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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Alexandria: A Distinct Player In The Civil War

May 24 marks the 150th anniversary of federal troops marching in to Alexandria, Va., and occupying the city. This weekend the city is presenting a free, "living history" program, offering visitors a glimpse of the important geographic, political and social roles the city played in the Civil War. Rebecca Sheir recently spoke with Lance Mallamo, director of the Office of Historic Alexandria. Mallamo says May 24, 1861 marked a real turning point for Alexandria.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Locals Respond To Clergy Sex Abuse Study

A study of clergy sex abuse in America, sponsored by the U.S. Catholic Church, concludes that a combination of social factors, deficiencies in seminary education and inconsistent responses by church leaders contributed to the crisis.

D.C. School Officials Tighten Test Security After Investigation

In the District, test scores at three public school classrooms are being thrown out after an investigation found strong suspicion of what officials are calling test security violations.

First Of Three Funerals Held After Montgomery County Car Crash

Authorities say 20-year-old Kevin Coffay, the suspected driver in the car crash which killed three friends in Montgomery County, was released on bond late Tuesday. Meanwhile, Wednesday the first of three funerals for the victims of the tragedy was held.

New D.C. Transportation Chief Selected By Mayor Gray

A new director will be leading D.C.'s Department of Transportation moving forward. Mayor Vincent Gray chose to promote from within by nominating Terry Bellamy, who's currently serving as an interim director.

D.C. Area Faces Heavy Rains, Possible Flooding

Heavy rains in the forecast and rising water level in the Potomac River have prompted flash flood warnings for the District and near Virginia suburbs.

Dulles Metro Project Faces More Loudoun County Resistance

In Virginia, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors is continuing its opposition of a plan to build an underground Metrorail station at Dulles Airport.

O'Malley: New GM Electric Car Plant Represents Win For Md.

The first facility in the United States that will both produce electric motors and be backed by a major automaker is well on its way to calling White Marsh, Md. home.

Jack Johnson Will Seek Reduced Sentence After Extortion Plea

Former Prince Georges County Executive Jack Johnson says the emotional and financial pressures of a corruption investigation against him and his wife led him to [plead guilty]http://wamu.org/news/11/05/17/formerpgcountyexecjackjohnsonpleadsguilty.php) to two counts of extortion, evidence and witness tampering.

Checking Out An Aerobatic Pilot's Bag Of Tricks

One of the country's top aerobatic pilots will be loop-de-looping through the skies at this weekend's Andrews Air Force Base air show, and one WAMU reporter got an early glimpse of what's in store.

Arlington Town Hall Looks At Legacy Of Desegregation

It's been nearly 55 years since the Virginia General Assembly adopted a policy known as "Massive Resistance," the closing of public schools in protest of efforts to desegregate. Now there's an effort under way to involve the state's current residents in a dialogue about the policy's legacy.

D.C. Water To Cut Pollution From Wastewater Plant By Half

D.C. Water says that by 2014 it will have completed an upgrade that will cut its pollution in half and generate electricity to power the its water treatment plant.

Gray To Name New DDOT Director

After months of waiting, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is expected to announce his choice for a new leader for the city's Department of Transportation today.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Local music at Strathmore Mansion, Italian drawings at the National Gallery of Art, and flying a kite for lost loved ones in Haiti.

College Faculties Launch Campaign For Equality In Higher Ed.

On the anniversary of a landmark Supreme Court decision, Brown vs. Board of Education, ... which paved the way for equal access to education, college faculty members from across the country are launching a campaign that they hope will be another pivotal moment in higher education.

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