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Thursday, May 12, 2011

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Son of Babylon, a lasting lunch, and a folk-rock movement at Joe's Emporium.

Virginia To Perform Familial DNA Testing In Criminal Cases

Virginia is moving forward with familial DNA testing to help police capture violent offenders, despite objections from some that say the practice is invasive.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

New Terrorism Alert Presented To Local Leaders

The government's new terrorism alert system was the main topic at a meeting of Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Wednesday afternoon.

Former Virginia Delegate Convicted Of Bribery, Extortion

Former Virginia delegate Phillip Hamilton is facing up to 30 years in prison after a federal jury convicted him Wednesday of bribery and extortion.

Meet The New Montgomery County Superintendent

In Maryland, Joshua Starr signed his contract Wednesday to become the new superintendent of schools in Montgomery County. Starr arrives from Connecticut where he holds the job as superintendent of schools in Stamford.

Transition To Civilian Economy: Bill Would Aid Servicemen And Women

Some young servicemen and women in the Washington metro area and across the country are finding it very hard to get jobs in the civilian economy -- 27 percent are unemployed nationwide.

Maryland Congressman Will See Bin Laden Photos

A Maryland Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger is among the members of Congress who will be allowed to see the photographs of Osama bin Laden's body.

Jury Rules In Bribery Case Against Former Va. State Delegate

UPDATE: Former Virginia delegate Phillip Hamilton was convicted Wednesday of bribery and extortion.

DC Voting Activists To Rally Again At Capitol

Advocates for D.C. voting rights are planning another rally later today at the U.S. Capitol, protesting a federal budget agreement that affects the District. Protestors will meet at 5:30 p.m. at Upper Senate Park.

Child In Serious Condition After Falling In Water Near Maine Ave.

A number of bystanders at the Maine Avenue seafood market rushed to help a 2-year-old child and her mother after the child fell into the water there Tuesday evening.

DCPS Says It Will Work To Find Jobs For 'Excessed' Teachers

D.C. Public Schools officials say they are committed to helping the approximately 750 teachers and staff members who've been "excessed" find other jobs within the school system.

Md. 'DREAM Act' Opponents Seek Referendum

Opponents of the Maryland provision that grants in-state tuition rates at state colleges to undocumented students say that even though Governor Martin O'Malley has signed the bill into law, the matter has not been decided.

Langley Park Residents Seek More Mental Health Services

Residents of Langley Park, Md., are hoping that the coming year's budget will bring increased mental health services to the community.

Support Group Aids Financial Burden For Parents Of Multiples

For parents of twins, triplets, and other multiples, an average day includes a mountain of work. One support group in Northern Virginia is helping them cope.

D.C. Tourism Industry Increased In 2010

Despite the lagging national economy, D.C.'s tourism industry continues to shine.