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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

D.C. Roundtable On Race, Justice System And Trayvon Martin

D.C. area residents will gather tonight with Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton's Commission on Black Men and Boys to discuss race issues surrounding the Trayvon Martin case.

Dulles Rail Funding Up For Vote In Fairfax County

Fairfax County supervisors will vote today on continued funding for the Dulles Rail project, and Fairfax Board chair Sharon Bulova says they hope to keep costs down, especially those funded by increasing tolls on the Dulles Toll Road.

Police, Wireless Companies Team Up On Smart Phone Thefts

MPD Chief Cathy Lanier joined forces with the FCC and wireless companies to announce a new plan to track and disable stolen cell phones, in an effort to discourage theft.

Maryland Legislature Adjourns Without Final Funding Deal

The Maryland state legislature adjourned at midnight last night, but they failed to finalize a funding plan for next year's budget, which could mean massive spending cuts next year.

Man Charged In Accidental Shooting Of 6-Year-Old

Police in Prince George's County are investigating the fatal shooting death of a 6-year-old boy in Clifton, Md., who they say accidentally discharged a weapon found in a backpack in his home.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Divisions On Casino Hold Up Maryland Budget

Maryland lawmakers are trying to strike a deal on a bill that would allow a casino in Prince George's County, regarded by some as the last obstacle blocking a compromise on the state budget.

Prospects For Offshore Wind In Maryland Dim

A bill that would have required Maryland utilities to get a certain amount of their power from offshore wind died in committee, scuttling a big push by Democrats to expand renewable power in the state.

A Novel Idea: Arlington Plans To Add To Library Budget

While many libraries in the area are sparsely-staffed and sport restricted hours, Arlington is planning to add staff and services.

National Mall Designs On Display At Smithsonian

The finalists in an ambitious design competition aimed at redesigning overlooked sites in and near the National Mall will be on display at the Smithsonian Castle this week.

ACLU Pursues Strip Search Policies In Virginia

Following a controversial Supreme Court ruling last week that police may strip search offenders for even minor traffic offenses, the ACLU of Virginia is asking police departments what their standing policies are for strip searches.

Dry Weather, Winds Prompt Area Fire Warning

A dry spring has been good for those looking to enjoy the weather, but it has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a red flag fire warning prompted by a wild fire in Maryland.

Metro Seeks Members For Accessibility Committee

Metro is seeking new members for an advisory committee that weighs in on improving transit for senior citizens and people with disabilities.

Law School Holds Teach-in Related To Trayvon Martin Case

Students, teachers, and members of the public gather today to talk about race and legal issues during a teach-in at the Washington College of Law.

Howard Theatre Officially Reopens

City officials will cut the ribbon today on the renovated Howard Theatre, a recently renovated historic landmark that had previously been empty for more than three decades.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Bay Cleanup Plans Get Detailed

Virginia, Maryland and the District are refining their plans to clean up the Chesapeake Bay.