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Thursday, May 26, 2011

After Wheelchair Incident, Metro Reviews Policies

After a video surfaced on the Internet of a confrontation between a man in a wheelchair and Metro police, the transit agency is discovering its officers have very little guidance on how to treat people with disabilities.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Contain, Maintain, Sustain and a little misadventure and friendship dance.

'Lost' Communities In Virginia Find New Life

There are thousands of once-thriving communities throughout Virginia, some now long gone with few visible signs of life. A team of professors with Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture and Urban Studies is bringing some of these once-bustling places back to life.

Redistricting Riles D.C. Residents, Council Members

The District's plan to redraw its ward boundaries is moving forward after a subcommittee meeting on the topic Thursday. As Council member Jack Evans noted at the beginning of the meeting, redistricting is the one issue that gets people the maddest.

Former Teacher Gets 25 Years For Child Porn In Va.

A former teacher has been sentenced to 25 years in prison on child pornography charges in Virginia, after admitting a decades-long pattern of molesting teenage boys in the United States and Japan.

Gardeners Cultivate Crime-Fighting Instincts

It has become a rite of spring. Every year, flowers at the Newark Street Community Garden begin to bloom. Then every year, gardener Marcia Stein says, a thief comes and takes the blossoms away.

Park Service Wants To Use Sharpshooters On Deer Population

The National Park Service is considering using sharpshooters, among other ideas, to control growing white-tailed deer populations on Civil War battlefields in Maryland and Virginia.

Carjackings Raise Concerns About Safety Of Metro Garages

A string of two carjackings at Metro stations in Maryland have some fearing for their safety when they park in Metro facilities.

Enviro Groups: Bay Cleanup Plan Not Unreasonable

Environmental groups led by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation are trying to join a legal battle over Chesapeake Bay restoration plans.

Heading To The Beach Friday? Leave Before 10 A.M.

The number of travelers to the Eastern Shore over Memorial Day weekend is expected to grow from last year's numbers, and transportation authorities have a suggestion to avoid the crunch.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Fairfax Co. Teens Learn Lesson On Distracted Driving

May is National Youth Traffic Safety month, and on Tuesday, Fairfax County Police marked the occasion by taking teens for rides on the county's Emergency Vehicle Operations Course, to let them experience just how dangerous distracted driving can be.

One Man Marches Through Civil War History

Historical sites in Northern Virginia and Maryland are expecting lots of visitors and Civil War simulations this summer, which marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. But one historical reenactment is happening right now, and it involves one man and a long journey.

AAA Expects More Memorial Day Weekend Travel This Year

The number of travelers to Ocean City and the rest of Maryland's Eastern Shore over Memorial Day weekend is expected to grow this year, in spite of high gas prices.

D.C. Finance Chief Puts Damper On Brown's Budget

As the D.C. Council prepares to vote on the city's 2012 budget later this morning, D.C.'s top financial officer is warning leaders about spending money that isn't there.

World War II Book Paints Portrait Of Courage Under Fire

A new book called "War Shots," by former Richmond Times Dispatch reporter Chip Jones, traces the stories behind some of the most iconic World War II footage from the Pacific Theater. The footage was shot by former Marine Major Norm Hatch.

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