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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Advocates: Virginia Needs To Revamp Youth Mental Health Care

Some advocates for children with mental illnesses are calling on Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell to improve the way the commonwealth provides pediatric mental health care. They say many children in crisis aren't receiving the services they need.

Police Investigate Hate-Related Graffiti At Poolesville HS

Police in Montgomery County are investigating what they call a hate incident at a high school, as well as the theft of a utility vehicle from the school grounds.

D.C. Budget Blasted By Police Union Head

Within minutes of the D.C. Council's second and final vote on next year's budget, Fraternal Order of Police leader Kris Baumann sent an email to reporters stating the D.C. Council and Mayor Vincent Gray, "just made the city less safe."

Va. Student Safety Bills Signed Into Law

Several pieces of legislation designed to improve safety for school children in Virginia were signed into law Tuesday.

U.S. Open: Meet Tiger Woods' Replacement

Tiger Woods is the biggest name in golf. The man replacing him at this week's U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda is far from it.

Anything Can Be Purchased At U.S. Open Merchandise Tent

For fans attending this week's U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., there is no shortage of souvenirs to take home.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

African steps and mosaics, American poetry slams, and all of our animals.

Virginia Rep. Wants To Streamline Offshore Wind Projects

Virginia Congressman Rob Wittman (R) has introduced a bill to speed up offshore wind energy projects even before they reach the public hearing stage.

Metro Shares Safety Changes Ahead Of Red Line Crash Anniversary

Nearly two years after a fatal Metro crash on the Red Line, local leaders are still pushing for safety improvements across the system.

Rich Baltimore: Chemistry Class Shapes A Career

Rich Baltimore, a sustainability, energy and climate change consultant from the District, recalls the first time he made water out of thin air -- and the chain reaction it set off in his life.

At U.S. Open, Fans And Golfers Are Visitors, Birds Are Natives

While thousands will "flock" to Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., over the next four days for the U.S. Open, there will be some who will pay no attention to the golf.

Rally At Saudi Embassy Targets Ban On Female Drivers

Protesters in Washington are trying to bring attention to Saudi Arabia's ban on female drivers. They rallied outside the Saudi Embassy in downtown D.C. Tuesday afternoon.

The District's HIV/AIDS Report Shows Improvement

There are some new signs of progress in D.C.'s fight against HIV/AIDS, revealed in an annual report released by the D.C. government. While the number of new cases has dropped, the overall prevalence of HIV remains at epidemic levels.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Arlington County Libraries To Extend Hours

Additional funding means Arlington County, Va., is planning to expand its hours at several public library branches.

National Building Museum To Begin Charging Admission

Citing economic pressures, the National Building Museum in downtown D.C. is slated to begin charging admission in July. Certain areas of the museum and events held throughout the year will still be free, according to a statement from the museum.