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Thursday, May 5, 2011

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.

UMD Basketball Coach Gary Williams To Retire

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

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.

    Wednesday, May 4, 2011

    Prince Charles Visits Urban Farm in D.C.

    An urban farm in Washington D.C. got the royal treatment Tuesday as England's Prince Charles flew in to tour it.

    Report: Va. Children's Mental Health Services Lacking

    Administrators with the nonprofit advocacy group Voices for Virginia's Children say there's a lack of community mental health services for children across the Commonwealth.

    Montgomery County Passes Bag Tax

    Ready your totes, Montgomery County. At the start of next year, shoppers in the county will have to pay for disposable bags.

    Shaw's Roots: From 'Heart Of Chocolate City' To 'Little United Nations'

    An influx of new residents and businesses to the Shaw neighborhood in Northwest D.C. has some people welcoming progress, but is leading others to leave what many consider to be the heart and soul of "Chocolate City."

    Council Member Cheh Arrested At Abortion Funding Protest

    In the District, a group of local abortion rights activists are protesting on Capitol Hill and Council member Mary Cheh is among those who've been arrested.

    D.C. Council May Waive Waiting Period For Gun Owners

    With the District's only licensed firearms dealer temporarily out of business, city lawmakers are looking at ways provide some concessions to prospective gun owners.

    Protesters Oppose Bill Banning Abortion Funding

    UPDATE: Eight arrested in protest over abortion funding, including D.C. Council member Mary Cheh. Activists are gathering on Capitol Hill to protest a House resolution that would ban the District from spending local dollars on abortions.

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