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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Disability Benefits In MoCo Changed By Council

Council members in Montgomery County, Md., have approved sweeping changes to disability retirement packages for county workers. The council passed the changes without going through collective bargaining, which has angered many.

Gallaudet Finds Deaf People Don't See Better, They See Differently

A new discovery at D.C.'s Gallaudet University challenges a widespread notion about people who don't hear.

New Red Light Cameras Unveiled In Fairfax

Fairfax, Va., is launching its Respect Red campaign, with red light cameras at two city intersections: North Street at University Drive and Fairfax Boulevard at Fairfax Circle.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

D.C. artists explore the lives of D.C. artists, American Temple brings purity tests and spiritual monkeys to Flashpoint and wordsmiths are invited to Bohemian Caverns.

Ted Loza Sentenced To 8 Months In Prison

Ted Loza, former chief of staff for D.C. Council member Jim Graham, was sentenced to eight months in prison Tuesday for participating in a corruption scheme related to the D.C. taxicab industry.

Homebuilders Group Sues EPA Over Bay Restoration

A homebuilders group is challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's strategy for restoring the Chesapeake Bay.

Attempted Sexual Assault In Montgomery Village Under Investigation

Sixth District police were called to Montgomery Village Avenue and Stewartown Road in Maryland on a report of an attempted rape Tuesday morning just after midnight.

D.C. Kicks Off 'Be Safe This Summer' Campaign

The District kicked off a campaign today to keep kids in D.C. safe this summer, as both government and community groups are making a push to fill the gap being left by a reduction in many summer programs due to budget cuts this year.

PHOTOS: Breast Cancer Patients Protest FDA Hearing On Avastin Drug

Breast cancer patients and their supporters are protesting at the Food and Drug Administration in Silver Spring this morning in support of the breast cancer drug Avastin.

Montgomery Co. Schools Superintendent Gives Farewell Address

In Maryland, Dr. Jerry Weast will retire Thursday after 12 years as the superintendent of Montgomery County schools. He sat in on his final Board of Education meeting Monday night.

Montgomery Co. Board Of Ed. Hears Charter School Proposals

Two groups are proposing Montgomery County's first charter schools, and the county's board of education got a full presentation on each of them at a board meeting Monday.

Dominion Customers To See Increase In Fuel Rate

Virginia regulators have approved a fuel rate increase request by Dominion Virginia Power, effective on the first of July. The rate increase will be spread over two years, as opposed to the original one year that Dominion proposed.

Marcum And Accused Killer May Have Had Money Dispute Before Her Death

More insight into the relationship between American University professor Sue Marcum and her alleged killer, including a dispute the two may have had before she died, has come to light.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Caribbean Carnival Organizer Says Police Rushed Parade

D.C. Police say Saturday's fatal shooting that happened near the Caribbean Carnival Festival was gang-related and had nothing to do with the popular parade. Meanwhile, organizers of the festival have come forward to complain that police rushed the parade.

Tangier Islanders Retain Unique Dialect

Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay is only a 90-minute ferry ride from the mainland of Virginia and Maryland, but the dialect of English spoken there transports tourists to a place that feels much more remote.

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