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Monday, July 11, 2011

Va. Tech Professor Brings Minds, Machines Together In 'Laptop Orchestra'

Not all orchestras are made up of just cellos and violins. One composer in Virginia is making use of salad bowls and lawnmowers to create pieces for what he calls a "laptop orchestra."

Cardin Says Federal Budget Deal Will Not Affect BRAC Projects In Maryland

As President Obama continues his series of face-to-face meetings on the budget deficit, Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) is speaking out about the federal budget and its impact in the state.

Consider This By Fred Fiske: Concerts

If you don't think the gods have a weird sense of humor, then you probably haven't attended many school performances.

City Council Tries Again on Cigar-Smoking Exemption

It's round two for the D.C. Council and its attempt to allow cigar smoking at a boxing-themed charity event.

Moran to Hold Interactive Budget Workshop for Residents

Northern Virginia residents with ideas on how to cut the federal budget deficit will get a chance to share those ideas later today.

Presidential Historian Charged with Stealing Millions

Two men from New York City, including a presidential historian, are charged with stealing millions of dollars in documents from the Maryland Historical Society.

Top Environmental Officials To Discuss Restoration Of Chesapeake Bay

The nation's top environmental official and several governors from Chesapeake Bay watershed states are gathering in Richmond to size up progress in the restoration of the bay.

Water Main Work Closes A Lane On Canal Road Until September

The District's Water and Sewer Authority begins construction on a 48-inch water main today, which will close one eastbound lane of Canal Road until September.

CQ Roll Call: Back To Drawing Board On Deficit Reduction Talks, Calif. Special Election

WAMU Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey interviews David Hawkings, editor of CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, on the continued stalmate on the federal debt limit, where President Obama goes from here, and a special election happening tomorrow in California.

D.C. Named Sixth Hottest City In U.S.

Washington, D.C. was recently ranked as the sixth hottest city in the nation by the Weather Channel, and with today's high temperature and humidity, many will likely agree with that ranking.

Jury Selection Continues In Roger Clemens Trial

Former Major League Baseball pitcher Roger Clemens will be in federal court in Washington again today for jury selection in his trial stemming from his 2008 testimony to Congress regarding his use of steroids. He's charged with lying to congress about performance enhancing drugs.

Ocean City Boardwalk Artist Sues City Government

A street performer is suing the city of Ocean City, Md., charging the town violated his First Amendment rights.

Transportation Funding Debate Could Have Big Impacts In D.C. Region

The debate over transportation funding is heating up on Capitol Hill, and that could have an impact on the region's roads and construction workforce.

Three Small Planes Intercepted In Camp David Airspace

Three small airplanes have been intercepted by jet fighters this weekend after flying too close to the presidential retreat at Camp David.

African American Civil War Museum To Hold Grand Opening

The African American Civil War Museum is reopening in a new location in D.C. to give it more space for exhibits and programs.

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