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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Search For Missing Woman In Aruba Called Off

Aruban Authorities ended the active search for missing Frederick County resident Robyn Gardner, but continue to question Gary Giordano of Gaithersburg.

D.C. Residents To Get Preview Of MLK Jr. Memorial

D.C. Residents will get an exclusive preview of the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial on the National Mall several days before official dedication on Aug. 28.

Bay Bridge To Get A Fresh Coat Of Paint

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge is getting a makeover, including a new coat of paint.

Three More Victims Come Forward In Serial Butt Slasher Case

Police have identified three more potential victims of a serial slasher that has been frequenting malls and other retail locations in Northern Virginia.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

More Than 4,000 People Attend D.C. Job Fair

The latest unemployment report shows the District's unemployment rate has climbed above 10 percent, and today, more than 4,000 out-of-work residents attended a job fair in downtown DC.

New Targets For Crabs Mean Protections Remain

New federal targets for blue crabs mean crabbing limits in Maryland and Virginia will remain in place.

Reenactors To Mark 150th Anniversary Of Antietam Civil War Battle

Around 4,000 reenactors will take part in festivities marking the 150th anniversary next year of two Civil War battles fought in Maryland.

MPD Officer In Charge Of Police Escorts Demoted

The commander of the special operations division for D.C.'s police department says he's been demoted, according to an Associated Press report.

DDOT Giving Away 500 Bike Helmets To Capital Bikeshare Members

Members of Capital Bikeshare that don't have helmets might soon be getting them for free, as the District plans a helmet giveaway program at bike events around the city this fall.

Virginia Governor Creates Task Force To Monitor Mark Center Traffic

The first wave of employees being relocated to the Washington Headquarters Service at the Mark Center in Alexandria is moving in this week as part of the Base Realignment and Closure process.

Council Members Rake In Dollars As Wells Attempts Campaign Finance Reform

As the D.C. Council considers a proposal from Council member Tommy Wells to limit corporations and their owners from making multiple campaign donations, campaign finance records show council members continue to rake in cash through the practice.

Police Chief To Go Ahead With 'All Hands on Deck' This Weekend

D.C. police chief Kathy Lanier says she plans to go ahead with her 'All Hands on Deck' policy this weekend, despite a ruling by the Public Employee Relations Board. The program has prompted a battle between police officers and the force's top cop.

Virginia Lawmakers Debate Law Banning Attempts To Lure Children Into Cars

Virginia's crime commission is considering making it a crime to try to lure a child into a car.

Bethesda's New Electric Car Charging Station Was Kids' Idea

This week's installation of Maryland's first solar tracking electric vehicle charger might not have been possible without the encouragement of a group of teen siblings.

Seniors Beat the Heat With Free Indoor Workshops

In the midst of a record-breaking heat wave, some people who might not have a place to cool off are finding refuge in Woodley Park and Tenleytown.

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