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Monday, April 9, 2012

National Mall Designs On Display At Smithsonian

The finalists in an ambitious design competition aimed at redesigning overlooked sites in and near the National Mall will be on display at the Smithsonian Castle this week.

ACLU Pursues Strip Search Policies In Virginia

Following a controversial Supreme Court ruling last week that police may strip search offenders for even minor traffic offenses, the ACLU of Virginia is asking police departments what their standing policies are for strip searches.

Dry Weather, Winds Prompt Area Fire Warning

A dry spring has been good for those looking to enjoy the weather, but it has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a red flag fire warning prompted by a wild fire in Maryland.

Metro Seeks Members For Accessibility Committee

Metro is seeking new members for an advisory committee that weighs in on improving transit for senior citizens and people with disabilities.

Law School Holds Teach-in Related To Trayvon Martin Case

Students, teachers, and members of the public gather today to talk about race and legal issues during a teach-in at the Washington College of Law.

Howard Theatre Officially Reopens

City officials will cut the ribbon today on the renovated Howard Theatre, a recently renovated historic landmark that had previously been empty for more than three decades.

GOP Lawmakers Rally Against EPA's New Coal Plant Rules

Republican lawmakers are fighting a proposed EPA rule that would limit emissions levels allowed from new coal-fired power plants, but Democrats say it's necessary to fight global warming. 

Metro Reduces Fare Hike Projections For Next Year

Metro fares won't increase as much as originally predicted next year, according to the D.C.-area transit agency.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, April 9

Keeping the faith with theater and taking some chances with music.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

West Virginia Mine Closes Two Years After Explosion

A West Virginia mine is sealing its site permanently after a deadly explosion killed 29 people two years ago.

Web Series Attract Growing, Loyal Fan Bases

As more entertainment makes the jump to the Internet, web series are beginning to draw attention and interest.

CBS News Correspondent Mike Wallace Dies

Legendary journalist Mike Wallace has died at 93.

Northern Virginia Aims To Combat Human Trafficking

Federal prosecutors in Northern Virginia filed charges in 16 different cases involving human trafficking over the last year.

Two Occupy DC Groups Plan To Merge

Washington's two ongoing Occupy DC groups will be joining forces at one location.

Maryland Lawmakers Continue Working On Budget Agreement

The Maryland General Assembly held a special weekend session in an effort to hammer out a budget agreement ahead of a Monday evening's deadline.