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Monday, August 8, 2011

Prince William Co. Police Investigating Taser Death

Police in Prince William County are investigating the circumstances surrounding a man who died after being shocked with a Taser by police.

Verizon Employees To Demonstrate In Silver Spring

Hundreds of Verizon employees from across the region are gathering in Silver Spring this afternoon to demonstrate against the company after contract negotiations fell apart this weekend.

Nats' Strasburg Makes First Minor League Start Since Surgery

Washington Nationals' star pitcher Stephen Strasburg has been out of commission since he underwent elbow surgery in September. He's finally ready to start his comeback, and a crowd of fans at a minor league game Sunday got a glimpse of what's to come from the 23-year-old ace.

D.C. Tennis Tournament Showcases More Than Superstars

D.C.'s premiere tennis tournament, the Legg Mason Tennis Classic, wrapped up over the weekend and the tournament's goals reach beyond a showcase of world class tennis talent.

Teen Says 'Trouble Just Seems To Find Me'

For young people with little to keep them busy during the summer months in D.C., staying out of trouble sometimes can be easier said than done. Two teens currently participating in a support and rehabilitation program for teenage offenders talk about what led them to break the law.

Consider This By Fred Fiske: Teachers

It's been a long time since I've looked at it, but among my memorabilia in my desk drawers is a document that licenses me to teach speech and English in the New York City high schools. As a matter of fact, if it had not been for a snap decision I made in 1947 on a train ride from Lexington, Ky. to New York, to hop off the train in Washington, I might have spent my life as a teacher, rather than as a broadcaster.

Maryland's First Solar Tracking Electric Vehicle Charger Opens In Bethesda

Montgomery County is now home to the state's first solar tracking electric vehicle charger. State officials and alternative energy advocates gathered in Bethesda this morning to show off the latest advancement in Maryland's march toward clean renewable energy.

DCPS Needs Volunteers To 'Beautify' Schools

D.C. Public Schools is asking volunteers to sign up for Beautification Day on August 20. It's part of an effort to get buildings ready for the first day of school.

Verizon Workers On Strike, Rallied In Silver Spring

Hundreds of Verizon workers participated in a boisterous rally outside of one of the company's facilities in Silver Spring, Md. today.

Seniors Beat The Heat With Art And Other Workshops

In the midst of a record-breaking heat wave, some people who might not have a place to cool off are finding refuge in Woodley Park and Tenleytown. And some D.C. residents over 60 are taking a break at an indoor art workshop.

Volunteers To Help Sea Turtles

This is the time of year when endangered sea-turtle nests are hatching, and volunteers in Virginia are trying to make sure hatchlings survive.

Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge Burning

Efforts to contain a fire in the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge have been thwarted by high temperatures, low humidity and winds. Refuge officials say the fire has spread to more than 1,000 acres since it was reported last Thursday.

Washington Adventist Hospital Brings Move Proposal Before Health Board

Officials from Washington Adventist Hospital in Montgomery County will go before state regulators today seeking approval to move from its Takoma Park home to a site near White Oak.

Maryland Stepping Up Efforts To Target Aggressive Drivers

Maryland law enforcement agencies are targeting aggressive drivers this week.

Sinkhole Closes Roads, Evacuates Apartments In Arlington

A collapsed retaining wall on a construction site caused major traffic issues this morning and led to the evacuation of a nearby apartment building in Rosslyn late last night, according to NBC Washington.

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