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Sunday, June 24, 2012

'Rally Of Honor' Held For Ousted UVA President

A "Rally for Honor" is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at UVA to support the university's ousted president, Teresa Sullivan.

Virginia Law Shields Police From Transparency

A lack of transparency is drawing attention to Virginia as a potential hotbed of corruption.

Mega Millions Prize Heading To Virginia Literary Fund

The winner of the $250,000 Mega Millions still has not stepped forward, which means the Virginia Literary Fund will receive the money.

House Appropriations Cuts EPA Funding

Some Democrats in the region are upset that House Republicans are trying to slash clean air funding.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Postal Museum Set To Open New Gallery

The National Postal Museum will be opening a new gallery showcasing more than 20,000 objects.

Beltway Construction Affects Traffic

Drivers are advised to avoid the outer loop of the Capital Beltway near the Woodrow Wilson Bridge because of ongoing construction.

Smithsonian's Film Festival Features Clint Eastwood Westerns

A three-day film festival at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History is featuring Clint Eastwood westerns.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Analysis: House Takes Up Farm Bill, Sequestration Amendment

The Farm Bill has passed through the Senate, which leaves the House to consider an amendment made which could have significant financial impacts on the D.C. area.

Freak Accident In Riverdale Leaves 5 Children Hospitalized

A two-vehicle accident in Riverdale, Md. sent seven people to the hospital, including a group of children who were simply playing in a wading pool in the front yard of a nearby house.

Cheating Violations Found In 3 DCPS Schools

A firm tasked with rooting out cheating on standardized tests in D.C. public schools found three violations in the more than 1,200 classrooms in the District.

Special Olympics Supporters Go 'Over The Edge'

Fundraisers for the Special Olympics in Northern Virginia say the courage it took to rappel 15 stories pales in comparison to the courage of the athletes they support.

Weekend Track Work Snares Orange, Blue, Red Lines

For those bouncing around the city this weekend, track work will add to your travel times on the Red, Blue and Orange lines, with buses replacing trains between East and West Falls Church.

Analysis: Students Protest At UVA, Board Meets To Consider Keeping Sullivan

After a tumultuous week at the University of Virginia, the board is planning to meet next week to discuss the possibility of keeping former president Teresa Sullivan. Jack Stripling, a senior reporter for The Chronicle of Higher Education, discusses the issues.

Metro Crash 3rd Anniversary Marked With Memorial Plaque

City and Metro officials marked the third anniversary of the fatal crash on Metro's Red Line with the unveiling of a new plaque on the bridge that runs over the site of the accident. 

D.C. Wants Control Of Special Education Busing

The D.C. government is making the case that it should be able to take control of the transportation of special education students in the District. That transportation has been under federal oversight for several years.