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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Police Open Cold Case after DNA Links Rapes

Investigators say DNA connects the 1998 killing of a woman in Georgetown to a series of sexual assaults in Montgomery County during the same time period.

Kastles Stadium Opens With Venus Williams

The new Kastles Stadium built on the bank of the Potomac River, at the Southwest Waterfront, will host seven games this summer starting tonight with Venus Williams as the headliner.

'Nighttime Mayor' Of Ocean City Lives His Dream Life

If you look at the sun visor covering Mike Beatty's shaggy hair, the Hawaiian shirt on his back, or the tattered Vans on his feet, "mayor" might not be the first word that comes to mind.

Leslie Johnson Resigns, Council Removes Her Staff, Resources

Leslie Johnson has resigned from the Prince George's County Council, five days after she pleaded guilty to destroying evidence in a federal corruption probe.

Dalai Lama Arrives In D.C. Today

The Verizon Center in downtown D.C. is gearing up for the huge influx of people expected there for the Dalai Lama's appearance this week.

Maryland Senators Would Compromise On Write-offs In Debt Ceiling Talks

In the hopes of raising the nation's debt ceiling, Maryland senators say they're willing to consider getting rid of tax write-offs which help the state's economy.

On Fourth Of July, D.C. Mayor Calls for City's 'Independence'

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray used the festivities at yesterday's Palisades Parade in Northwest D.C. to call attention to the District's fight for "full independence."

Monday, July 4, 2011

Horseback Riders Fight To Reopen Reservoir Trail

Local horseback riders say they're at odds with the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission after the utility blocked access to a trail used by riders for decades.

Power Outages Affect Thousands In Va.

Update July 5, 9:56 a.m.Nearly 1,500 people are still without power in Northern Virginia after Sunday evening's storms; that number is down significantly from the peak number of outages.

Virginia Tech Opens New Research Center In D.C. Area

Virginia Tech has opened a new research center in Northern Virginia, extending the school's presence in the Washington region.

National Archives Hosts Reading of Declaration of Independence

A new Marist poll finds 42 percent of Americans do not know what year the U.S. declared independence and only a quarter knew what country the U.S. broke away from. If you're among those looking for refresher in the history of Independence Day, the National Archives is the place to be this July 4th.

Fireworks On National Mall Start At 9:10 P.M.

It's expected to be a hot and packed holiday on the National Mall, and government officials and volunteers are warning visitors to be safe this July 4.

After Cancelling Recess, Senate Gets Back To Work Tuesday

The Senate will be in session this week in an attempt to reach a deal on raising the nation's debt ceiling, but Republicans say the cancellation of a planned recess for this week is a political ploy.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

A Capitol Fourth, an American art exhibit and a long lost Boo.

Consider This By Fred Fiske: Independence Day

July 4 is a time to reflect on America's rich history, our nation's successes and complexities, and the pride we feel in our nation's ideals and freedoms.

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