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Friday, June 24, 2011

After Riggleman Resigns, Nationals Name Interim Manager

UPDATE: The Washington Nationals named John McLaren interim manager Friday after the abrupt resignation of manager Jim Riggleman Thursday. A dispute over his contract reportedly prompted the move.

Parents Sing Praises Of Year-Round Elem. School Schedule

Today is the last day of the school year for students in Arlington County Public Schools -- but not every summer break is created equal. At Barcroft Elementary, they use what's called an extended school calendar.

Police Search For Missing Girl From Silver Spring

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

MoCo Fire Chief On Fireworks: 'You Light It, We'll Write It'

What is and isn't illegal when it comes to fireworks differs among the many jurisdictions of the D.C. region. But local fire departments all agree on one thing: Leave fireworks to the professionals.

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.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Olney shows love for its community, the National Gallery of Art screens the work of Kevin Jerome Everson and the search for the federal government’s funniest employee continues.

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.

Pilot Project Rain Gardens Soak Up Stormwater

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

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.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

"TrailMix" Event to Highlight W&OD Trail's Ties to Civil War

A new event called the Dominion "TrailMix" is putting a spotlight on Northern Virginia's Washington and Old Dominion Trail, and its key role in the Civil War.

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