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Friday, July 8, 2011

Kwame Brown Case Referred To Federal Investigators

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown is now the third city lawmaker facing scrutiny from federal investigators. Election officials say the U.S. Attorney's office has taken records related to Brown's 2008 campaign and it's now up to federal authorities to decide what happens next.

Virginia Pushing For Regulations To Allow Public To Reclaim Used Water

Virginia is considered a water-rich state, yet during periods of minimal rain, the state struggles to maintain its potable water levels.

University of Maryland Students Look For Watershed Moment at Solar Decathlon

What if every home in the Chesapeake Bay area was built with the bay in mind? Students at the University of Maryland say that’s exactly what their house – called WaterShed – for the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon is all about.

Experts Suggest Stronger Efforts To Combat Obesity In D.C. Area

There are policies in place in the District to try and halt the growing rates of obesity. But experts say that isn't enough.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Human Landscape Dance does the Odysseus and the Icarus, a Ukulele festival, South County shots and Animal Collective finally plays its last album's namesake.

Results For The 2011 Standardized Test Scores For D.C.P.S. Have Been Released

The preliminary results of the 2011 standardized tests for D.C. Public Schools has been released. While there have been increases at the secondary school level, this is the second year elementary school scores have fallen.

Castleton Farms Brings Unique Music Festival To Rappahannock County, Va.

The winding roads of Rappahannock County in Virginia are scenic and sparsely populated -- with approximately 26 people per square mile. But each summer the number swells by about a thousand people per day, as visitors and participants converge on a unique summer festival called Castleton Farms.

Trial Date Set In Lululemon Homicide

An October 24 trial date has been set for a woman charged with killing a coworker at an upscale yoga clothing shop in Bethesda.

CQ Roll Call: Obama Continues Debt Ceiling Talks This Weekend, Congress Works On Cutting Its Own Budget

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, offers the latest news on Capitol Hill, including the continuing talks on the deficit reductions and Congress' plan to cut its own budget.

WaPo's McCartney: Voters Decide On Maryland DREAM Act, D.C.P.S. Releases This Years Test Scores

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney gives an analysis of this week's top news, including the fate the DREAM Act in Maryland, and the release of the latest test scores for elementary and secondary schools in the District.

Weekend Delays On Inner Loop

Construction work on the Wilson Bridge Project will cause delays this weekend on the Capital Beltway.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Virginia Motorists To Be Required To Get The Same Emissions Test As NoVa

Motorists in most of Virginia will soon be required to get the same vehicle emissions testing now required in Northern Virginia.

Volunteers With Surfrider Foundation Transform Land Into Rain Garden

As residents wait for new projects to be built in the neighborhood near National's Park, some environmental activists are teaming up with a local developer to transform a construction site into a runoff-reducing rain garden.

After Taser Robbery, Germantown Residents Question Safety

Germantown residents are now questioning the safety of a particular bank location as authorities continue search for the thief who used Taser to rob an ATM customer there.

Hate Crimes Against Whites And Latinos Rise In D.C.

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says hate crimes targeting whites and Latinos are on the rise. This statistic comes from a report showing that hate crimes in general increased by almost 70 percent last year.

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