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Friday, August 26, 2011

MLK Memorial Dedication Postponed

Sunday's ceremonies to dedicate the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial have been postponed.

Hurricane Irene Forces First Ocean City Evacuation Since 1985

Ocean City, Md. is evacuating for the first time in 26 years as the region braces for the potential wrath of Hurricane Irene.

Pretty Good Odds Of Dismissal On D.C. Traffic Tickets

Good news for D.C. drivers: as it turns out, the chances for getting a traffic ticket thrown out in the District are pretty good.

Maryland Prepares For Hurricane Irene

Officials have already evacuated Ocean City, Md., and now state officials are also encouraging those in other low-lying coastal areas to seek higher ground.

D.C. Police To Encrypt Radio Communications

After decades of use, D.C.’s police scanners are about to go silent. Next month, the Metropolitan Police Department will start encrypting its radio communications.

Earthquake Damages Historic Alexandria Tavern

One of the most historic buildings in Old Town Alexandria has been damaged by Tuesday's earthquake and the extent of the damage is still being assessed.

Alexandria, Va. Declares Local Emergency in Anticipation of Irene

The city manager for Alexandria, Va. has declared a local emergency, making it easier for the city to request assistance from the state.

D.C. Police Officer Charged with DUI, Shooting

A D.C. Police Officer has been charged with DUI and assault with a dangerous weapon after a shooting near 1st and Pearce Streets Northwest. Police are looking into whether the incident was motivated by bias.

PEPCO Warnings Prompt Residents To Snap Up Emergency Supplies

Stores around the D.C. area are packed, as residents heed the warning from PEPCO to purchase supplies in anticipation of the possible power outages from Hurricane Irene.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Va. Governor Declares State of Emergency, Activates National Guard

Gov. Bob McDonnell has declared a state of emergency in Virginia and he's put about 250 members of the state's national guard on alert in response to Hurricane Irene, which is expected to hit the eastern coastline this weekend.

Street Signs Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unveiled

City leaders in the District unveiled several "Martin Luther King Jr." street signs Thursday near the new memorial for the slain civil rights leader.

Officials Say Check Well Water After Earthquake

Health officials in Virginia are urging people who get their water from private wells to check the water quality following this week's 5.8 magnitude earthquake.

Ocean City Evacuates, Region Prepares For Hurricane Irene

A state of emergency has been issued for Maryland, but residents in Ocean City are asked to evacuate the area immediately in advance of the arrival of Hurricane Irene, according Mayor Rick Meehan. Residents should be evacuated by 5 p.m. Friday, Meehan tells WRAU 88.3 Ocean City.

Washington Monument Damage More Extensive Than Originally Thought

The Washington Monument remains closed today after further inspections gave a better picture of the damage caused by Tuesday's earthquake.

DCPS Open Today, Except For School Without Walls

D.C.'s public schools will open on time this morning with the exception of School Without Walls in Ward 2. That school is expected to remain closed for the remainder of the week for while the building is repaired.

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