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Thursday, May 5, 2011

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

A dance party, a chance to take a hike, and a bounty hunter turned international opera star.

Using Genetics, Students Learn Not To Judge A Book By Its Cover

At the Cesar Chavez Charter School in the District, some students are learning not to judge a book by its cover and that lesson is coming in biology class.

Bus Rapid Transit: 'Not Your Father's Bus'

Council members in Montgomery County, Md., received an update on plans to build Bus Rapid Transit lines in the county this week. The price tag for the plan is high, but at least one County Council member says it must be built because Montgomery County is losing the transit battle with its neighbors.

After Explosion, Authorities Advise Letting Pros Install Appliances

After an explosion leveled a home in Rockville and seriously injured two residents, Maryland authorities are reminding members of the public to hire professionals when installing gas appliances.

Mount Pleasant Riots: May 5 Woven Into Neighborhood's History

The Mount Pleasant riots made it clear that, in D.C., race issues would never again just be a matter of black versus white.

Suspicious Letters With White Power Found In D.C. Schools

Authorities now confirm that suspicious packages were found at 15 D.C. schools, which led to some partial evacuations.

Rock N Roll Hotel Revitalizes H Street Corridor

The H Street corridor in Northeast D.C. was devastated by the 1968 riots in Washington, and struggled for decades afterward. But the area is in a period of revitalization now -- prompted in part by development around the Rock and Roll Hotel -- which turns five this fall.

UMD Basketball Coach Gary Williams To Retire

The University of Maryland Men's Basketball Coach -- Gary Williams -- is stepping down.

House Passes Bill to Reopen Virginia Coastal Water to Drilling

The U.S. House has passed a bill that would reopen areas off Virginia's coast to oil and gas drilling, reversing the Obama administration decision to halt all lease sales there in the wake of the BP oil disaster.

Colleagues Honor Officer Killed While Wife Was Pregnant

A Montgomery County police officer killed in the line of duty while his wife was pregnant with triplets, is now immortalized at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

Alexandria Jail Named For Slain Deputy Sheriff

In Virginia, the Alexandria Adult Detention Center has a new name. The facility was renamed today in honor of a sheriff's deputy who was killed in the line of duty thirty years ago.

Suspicious Packages With White Power Found In 7 D.C. Schools

Update 4:11 p.m.: D.C. officials are investigating reports of 20 schools that have received suspicious letters containing a powdery white substance.

According to NBC Washington, the schools known at this time are:

  • William Powell Elementary School in Northwest
  • Terrell Elementary School in Southeast
  • Ronald Brown Middle School in Northeast
  • Martin Luther King Elementary School in Southeast
  • Lafayette Elementary School in Northwest
  • Hamilton Molten Academy in Northeast
  • School Without Walls Senior High School in Northwest
  • Ballou Senior High School in Southeast
  • Anacostia High School in Southeast
  • Burroughs Elementary School in Northeast
  • Spingarn High School in Northeast
  • Marie Reed School in Northwest
  • Peabody Elementary School in Northeast
  • Wednesday, May 4, 2011

    Authorities Investigate House Explosion In Rockville

    UPDADE: Maryland fire officials now say that an improperly installed gas dryer led to Wednesday's home explosion in Rockville.

    Va. Governor Cuts PBS Funding

    Virginia governor Bob McDonnell got the last word in his quest to cut funding for public radio and television, vetoing just the one item funding PBS in the voluminous state budget -- and signing everything else.

    Prince Charles Visits Urban Farm in D.C.

    An urban farm in Washington D.C. got the royal treatment Tuesday as England's Prince Charles flew in to tour it.

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