Local News from WAMU 88.5

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Residents At Juvenile Detention Center Learn Russian Literature

The Russian novelist Mikhail Lermontov published his book, "A Hero of our Time," more than 160 years ago. But that doesn’t mean that it can’t still resonate with readers today.

D.C. Police Chief Says Man Shot By Police Had BB Gun

The 18-year-old man shot and killed by police in the District Tuesday was carrying a BB gun, not an actual firearm, says D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier.

Former DCPS Teacher Faces More Allegations Of Inappropriate Sexual Relationships

Four more women allege former D.C. Public Schools teacher Robert Weismiller had inappropriate sexual relationships with them when they were students in Prince George's County, Md., and Prince William County, Va., in the 1970s and '80s.

Funeral Service For Former Maryland Governor Schaefer

In Maryland, three days of ceremonies for former governor William Donald Schaefer concluded with a funeral service in Baltimore, the city where he served four colorful terms as mayor.

Local Places To Celebrate The Royal Wedding

If your invitation to the Royal Wedding was lost in the mail fear not, there are ways to celebrate here in the Washingon metro area.

Drug Take-Back Day This Saturday In Montgomery County

For residents of Montgomery County, this weekend is the time to clean out that medicine cabinet. The county's police department is holding a prescription drug take-back day Saturday at several police stations.

Northern Va. Residents Wake Up To Minor Storm Damage

In Virginia, five people are dead after a line of powerful storms swept across the state late Wednesday night and Thursday morning. Several thousand people still remain without power, and the governor has declared a state of emergency.

Healthy Schools: D.C. Tries To Teach Students Good Habits

Four out of every 10 D.C. public school students are overweight or obese. The D.C. City Council passed the Healthy Schools Act as a way to tackle the problem.

Virginia Governor Declares State Of Emergency

UPDATE: Officials have reduced the number of storm deaths in Virginia to five, rather than eight. Four of the five deaths were in Washington County.

Latest D.C. News

WASHINGTON (AP) A judge says the District of Columbia police department doesn't have to search a Virginia landfill for a woman who's been missing since August and is presumed dead. Prosecutors argued the search would be dangerous, expensive and had a minimal chance of success.

Latest Maryland News

BALTIMORE (AP) Former Baltimore mayor and Maryland Gov. William Donald Schaefer has been remembered as a longtime cheerleader for the city during a political career that lasted more than 50 years. Funeral services were held Wednesday for the 89-year-old, who was Baltimore's mayor from 1971 to 1986 and governor from 1987 to 1995.

Maryland News Roundup

FINAL FAREWELL: Jean Marbella of the Sun writes about the funeral service celebrating William Donald Schaefer's life. The church was filled with leaders in Maryland politics, business and community life: Gov. Martin O'Malley, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, the state’s congressional delegation and Baltimore City Council members.

Death Toll Of Five After Tornado In Southwestern Virginia

UPDATE: Officials have reduced the number of deaths from storms in Virginia to five, rather than eight. A spokesperson from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management says communication problems with officials on the scene in Washington County resulted in a double count of some of the victims.

Coastal Flood Advisory In Effect

A coastal flood advisory will be in effect until 8 p.m. The advisory includes areas along the Chesapeake Bay and the Potomac River.

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