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Friday, July 22, 2011

Civil War Commemoration Stifled by Heat

The commemoration of the first major battle of the U.S. Civil War continues in Manassas today, and hundreds of history buff are expected to continue to brave the area's oppressive heat for the events.

Maryland Producers Urge Residents To 'Buy Local'

Maryland officials are urging residents to stock up on lots of local foods next week, and Gov. Martin O'Malley kicked off the week with a "buy local cookout" in Annapolis Thursday.

Strengthening U.S.-Israeli Relationship Could Boost Virginia’s Job Market

Recent events in the Middle East and the strained relationship between U.S. and Israeli leaders might give the impression that strengthening business ties between the two countries is out of the question. But the head of the Virginia-Israel Advisory Board says that couldn't be farther from the truth.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

For Dulles Metro Project, The Fight Is Far From Over

After months of intense negotiations, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority has dropped its plans to build an underground Metro Station at Dulles Airport. The move may have satisfied some local lawmakers, but negotiations on the project are far from over.

UDC Scores Low In Teacher Training Rankings

The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) is calling several student teaching programs in the D.C. area weak or poor, saying they inadequately prepare future educators for the classroom.

‘Art Beat’ With Sean Rameswaram

Bethesda's best in the City of Angels and all kinds of emotions in the District.

O'Malley To Talk About His Support For Same-Sex Marriage

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D-Md.) is scheduled to talk tomorrow about his support for same-sex marriage legislation.

Maryland Kicks Off Buy Local Challenge Week

Maryland kicks off a week-long effort to encourage residents to buy locally grown produce.

Virginia, Maryland Bond Ratings Could Be Lowered If The Federal Government Defaults

Both Maryland and Virginia could have their bond ratings lowered if Congress fails to raise the debt limit.

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.

Maryland Rates Poorly On Power Plant Pollution

Maryland fared badly in new rankings on pollution from power plants, but state officials say the findings are based on outdated information.

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