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Friday, July 22, 2011

D.C. Heat Wave Shows No Signs Of Letting Up

It was already 80 degrees around dawn this morning, and local officials are urging people to take seriously the health and safety warnings that go along with extreme heat.

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.

Pedicabbers Call D.C.'s New Regulations Unfair, Unnecessary

Next week, D.C. is scheduled to enact new safety regulations for pedicabs, those rickshaws strapped to bicycles you often see on the National Mall.

DEW Tour Expected To Draw Huge Crowds in Ocean City

The 2011 DEW Tour for extreme sports events is expected to bring huge crowds to Ocean City, Md. this weekend despite a sweltering forecast. Hundreds of the world's top extreme sports athletes will compete right on the beach.

Federal Default Could Drag Down Virginia and Maryland

If the U.S. government defaults on its debts, both Maryland and Virginia could see their bond ratings lowered, a change that would eventually trickle down to taxpayers.

No FAA Funding Deal Means Furlough for Nearly 1000 D.C. Area Workers

The debt ceiling isn't the only area where national lawmakers are having a tough time finding common ground. At midnight tonight portions of the Federal Aviation Administration will shutdown, putting a disproportionate number of local aviation workers on furlough.

‘Art Beat’ With Sean Rameswaram

Conversations with Earth, Japanese ceramics, a double dose of theater and The Lion of Zimbabwe.

O'Malley Says He Will Sponsor Same-Sex Marriage Bill Next Year

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has made it official. He will sponsor a bill to allow for same-sex marriages in the state during next year's legislative session.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Pledges $50M for Clean Energy

New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg says now is the perfect time to talk about air quality.

Washington Humane Society Looks Out For Animals During Heat Wave

When the temperatures spike, Jennifer Gardner hits the road.

Teens' Play Brings Anti-Bullying Message To Capital Fringe

Bullying hurts young people physically and mentally, and a new play written by D.C. high school students aims to bring that issue to the forefront.

Maryland's State Police Superintendent Terrence Sheridan Retiring

Sheridan is retiring after 46 years of law enforcement service. He was the chief of the Baltimore County Police Department for more than 11 years before becoming the superintendent in 2007.

Johnny Depp Revitalizes Role of Tanto In Remake Of Lone Ranger

A Hollywood remake of The Lone Ranger is in the works with Johnny Depp playing Tonto. The fictional characters first appeared nearly 80 years ago, and their success is measured not only in their longevity but also in the profitability of their brand.

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