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Friday, June 24, 2011

Police Search For Missing Girl From Silver Spring

Montgomery County Police are looking for a missing 16-year-old girl from Silver Spring, Md.

Pilot Project Rain Gardens Soak Up Stormwater

The D.C. Department of Environment wants the public to change the way they think about stormwater.

Leslie Johnson Hearing Scheduled For Thursday

In Maryland, Prince George's County Council member Leslie Johnson has a hearing scheduled for Thursday morning where she may plead guilty to corruption charges.

Victim's Family Attends Lululemon Reopening In Bethesda

A popular Bethesda yoga shop is opening its doors again, three months after police say an employee was murdered by her co-worker inside. The employee's parents and sister attended the reopening.

Dozer The Dog Runs Half Marathon, Raises Money For Cancer Center

A dog named Dozer who escaped from his owners' yard surprised them by going on to run most of the Maryland Half Marathon before returning home, dog tired.

National Aquarium Releases Seal Back Into Wild in Ocean City

A gray seal was released into the wild in Ocean City, Md. this morning, after months of rehabilitation at the National Aquarium in Baltimore.

Fairfax County To Hold Emergency Drill On Mass Medical Response

Virginia's Fairfax County will be holding a drill over the weekend to test its mass medical response in the event of any future pandemics or bioterrorism events.

CQ Roll Call: Canter Withdraws From Debt-Ceiling Talks, House Votes On U.S. Involvement With Libya, House Releases D.C. Appropriations Bill

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, discusses the latest news on Capitol Hill, including Eric Canter's withdrawal from the debt-ceiling negotiations, the House's decisions regarding U.S. involvement in Libya, and details on the D.C. Appropriations bill that came out of the House this week.

WaPo’s McCartney: Kaya Henderson, Gray’s Approval Rating, and Dulles Rail

WAMU Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey interviews Washington Post Metro columnist Robert McCartney on the confirmation of Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson, Mayor Vincent Gray’s slipping approval rating, and the fight over Metro’s Silver line.

Lululemon Reopens After Employee's Murder

It's been three months since the body of 30-year-old Jayna Murray was discovered brutally beaten inside Lululemon, the yoga-wear store in Bethesda. Now the store reopens with a new look as the community begins to heal.

Virginians Seeing Increase In Ticks This Year

Some Virginians are seeing an increase in ticks this year. But those impressions can be difficult to confirm, as the state doesn’t have a reliable system in place to keep track of the insects.

Langley Park Tenants, Living With Bedbugs And Mold, Fight Landlord

Tenants of several apartment complexes in the Langley Park neighborhood of Prince George's County say despite paying hundreds of thousands of dollars a month in rent, their apartments resemble a third world tenement. Now, they're asking county authorities to intervene.

New Reports Of Pedicab Crackdown Surface

The U.S. Park Police say they're not cracking down on the operators of pedicabs, the rickshaws strapped to bicycles often seen on the National Mall. But more allegations of harsh treatment are coming to light.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Yonathan Melaku, Man Detained In Pentagon Scare, Charged In Military Facility Shootings

UPDATE 10:36 a.m.: Yonathan Melaku, a Marine reservist who was detained during a security scare near the Pentagon Friday, has been charged in the 2010 shootings at several military facilities in the area.

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.

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