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Monday, June 13, 2011

Consider This By Fred Fiske: World's Water Supply

In the past 50 years, world population has about doubled. Water use has tripled. In the next 50 years, population is predicted to grow another 50 percent.

D.C. Council Committee Discusses New Ethics Legislation

With several D.C. Council members under investigation, Monday a council committee took up a proposed overhaul of the city government's ethics rules. But the measure was criticized by some of the witnesses as not going far enough.

MoCo Fire Chief 'Disappointed' By Donation Solicitation Bill

A bill forbidding on-duty firefighters in Montgomery County, Md., from soliciting charitable donations on the county's streets is now one step closer to becoming law.

Walter Reed Practices Moving Patients Ahead Of Big Move

Mock patients were transferred from Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Northwest D.C. to Bethesda, Md., as the hospital prepares to close and relocate in the fall.

CQ Roll Call: Weiner Seeks Leave Of Absence, Congressional Republicans’ Role In Race, Meetings Planned For Deficit Reduction

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks about the latest news on Capitol Hill, including Rep. Anthony Weiner's announcement to seek a leave of absence from the House, the role congressional republicans are playing as the presidential race begins to take shape, and the status on reaching a deal for deficit reduction.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

D.C. Campaign Finance Officials File Complaint Against Brown Committee

The chairman of the D.C. City Council is facing a complaint from campaign finance authorities.

Capital Pride Parade Marches Through D.C.

Capital Pride held its annual march through Dupont Circle Saturday night and into early Sunday morning.

Meal Service Company In D.C. Shuts Down

A company that provides meals to elderly residents in the region has shut down.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Civil War Trust Plans To Buy Former GM Powertrain

The Civil War Trust plans to buy the 300 square-foot former GM Powertrain plant. That’s where historians say the Battle of Fredericksburg was decided.

Air & Space Museum to Recreate Genesis of the Spy Balloon

The National Air and Space Museum will re-create a key moment in the nation's first attempt at an air force during the Civil War decades before the first airplane flight.

Exhibit Puts Focus on School Facilities

Only a fraction of students at The Washington Metropolitan High School scored proficient on recent reading tests. But junior Joshua Elliot says it doesn’t have to be that way, and improving the school’s library is an important step.

O'Malley Wraps Up Trade Mission

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D-Md.) has wrapped up a trade mission to three countries in Asia.

Maryland ACLU Questions Petitions Seeking Overturn Of DREAM Act In State

In Maryland, the battle continues to escalate over the recently signed law that allows undocumented students to get in-state tuition rates at state universities and colleges.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Fairfax School Board Votes To Alter Discipline Policy

In Virginia, the Fairfax County School Board is scaling back its policy of forcing students in disciplinary trouble to transfer schools.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

First Light, art from Muslim and Arab women, Capital Pride and tying the knot in public.