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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

PHOTOS: Breast Cancer Patients Protest FDA Hearing On Avastin Drug

Breast cancer patients and their supporters are protesting at the Food and Drug Administration in Silver Spring this morning in support of the breast cancer drug Avastin.

Montgomery Co. Schools Superintendent Gives Farewell Address

In Maryland, Dr. Jerry Weast will retire Thursday after 12 years as the superintendent of Montgomery County schools. He sat in on his final Board of Education meeting Monday night.

Montgomery Co. Board Of Ed. Hears Charter School Proposals

Two groups are proposing Montgomery County's first charter schools, and the county's board of education got a full presentation on each of them at a board meeting Monday.

Dominion Customers To See Increase In Fuel Rate

Virginia regulators have approved a fuel rate increase request by Dominion Virginia Power, effective on the first of July. The rate increase will be spread over two years, as opposed to the original one year that Dominion proposed.

Marcum And Accused Killer May Have Had Money Dispute Before Her Death

More insight into the relationship between American University professor Sue Marcum and her alleged killer, including a dispute the two may have had before she died, has come to light.

After Shooting Near Caribbean Parade, Group Says Funds Are Needed To Fight Gangs

A 19-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the fatal shooting that happened near Saturday's Caribbean Festival Parade. The incident has some people questioning the city's gang-prevention efforts.

Report: Defense Department Schools Need Major Renovations

Three-quarters of schools run by the Defense Department on military bases worldwide are either beyond repair or would require extensive renovation before they meet the department's minimum standards, according to a new report. That includes four in Virginia rated "poor" or "failing."

McDonnell To Host Chesapeake Bay Executive Council Meeting

Governor Bob McDonnell will host the Chesapeake Bay Executive Council meeting with other governors in July, an announcement that comes at a time when a slew of new environmental laws are taking effect in the commonwealth.

DCPS Teachers, Staff Train To Help Students With Sex Education

Officials are working with teachers and staff in 10 D.C. public schools to train them on how to educate students who have questions about sexual health.

Wallops Island Will Still See NASA Action After Shuttle Program Ends

Millions of Americans will watch, next month, as the space shuttle blasts off for the last time. But the nation's space program will continue, and much of the action will be on Virginia's Wallops Island.

Gallaudet Finds Deaf People Don't See Better, They See Differently

A new discovery at D.C.'s Gallaudet University challenges a widespread notion about people who don't hear.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

D.C. artists explore the lives of D.C. artists, American Temple brings purity tests and spiritual monkeys to Flashpoint and wordsmiths are invited to Bohemian Caverns.

Monday, June 27, 2011

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.

Caribbean Carnival Organizer Says Police Rushed Parade

D.C. Police say Saturday's fatal shooting that happened near the Caribbean Carnival Festival was gang-related and had nothing to do with the popular parade. Meanwhile, organizers of the festival have come forward to complain that police rushed the parade.

Affidavit Says DNA Evidence Links Landeros To AU Professor's Murder

Agents with the FBI say they have DNA evidence which links a fugitive, now in Mexico, with the murder of a popular American University professor.

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