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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Robyn Gardner's Boyfriend Says Disappearance Story Doesn't Add Up

As authorities in Aruba continue to search for missing Frederick County resident Robyn Gardner, more questions are being raised about the man who police say is a suspect in her disappearance.

D.C. Police Union: Chief Can't Call For "All Hands On Deck" This Weekend

It's "All Hands on Deck" this weekend for D.C. police, whether officers like it or not.

Maryland's and Virginia's Bond Ratings Could Be Cut This Fall

The credit ratings of Virginia and Maryland could be tied to the congressional panel set up to reduce the deficit.

Rockville Doctors Make Locker Rooms Safe With Extreme Science

Sports injuries are often associated with crushing tackles on the football field, but dangers lurk in the quiet corners of the locker room too.

Contents May Be Hot: Chef Cooks With World's Spiciest Peppers

An organic garden in Northern Virginia is now home to half a dozen of the world's hottest peppers, thanks to the executive chef at a new restaurant in Tysons Corner.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Hill's Alex Bolton: Bachmann Calls For Emergency Session, Pressure On Economy Builds

The federal reserve offered a bleak assessment of the U.S. economy today, and that, combined with Standard & Poors' downgrade of the U.S.'s credit rating last week has prompted some to call for Congress to return from August recess for an emergency session. WAMU's Pat Brogan talks with Alex Bolton, senior staff writer from The Hill, about how effective that would be.

Account Of Woman Missing in Aruba Raising Concerns

A Frederick County woman missing in Aruba is gaining national attention. One of the last people to make contact with Robyn Gardner suspects foul play.

VA And MD Could Get Downgraded Over Entitlment Cuts

Although it lowered the credit rating of the federal government, Standard & Poor's says it will not drop the ratings of Virginia and Maryland now, but the rating agency says that could change.

More Than 4,000 People Attend D.C. Job Fair

The latest unemployment report shows the District's unemployment rate has climbed above 10 percent, and today, more than 4,000 out-of-work residents attended a job fair in downtown DC.

New Targets For Crabs Mean Protections Remain

New federal targets for blue crabs mean crabbing limits in Maryland and Virginia will remain in place.

Reenactors To Mark 150th Anniversary Of Antietam Civil War Battle

Around 4,000 reenactors will take part in festivities marking the 150th anniversary next year of two Civil War battles fought in Maryland.

MPD Officer In Charge Of Police Escorts Demoted

The commander of the special operations division for D.C.'s police department says he's been demoted, according to an Associated Press report.

DDOT Giving Away 500 Bike Helmets To Capital Bikeshare Members

Members of Capital Bikeshare that don't have helmets might soon be getting them for free, as the District plans a helmet giveaway program at bike events around the city this fall.

Virginia Governor Creates Task Force To Monitor Mark Center Traffic

The first wave of employees being relocated to the Washington Headquarters Service at the Mark Center in Alexandria is moving in this week as part of the Base Realignment and Closure process.

Council Members Rake In Dollars As Wells Attempts Campaign Finance Reform

As the D.C. Council considers a proposal from Council member Tommy Wells to limit corporations and their owners from making multiple campaign donations, campaign finance records show council members continue to rake in cash through the practice.

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