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Friday, July 22, 2011

UDC Van Ness Campus Closes Due to Excessive Heat

The excessive heat forced the University of the District of Columbia's main campus in Northwest D.C. to close today.

National Zoo Panda Not Pregnant

The National Zoo says it has ended the round-the-clock pregnancy watch for giant panda Mei Xiang. It turns out she was not pregnant after all, according to the Associated Press.

WaPo's McCartney: Politics Push Dulles Metro Above Ground, O'Malley To Sponsor Gay Marriage Bill

Washington Post Metro columnist Robert McCartney talks with WAMU Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey about a decision to change course on the location of a Metro station at Dulles Airport and an expected announcement from Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley that he will sponsor a gay marriage bill this fall.

Montgomery Co. Firefighters Will Get Creative For 'Fill The Boot' Campaign

Next month, firefighters in Montgomery County will conduct their annual "Fill The Boot" campaign to benefit muscular dystrophy. But one thing firefighters will have to be careful about this year is to stay on the right side on the law.

D.C. Heat Wave Shows No Signs Of Letting Up

It was already 80 degrees around dawn this morning, and local officials are urging people to take seriously the health and safety warnings that go along with extreme heat.

Civil War Commemoration Stifled by Heat

The commemoration of the first major battle of the U.S. Civil War continues in Manassas today, and hundreds of history buff are expected to continue to brave the area's oppressive heat for the events.

Maryland Producers Urge Residents To 'Buy Local'

Maryland officials are urging residents to stock up on lots of local foods next week, and Gov. Martin O'Malley kicked off the week with a "buy local cookout" in Annapolis Thursday.

Strengthening U.S.-Israeli Relationship Could Boost Virginia’s Job Market

Recent events in the Middle East and the strained relationship between U.S. and Israeli leaders might give the impression that strengthening business ties between the two countries is out of the question. But the head of the Virginia-Israel Advisory Board says that couldn't be farther from the truth.

Pedicabbers Call D.C.'s New Regulations Unfair, Unnecessary

Next week, D.C. is scheduled to enact new safety regulations for pedicabs, those rickshaws strapped to bicycles you often see on the National Mall.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

UDC Scores Low In Teacher Training Rankings

The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) is calling several student teaching programs in the D.C. area weak or poor, saying they inadequately prepare future educators for the classroom.

‘Art Beat’ With Sean Rameswaram

Bethesda's best in the City of Angels and all kinds of emotions in the District.

O'Malley To Talk About His Support For Same-Sex Marriage

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D-Md.) is scheduled to talk tomorrow about his support for same-sex marriage legislation.

Maryland Kicks Off Buy Local Challenge Week

Maryland kicks off a week-long effort to encourage residents to buy locally grown produce.

Virginia, Maryland Bond Ratings Could Be Lowered If The Federal Government Defaults

Both Maryland and Virginia could have their bond ratings lowered if Congress fails to raise the debt limit.

Burglaries Continue To Rise In Montgomery County

Statistics show crime remains down overall in Montgomery County. But, there is one crime that continues to rise, much to the frustration of police.

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