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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Charges filed against Sky Express Bus Driver

A grand jury handed down four felony charges against the driver of a bus that crashed in Virginia in May, killing four passengers and injuring dozens more.

Police Close Baltimore Washington Parkway To Search For Armed Man

Maryland State Police and Anne Arundel County police are searching for an armed man along the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, but they say no one was injured.

Dalai Lama Kicks Off 10-Day Event In D.C.

Hundreds of people, many of them monks in long red religious garments, began streaming into the Verizon Center this morning for the opening prayers of the Dalai Lama's event in D.C. this week.

Arlington Co. Aims to Save Historic Garden Apartments

The Arlington County Board is getting ready to approve a comprehensive list of historic commercial and apartment buildings. It's the first such list to be created anywhere in the region.

New Employment Site Compiles D.C. Region's 'Green Jobs'

Job seekers have a new online tool for finding green jobs across the region.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

D.C. Council To Scrutinize Hate Crime Reporting

The District's ability to track and respond to hate crimes comes under a microscope this week.

O'Malley Starts Maryland Redistricting Process

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley has named the committee that will draft new voting district lines for the state.

D.C. Sierra Club Dives Into Dumpsters To Enforce Recycling

It's 10 p.m. and Peter Bergen is elbow-deep in trash. "It smells just like what a Dumpster should smell like. Very fresh. Something you'd want to wake up to in the morning," Bergen says.

Wal-Mart Coming To D.C.: Activists Want Promises In Writing

Community groups in the District are fighting for input when it comes time to negotiate with Wal-Mart. The retail giant is scheduled to open four stores in D.C. next year in Wards 4, 5, 6 and 7, and some want to see promises in writing about everything from wages to traffic.

Nitrogen-Eating Bacteria Helps Arlington Treat Waste Water

Local governments in Virginia are struggling to cope with new requirements to reduce the amount of pollution that's dumped into the Potomac River, and one of them has opted to take a novel approach.

Students At Rare Book School Get Hands Dirty With Age-Old Manuscripts

In the bowels of the main library at the University of Virginia, a handful of students hit the books throughout the summer -- with more than 80,000 rare volumes and manuscripts. As part of the University's Rare Book School, they learn to read books in a whole new way.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Alexandria gets all gooey, Shakespeare Theatre Company goes to Venice and the USS Cyclops remains AWOL.

Police Open Cold Case after DNA Links Rapes

Investigators say DNA connects the 1998 killing of a woman in Georgetown to a series of sexual assaults in Montgomery County during the same time period.

Kastles Stadium Opens With Venus Williams

The new Kastles Stadium built on the bank of the Potomac River, at the Southwest Waterfront, will host seven games this summer starting tonight with Venus Williams as the headliner.

'Nighttime Mayor' Of Ocean City Lives His Dream Life

If you look at the sun visor covering Mike Beatty's shaggy hair, the Hawaiian shirt on his back, or the tattered Vans on his feet, "mayor" might not be the first word that comes to mind.

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