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Friday, July 22, 2011

DEW Tour Expected To Draw Huge Crowds in Ocean City

The 2011 DEW Tour for extreme sports events is expected to bring huge crowds to Ocean City, Md. this weekend despite a sweltering forecast. Hundreds of the world's top extreme sports athletes will compete right on the beach.

Federal Default Could Drag Down Virginia and Maryland

If the U.S. government defaults on its debts, both Maryland and Virginia could see their bond ratings lowered, a change that would eventually trickle down to taxpayers.

No FAA Funding Deal Means Furlough for Nearly 1000 D.C. Area Workers

The debt ceiling isn't the only area where national lawmakers are having a tough time finding common ground. At midnight tonight portions of the Federal Aviation Administration will shutdown, putting a disproportionate number of local aviation workers on furlough.

‘Art Beat’ With Sean Rameswaram

Conversations with Earth, Japanese ceramics, a double dose of theater and The Lion of Zimbabwe.

O'Malley Says He Will Sponsor Same-Sex Marriage Bill Next Year

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has made it official. He will sponsor a bill to allow for same-sex marriages in the state during next year's legislative session.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Pledges $50M for Clean Energy

New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg says now is the perfect time to talk about air quality.

Washington Humane Society Looks Out For Animals During Heat Wave

When the temperatures spike, Jennifer Gardner hits the road.

Teens' Play Brings Anti-Bullying Message To Capital Fringe

Bullying hurts young people physically and mentally, and a new play written by D.C. high school students aims to bring that issue to the forefront.

Maryland's State Police Superintendent Terrence Sheridan Retiring

Sheridan is retiring after 46 years of law enforcement service. He was the chief of the Baltimore County Police Department for more than 11 years before becoming the superintendent in 2007.

Johnny Depp Revitalizes Role of Tanto In Remake Of Lone Ranger

A Hollywood remake of The Lone Ranger is in the works with Johnny Depp playing Tonto. The fictional characters first appeared nearly 80 years ago, and their success is measured not only in their longevity but also in the profitability of their brand.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Burglaries Continue To Rise In Montgomery County

Statistics show crime remains down overall in Montgomery County. But, there is one crime that continues to rise, much to the frustration of police.

McDonnell Kicks Off Civil War Remembrance

Gov. Bob McDonnell helped kicked off what will be four days of remembrance and Civil War education for the uninitiated.

BRAC Update Meeting Planned For Stafford County, Va.

A community meeting is planned tonight in Stafford County, Va. to inform residents of the plans for changes resulting from the Department of Defense's Base Realignment and Closure process.

Firefighter Hospitalized After Rockville Fire

A fire along Rockville Pike in Montgomery County caused traffic problems earlier this morning, and it also raised concerns about the incoming heatwave.

D.C.'s Lone Gun Dealer To Rent Space At Police HQ

D.C.'s only federally licensed gun dealer could be reopening his shop at the city's police headquarters, now the district has officially offered him space.

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