt Ceiling Deal

A deal to raise the federal government's debt limit by $1 trillion has passed the Senate, by a vote of 74-26. President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law later today.

Hundreds Of MPD Officers Prepare For National Night Out

National Night Out kicks off later tonight and law enforcement authorities from around the region will be out walking the streets.

Florida Ave. Reopens After Fatal Accident, Baby Born In Traffic Backup

Update 10:20 a.m.: Florida Avenue NW has reopened after being closed in both directions around New York Avenue NW this morning after a fatal accident involving a motorcycle and a tractor trailer, according to NBC Washington. The traffic backup that resulted from the accident also required one woman to give birth while stuck in her car.

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