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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Decision On Charter Schools Today In Montgomery County

Later this morning, Board of Education members in Montgomery County could approve plans for the first charter school in the county.

Capital Fringe Festival Kicks Off Today

Today is the first day of the Capital Fringe Festival: biggest unjuried festival of self-produced theater in the region.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Race-based hate crimes up nearly 40 percent in D.C.

D.C. Police say the total number of hate-crimes increased by nearly 70 percent last year.

Police Search For Taser-Wielding Robber

Police are searching for a suspect who used a Taser to rob a man at an outdoor ATM machine in Montgomery County.

Gray Reverses Course On Dulles Metro Station

A key supporter of an underground Metro Station at Dulles Airport has reversed course.

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.

Virginia Agencies To Check For Undocumented Workers

A Virginia government review board says state agencies and their contractors are not doing enough to make sure that the workers they hire are legal, and they're advocating for wider use of the electronic E-Verify system.

Fairfax County Fights Bill That Could Allow Taller Cell Towers

Members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors are worried that a bill under consideration in Congress would undermine their local zoning authority.

D.C. Council Targets Pepco's Reliability

With weather-related power outages this year dragging on sometimes for days, the D.C. Council is looking at ways to make the energy companies, including Pepco, more accountable.

Md. Legislature Will Tackle Redistricting In October

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley is expected to call a special legislative session the week of October 17, according to the Associated Press. But some of the policy issues the General Assembly will consider this fall are still to be determined.

P.G. County Council Cuts Off Leslie Johnson

Prince George's County Council member Leslie Johnson says she'll resign her position at the end of this month, but that isn't enough for her fellow council members. The council is calling on Johnson to step down immediately.

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