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Friday, October 28, 2011

Lawsuit Filed Against Maryland Redistricting Map

Maryland's redistricting plan for Congressional districts, which was approved last week, is facing its first legal challenge.

'Anonymous' Commentary: Shakespeare's One Of Us

A new film out today called Anonymous questions the authorship of Shakespeare’s works and are based on the premise that British nobleman Edward de Vere was responsible for his enduring plays. Commentator Norman Allen, a playwright and an educator, cries foul at the notion that only the elite can achieve greatness.

D.C. Mayor Backing Off Popcorn Tax

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After an outcry from movie theater owners, Mayor Vincent Gray appears to be backing off his proposal to tax popcorn at D.C. theaters to subsidize a theater east of the Anacostia.

Small Fish Pose Big Questions About Fishing

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Populations of menhaden have hit a crisis point, prompting a suggestion that restrictions on the number of the forage fish that can be should be tightened.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Oct. 28

Dia De Los Muertos

Scary stories, dreary dance, Cabaret Macabre and genuine Scottish jams.

Howard U Group Marching In Support Of 'Occupy'

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A group from Howard University is marching in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement Friday, hoping to add more racial diversity to the protests.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Sulaimon Brown Says Gray Gave Him Talking Points

Speaking with federal investigators Thursday, Sulaimon Brown said that now-Mayor Vincent Gray gave him talking points in the race against Adrian Fenty.

Scientists Underscore Drugs' Impact On Waterways

Drugs like anti-depressants and hormones from birth control are known to find their way into area waterways -- so don't flush those pills, turn them in.

Police Raid Two D.C. Head Shops

Six employees and one customer were arrested in police raids Wednesday at two Capitol Hemp locations.

Prosecution Witnesses Heard In Lululemon Trial

The court saw evidence and heard its first full day of testimony in the trial of Brittany Norwood, who is accused of murdering her coworker at a Bethesda Lululemon yoga shop in March.

Richmond Tea Party Wants $10,000 Refund

The Richmond Tea Party is demanding $10,000 from the city for charges they say they shouldn't have had to pay.

Fairfax County Looking For Bilingual Election Monitors

Fairfax County is on the lookout for bilingual election officers for the November 8 election.

Tax Proposed On D.C. Movie Theater Concessions


Mayor Vincent Gray has proposed a 5 percent sales tax on movie theater concessions to fund an Anacostia movie theater and provide incentives to filmmakers.

Free Reflective Vests For Maryland Trick-Or-Treaters

The Maryland highway administration is loaning out its workers' reflective vests for trick-or-treaters on Halloween.

Salmonella Outbreak Prompts Pine Nut Recall

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The CDC recorded 42 instances of salmonella infections across six states, prompting a recall of Turkish pine nuts sold in Wegmans stores.