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Saturday, June 18, 2011

National 9/11 Flag Tour Comes To Frederick

A giant U.S. flag damaged in the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York is coming to Frederick for a charity event involving needles and thread.

Virginia Redistricting Plan Approved by Department of Justice

Virginia Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli says the U.S. Justice Department has approved the state's legislative redistricting plan.

Ocean City Retracts Free Gas Giveaway

In Maryland, the Ocean City Council is reversing an earlier decision to put $100,000 worth of free gas into the tanks of visiting tourists this summer.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Lawmakers Look To Move Past Weiner Scandal

Several of the region's lawmakers say it's good that New York Congressman Anthony Weiner has resigned. Maryland Democrat Dutch Ruppersberger says it's time to move on.

Alexandra Pushing Back Decision On Waterfront

In Virginia, members of the Alexandria City Council are pushing back a major decision about the future of the city's waterfront.

Lincoln Letters Head to Auction

Letters written by Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and President Abraham Lincoln are headed to auction, revealing each man's deeply felt views as the Civil War divided the nation.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Father's Day is here and the right event is near.

Groundwork Aims To Make D.C. Community Greener

After growing up being able to play outside in his neighborhood, one lifelong Ward 7 resident is on a mission to provide the same for today's youth, and grow his community by making it greener.

Marine Reservist Is The Suspect In The Pentagon Scare

The FBI is investigating what a Marine reservist was doing at Arlington National cemetery after it closed, carrying a backpack that contained suspicious materials.

CQ Roll Call: Weiner Resigns, Residual Effects For Democrats, Replacing Weiner's Seat, Obama And Boehner To Golf

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks about the top stories on Capitol Hill week, including Anthony Weiner's resignation and the expected residual effects for the democrats, how Weiner's District is planning to fill his seat, and what we can expect from President Obama and Speaker Boehner's golf game this Saturday.

Last Hurrah Planned for Clifton Elementary

In Virginia Friday evening, teachers, current students and alumni of the soon-to-close Clifton Elementary in Fairfax County are gathering to celebrate the legacy of their neighborhood school.

Metro Work To Cause Weekend Delays

Metro riders can expect delays this weekend on parts of the red, orange, green, and blue lines due to scheduled maintenance work.

WaPo's McCartney: Ehrlich Aide Indicted Over Robocalls Case, Allen Releases Economic Blueprint, MoCo Dealing With Traffic from U.S. Open

Robert McCartney talks about the top stories going on around the region, including the indictment of a senior aide to former Gov. Robert Ehrlich over robocalls, the release of George Allen's economic blueprint, and the traffic effects from the U.S. Open on Montgomery County.

One Man In Custody As Police Investigate Suspicious Vehicle Near Pentagon

Authorities are investigating a suspicious vehicle that was found in the bushes near the Pentagon's north parking lot early this morning. Several major roads have been shut down around the Pentagon, tying up traffic for the morning commute.

Richmond Begins Restoring Former Slave Burial Ground

The city of Richmond is working to build a memorial to slaves believed to be buried at a site in Virginia's capital city. For years, the site was covered by a paved parking lot, but this spring, the city removed the asphalt to clear the way for a memorial.

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