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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Montgomery Co. Firefighters May Be Looking For New Fundraiser

Firefighters in Montgomery County say a bill winding through the county council will make it more difficult for them to raise money to fight muscular dystrophy.

Monday, June 13, 2011

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.

Woman Who Made Bomb Threat Will Undergo Mental Health Evaluation

A 51-year-old woman from McLean, Va., will undergo a mental health evaluation after she allegedly claimed she had an explosive device at Metro's Rockville station earlier today.

Metro Considers New Payment System

Metro is looking at a new payment system that would allow people to pay without a fare cards, instead using their credit cards and cell phones.

Nephew Of Md. Rep. Cummings Killed In Norfolk

A Maryland congressman says his nephew was killed in a random shooting near Old Dominion University in Virginia.

After Wedding, Army Vet And Wife Receive Gift Of New Home

"While U.S. Army Sgt. Jude Recendez may have lost both his legs in battle, a surprise wedding he orchestrated and the gift of a new home Saturday has him standing tall next to his loving spouse, Kris Recendez.

Possible Chemical Leak At Water Park Sickens Children

This morning, hazardous materials teams in Prince William County are still investigating the cause of an apparent chemical leak at a popular water park over the weekend.

D.C. Council Tackles Ethics Reform After Week of Scandals

With nearly the half the members of the D.C. Council facing questions about their ethical behavior, legislation to overhaul how the city government polices itself takes an important step forward today.

Frederick, Md., Liquor Stores Nabbed In Underage Sting

Workers at three liquor stores in Frederick, Md., are being questioned after getting snagged in a sting investigation involving sales to underage volunteers.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Black Dub, Wavelengths, and I Wish You Love.

Parking Will Be Easy, Security Will Be Tight At U.S. Open

Practice rounds start today ahead of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md.

Arlington Copes With Rising Enrollment

In Virginia, public schools are bursting at the seams, and opinions are divided over how to cope with the steadily increasing enrollments.