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Friday, June 24, 2011

Virginians Seeing Increase In Ticks This Year

Some Virginians are seeing an increase in ticks this year. But those impressions can be difficult to confirm, as the state doesn’t have a reliable system in place to keep track of the insects.

Langley Park Tenants, Living With Bedbugs And Mold, Fight Landlord

Tenants of several apartment complexes in the Langley Park neighborhood of Prince George's County say despite paying hundreds of thousands of dollars a month in rent, their apartments resemble a third world tenement. Now, they're asking county authorities to intervene.

New Reports Of Pedicab Crackdown Surface

The U.S. Park Police say they're not cracking down on the operators of pedicabs, the rickshaws strapped to bicycles often seen on the National Mall. But more allegations of harsh treatment are coming to light.

D.C. Probes Celebrity Police Escorts

Authorities in D.C. continue to investigate why actor Charlie Sheen and other celebrities have received police escorts over the years. The D.C. Council held a hearing Thursday to vet the escort policies.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Yonathan Melaku, Man Detained In Pentagon Scare, Charged In Military Facility Shootings

UPDATE 10:36 a.m.: Yonathan Melaku, a Marine reservist who was detained during a security scare near the Pentagon Friday, has been charged in the 2010 shootings at several military facilities in the area.

D.C. Mayor Promises Park To Red Line Crash Victims' Families

Families of the people killed in a 2009 Metro train crash are asking the District to create a new park near the crash site dedicated to those who died. And D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray says it needs to happen.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Senegal's Youssou N'Dour, early Billy Shakes and cross-dressing for a cause.

While Metro Police Face Cutbacks, Federal Anti-Terror Funds Flow

Metro's Board of Directors is scheduled to cast its final vote on the transit system's budget this morning, and that may include a cut for its Police Department - the first such reduction in at least six years. But while Metro's crime fighting resources might be going down, it's budget for terrorism prevention is going up.

NASA To Use Aircraft To Help Improve Air Quality Monitoring

Starting next week, aircraft will fly noticeably low over the Baltimore-Washington area. NASA will be conducting a series of flights as part of a program designed to help improve how satellites monitor air quality, NASA atmospheric scientist Dr. James Crawford tells WAMU's Pat Brogan. Some will fly as low as 1,000 feet over major roadways.

Nats Manager Jim Riggleman Resigns

Nationals manager Jim Riggleman resigned after a 1-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners Thursday afternoon.

After Hearing On Sheen's Police Escort, Policy Still Unclear

D.C. police continue to take heat for providing a police escort for actor Charlie Sheen as he rushed to a performance in April. Police Chief Kathy Lanier and other law enforcement officers were called before the council Thursday for an explanation.

Obama's Afghanistan Withdrawal Plan Faces Local Skepticism

Many of the region's lawmakers are viewing President Obama's plan to withdraw thousands of troops from Afghanistan with skepticism, though for different reasons.

Firework Safety: Fire Departments Urge Caution

A cantaloupe sits atop a road cone. Beneath it is an M-80, a popular addition to many Fourth of July celebrations. When the firework goes off, the cantaloupe disappears, with fragments landing in all directions, some hundreds of feet away.

New Measure Looks To Ban Smoking In Some Public Spaces In MoCo

Later this morning, council members in Montgomery County will look at extending the county's smoking ban for some public spaces.

Maryland 'DREAM Act' Opponents Build Support With Signatures

The Maryland State Board of Elections has validated more than 47,000 signatures in an effort to overturn legislation that would allow certain undocumented immigrants that graduate from Maryland high schools to pay in-state college tuition.

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