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Monday, June 20, 2011

Cases Of Lyme Disease In Virginia And Maryland Increases

In recent years the number of cases of Lyme disease in Virginia and Maryland has grown as the ticks, which carry the disease multiply.

Fairfax Struggles to Restore Full Slate of Summer School Programs

Many public school systems in Virginia are wrapping up their school year this week, but the pursuit of knowledge will continue for many in summer school.

Leave Policy For Pregnant Firefighters Questioned By D.C. Council Member

D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson is expressing concern over the treatment of pregnant firefighters.

Suspect In Pentagon Scare Appears In Court For A Previous Case

The man from Northern Virginia whose suspicious behavior near the Pentagon prompted a security scare Friday is being held without bond. But according to authorities, his charges are unrelated to the Pentagon investigation.

Mayors Conference Push To End Wars In Iraq And Afghanistan

Mayors from across the country are wrapping up their annual conference in Baltimore today, and they’re using their final day to send a message to Congress -- urging members to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Virginia's Exports Increased 8 Percent

Exports of goods and services from Virginia are growing and having a large impact on the state's economy.

Offshore Wind Power Conference Kicks Off In Virginia

Offshore wind power will be the focus of a conference this week in Virginia.

CQ Roll Call: Talks During Obama-Boehner Golf Summit, Congress Appalled At Obama’s Actions On Libya

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks about the latest news on Capitol Hill, including the talks and possible negotiations that went on during President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner's golf game last Saturday, and Congress' reactions about Obama's decision regarding Libya.

New Study Urges Parents To Supervise Kids In Portable Pools

In warmer summer weather, more people use portable backyard pools for relief from the heat and as a fun play space for their children. But new figures on drownings in these pools have some experts saying there's cause for concern.

Rep. Van Hollen Continues To Haggle Over Debt Ceiling

Maryland Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen is a part of a bipartisan group of lawmakers meeting again this week to try to mend a disagreement on raising the nation's debt ceiling.

Maryland Launches Study On Internet Sales Tax

Maryland officials have commissioned a study to find out just how much tax revenue the state is losing to Internet sales and how to recapture the money.

U.S. Open: Crowd Can't Get Enough Of McIlroy At Final

The final day at the U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda felt like a coronation as the winner, Rory McIlroy, left thousands of fans and his fellow golfers in awe.

Bomb Threat Temporarily Shuts Down Reagan National Airport

Federal authorities in the District and Ohio are investigating a bomb threat made from an airport ticket counter Sunday that closed Reagan National Airport for a portion of the afternoon.

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's Popularity Plunges

In the District, the ongoing scandals surrounding Mayor Vincent Gray and other city lawmakers are taking their toll. New numbers suggest the mayor's popularity has declined since his victory over Adrian Fenty.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Making out history, man's fantastical visions, and a most racy opportunity.

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