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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Metrobus Drivers Don't Walk Out, But Express Concern Over Safety

Metrobus drivers didn't walk out today, as they had threatened to do yesterday, but some are saying they are still concerned that management is not paying attention to their concerns about driver safety.

Frederick Schools, Parents Fight Over Banning Textbook

The Frederick County School board will not remove a textbook that's raising eyebrows among some parents from the school's curriculum, at least for now.

"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.

Tune Inn: A Washington Institution

Owners of the Tune Inn, a popular watering hole on Capitol Hill, say they plan to re-open the bar as soon as possible, after a fire gutted the bars kitchen early Wednesday.

Yonathan Melaku, Man Detained In Pentagon Scare, Charged In Military Facility Shootings

UPDATE 10:36 a.m.: Yonathan Melaku, a Marine reservist who was detained during a security scare near the Pentagon Friday, has been charged in the 2010 shootings at several military facilities in the area.

D.C. Mayor Promises Park To Red Line Crash Victims' Families

Families of the people killed in a 2009 Metro train crash are asking the District to create a new park near the crash site dedicated to those who died. And D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray says it needs to happen.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Senegal's Youssou N'Dour, early Billy Shakes and cross-dressing for a cause.

While Metro Police Face Cutbacks, Federal Anti-Terror Funds Flow

Metro's Board of Directors is scheduled to cast its final vote on the transit system's budget this morning, and that may include a cut for its Police Department - the first such reduction in at least six years. But while Metro's crime fighting resources might be going down, it's budget for terrorism prevention is going up.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Families Of Metro Crash Victims Share Raw Emotions

Two years ago, a packed rush-hour Metro train traveling at nearly full-speed crashed into another train near the Fort Totten station. It was the deadliest accident in Metro's history. Families shared grief, and anger, at a memorial service Wednesday.

Frederick County Examines Third-Grade Social Studies Textbook

The Frederick County School Board in Maryland is reviewing a third-grade social studies textbook, which some parents say is promoting a liberal agenda.

James Abbatiello: Would I Be A Good Dad?

James Abbatiello, a science teacher at Hammond Middle School in Virginia, learned he would be a good father when he saved someone else's son.

Tune Inn Fire: D.C. Takes To Twitter

A fire struck Capitol Hill restaurant and bar Tune Inn around 7 a.m. today, and caused moderate damage, according to D.C. Fire and EMS.

Grand Jury Investigates Gray Campaign

A grand jury is now investigating the allegations against the 2010 campaign of D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, NBC Washington reports.

Traffic Lights Malfunctioning In Montgomery Co. For Morning Commute

More than 200 traffic lights were out of sync in Montgomery County Wednesday morning, and the malfunction is expected to tie up traffic around the Interstate-270 corridor through the morning commute. The computer system has been restored and the lights are now functioning normally.

On Anniversary Of Red Line Crash, Metro Remembers Victims

On a day that marked the second anniversary of the Red Line train crash near the Fort Totten Metro station, emotions ran high among victims' families as they called for the city to dedicate a park to the nine people that died.

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