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Friday, May 6, 2011

Alexandria Renames City Jail For Slain Sheriff

The jail in Alexandria is now known as the William Truesdale Adult Detention Center, named for a slain deputy sheriff.

Maryland Basketball Coach Gary Williams Retires

Long time University of Maryland men's basketball coach Gary Williams will retire this year, according to a statement from the university released Thursday.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Bus Rapid Transit: 'Not Your Father's Bus'

Council members in Montgomery County, Md., received an update on plans to build Bus Rapid Transit lines in the county this week. The price tag for the plan is high, but at least one County Council member says it must be built because Montgomery County is losing the transit battle with its neighbors.

After Explosion, Authorities Advise Letting Pros Install Appliances

After an explosion leveled a home in Rockville and seriously injured two residents, Maryland authorities are reminding members of the public to hire professionals when installing gas appliances.

Suspicious Letters With White Power Found In D.C. Schools

Authorities now confirm that suspicious packages were found at 15 D.C. schools, which led to some partial evacuations.

Mount Pleasant Riots: May 5 Woven Into Neighborhood's History

The Mount Pleasant riots made it clear that, in D.C., race issues would never again just be a matter of black versus white.

UMD Basketball Coach Gary Williams To Retire

The University of Maryland Men's Basketball Coach -- Gary Williams -- is stepping down.

Rock N Roll Hotel Revitalizes H Street Corridor

The H Street corridor in Northeast D.C. was devastated by the 1968 riots in Washington, and struggled for decades afterward. But the area is in a period of revitalization now -- prompted in part by development around the Rock and Roll Hotel -- which turns five this fall.

House Passes Bill to Reopen Virginia Coastal Water to Drilling

The U.S. House has passed a bill that would reopen areas off Virginia's coast to oil and gas drilling, reversing the Obama administration decision to halt all lease sales there in the wake of the BP oil disaster.

Colleagues Honor Officer Killed While Wife Was Pregnant

A Montgomery County police officer killed in the line of duty while his wife was pregnant with triplets, is now immortalized at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

Alexandria Jail Named For Slain Deputy Sheriff

In Virginia, the Alexandria Adult Detention Center has a new name. The facility was renamed today in honor of a sheriff's deputy who was killed in the line of duty thirty years ago.

Suspicious Packages With White Power Found In 7 D.C. Schools

Update 4:11 p.m.: D.C. officials are investigating reports of 20 schools that have received suspicious letters containing a powdery white substance.

According to NBC Washington, the schools known at this time are:

  • William Powell Elementary School in Northwest
  • Terrell Elementary School in Southeast
  • Ronald Brown Middle School in Northeast
  • Martin Luther King Elementary School in Southeast
  • Lafayette Elementary School in Northwest
  • Hamilton Molten Academy in Northeast
  • School Without Walls Senior High School in Northwest
  • Ballou Senior High School in Southeast
  • Anacostia High School in Southeast
  • Burroughs Elementary School in Northeast
  • Spingarn High School in Northeast
  • Marie Reed School in Northwest
  • Peabody Elementary School in Northeast
  • Eight Budget Agreement Protesters May Opt To Go To Trial

    Several of the D.C. protesters arrested at demonstrations against the Congressional budget deal say they may opt to take their cases to trial.

    U.S. House to Vote on Offshore Drilling in Virginia

    The U.S. House is scheduled to vote today on legislation that could open Virginia waters to offshore oil and gas exploration.

    Protesters Head To D.C. Court

    Protesters from the demonstrations that last month led to 41 arrests, including that of D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and six D.C. council members, will appear in court today. But only 15 of those arrested will be in attendance.

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