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Thursday, June 23, 2011

D.C. Mayor Promises Park To Red Line Crash Victims' Families

Families of the people killed in a 2009 Metro train crash are asking the District to create a new park near the crash site dedicated to those who died. And D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray says it needs to happen.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Senegal's Youssou N'Dour, early Billy Shakes and cross-dressing for a cause.

While Metro Police Face Cutbacks, Federal Anti-Terror Funds Flow

Metro's Board of Directors is scheduled to cast its final vote on the transit system's budget this morning, and that may include a cut for its Police Department - the first such reduction in at least six years. But while Metro's crime fighting resources might be going down, it's budget for terrorism prevention is going up.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Activists Look To Illuminate Lighting Issues

Some environmental activists want to shed light on the subject of energy use, and they say the District's street lamps are a good place to start.

First Dominion 'TrailMix' To Blend Environmental Cleanup, Fitness

Virginia's first lady, Maureen McDonnell, is trying to bring more attention to the 45-mile-long Washington and Old Dominion Trail. She visited Arlington County Wednesday to kick off that effort.

Families Of Metro Crash Victims Share Raw Emotions

Two years ago, a packed rush-hour Metro train traveling at nearly full-speed crashed into another train near the Fort Totten station. It was the deadliest accident in Metro's history. Families shared grief, and anger, at a memorial service Wednesday.

Frederick County Examines Third-Grade Social Studies Textbook

The Frederick County School Board in Maryland is reviewing a third-grade social studies textbook, which some parents say is promoting a liberal agenda.

James Abbatiello: Would I Be A Good Dad?

James Abbatiello, a science teacher at Hammond Middle School in Virginia, learned he would be a good father when he saved someone else's son.

Tune Inn Fire: D.C. Takes To Twitter

A fire struck Capitol Hill restaurant and bar Tune Inn around 7 a.m. today, and caused moderate damage, according to D.C. Fire and EMS.

Grand Jury Investigates Gray Campaign

A grand jury is now investigating the allegations against the 2010 campaign of D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, NBC Washington reports.

Traffic Lights Malfunctioning In Montgomery Co. For Morning Commute

More than 200 traffic lights were out of sync in Montgomery County Wednesday morning, and the malfunction is expected to tie up traffic around the Interstate-270 corridor through the morning commute. The computer system has been restored and the lights are now functioning normally.

On Anniversary Of Red Line Crash, Metro Remembers Victims

On a day that marked the second anniversary of the Red Line train crash near the Fort Totten Metro station, emotions ran high among victims' families as they called for the city to dedicate a park to the nine people that died.

D.C. Council Eyes More Ethics Reform Bills

With several ongoing scandals and outside investigations, the D.C. Council continues to look at ways it can better police itself.

D.C. Water Report Highlights Methods Used To Purify Water

The release of the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority's 2010 drinking water quality report not only details how clean the water is, but the methods the authority uses to make it that way.

Skepticism About New Cigarette Labeling at Local Tobacco Shop

The Food and Drug Administration is forcing tobacco companies to make the most significant changes in cigarette packaging in 25 years, but not everyone thinks it'll make a difference.

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