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Monday, January 16, 2012

Education Secretary Joins Service Project At Dunbar High

Lawmakers, federal education officials, and Dunbar HS alumni gathered for a service project at the school to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the civil rights leader's birthday.

Infant Dies After Being Left Out In The Cold

Police are trying to find the parents of an infant that died Sunday night after being left outside in below-freezing temperatures.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Jan. 17

One-act plays, dark surf rock and a tribute to the Boss

Thieves Posing As Cops Rob Driver In SE

Police are warning drivers to be on the lookout for two thieves posing as police officers conducting traffic stops.

Road Closures For Martin Luther King Jr. Parade

The District will close a stretch of Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE today for a parade honoring the civil rights leader.

Another Guilty Plea Likely In Connection With Harry Thomas

Yet another plea deal isi n the works in connection with the case of disgraced D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Family Honors Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr.

Family, friends and hundreds of people from across the country came together on the National Mall to celebrate the 83rd birthday of a civil rights leader.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Jan. 16

M.L.K. Jr. and A Haitian Landscape

Virginia Butt Slasher Arrested In Peru

The man suspected of slashing young women on their backsides in a series of incidents in Virginia has been arrested in Peru.

Company Promotes Healthy Living At Convention Center

Interactive exhibits at the D.C. Convention Center are helping people learn how to make healthier lifestyle choices.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Students Deliver Powerful Rendition Of 'I Have A Dream'

In remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., fifth graders from Watkins Elementary echoed one of history's most iconic voices.

Toxic Chemicals Found In Groundwater Under Fort Detrick

High levels of toxic chemicals are still present in the groundwater beneath a former dumpsite at Fort Detrick.

Audit Shows $34,000 From Gray Campaign To Staffer

An audit of D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's transition and inaugural finances shows thousands of dollars in payments to a campaign staffer whose actions are being scrutinized in a federal investigation.

D.C., MD, VA Unlikely To Give Additional Funding To Metro

The region's three top leaders met Friday to discuss safety improvements at Metro and whether or not to give additional funds to the transit system.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Maryland Teen Pleads Guilty 2010 Murder Case

A Maryland teenager has pleaded guilty to murder in the death of a teacher at a youth detention facility in Prince George's County.