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Monday, May 30, 2011

What Is BRAC? Your Questions Answered

A quick guide to the basics of BRAC's local impacts. WAMU 88.5's The Kojo Nnamdi Show will be exploring its various effects on the D.C. region throughout the month of June, and WAMU 88.5 News has compiled its coverage from the past year.

Adopt A Trail In Maryland For National Trails Day

National Trails Day is next weekend and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources is looking for volunteers to help maintain trails at state parks across Maryland.

Virginia's Libraries Seek To Preserve WWII Memories

The ]Library of Virginia](http://www.lva.virginia.gov/) wants World War II veterans and their families to share diaries, correspondence, and other materials.

After Dancing Arrests, Park Police Launch Inquiry

After the arrests of several protesters for dancing at the Jefferson Memorial Saturday was caught on video, the U.S. Park Police has launched an inquiry into the conduct of the arresting officers, according to an NBC4 report.

Heat Advisory In Effect Today, Tomorrow

It's going to be hot out there today and tomorrow, and health officials in the area have issued a heat advisory as of noon today. The advisory is scheduled to last until 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Yvette Lewis Named Acting Md. Democratic Party Chair

Maryland Democrats have a new acting party chair: Yvette Lewis, a longtime political volunteer with an unusual background.

Police Seek Arsonist In Laurel Car Fires

Authorities in Maryland are looking for an arsonist set fire to two vehicles used by the Deputy City Administrator of Laurel.

Group Seeks National Recognition For WWI Memorial

On the National Mall, you'll find national memorials to three of the 20th century's major wars: World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. But you won't find a national memorial to World War I.

MoCo GOP Members Cast Straw Votes For 2012

Montgomery County's registered voters are overwhelmingly Democrat, but that didn't stop Republican activists from conducting a straw poll to see which GOP presidential contenders the county's voters would support in the 2012 election.

Authorities Warn Of Bay Bridge Traffic Returning From Shore

If last week's estimates of the number of vacationers from the D.C. area heading east this weekend hold true, then the ride back over the Bay Bridge could be a challenge.

Memorial Day Events In D.C.

The National Memorial Day Parade kicks off Monday afternoon in downtown Washington, and other events take place throughout the day.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Search For Missing Boater Continues In The Chesapeake

Authorities in Maryland are continuing to search the Chesapeake Bay for a missing boater.

Va. DMV Halts Overhaul Of Customer-Service Systems

Virginia's Department of Motor Vehicles has temporarily stopped work on an overhaul of its customer-service computer systems as it exits a deal with a contractor on the project.

Sarah Palin Joins Rolling Thunder Crowd

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin rode a motorcycle into the Pentagon parking Sunday to meet the Rolling Thunder parade participants, the Associated Press reports.

Efforts Underway To Repeal Md. Version Of DREAM Act

In Maryland, a local organization is pushing to repeal a recently enacted law, which grants in-state college tuition rates to undocumented students.