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Monday, June 13, 2011

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.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

D.C. Campaign Finance Officials File Complaint Against Brown Committee

The chairman of the D.C. City Council is facing a complaint from campaign finance authorities.

Capital Pride Parade Marches Through D.C.

Capital Pride held its annual march through Dupont Circle Saturday night and into early Sunday morning.

Meal Service Company In D.C. Shuts Down

A company that provides meals to elderly residents in the region has shut down.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Air & Space Museum to Recreate Genesis of the Spy Balloon

The National Air and Space Museum will re-create a key moment in the nation's first attempt at an air force during the Civil War decades before the first airplane flight.

Exhibit Puts Focus on School Facilities

Only a fraction of students at The Washington Metropolitan High School scored proficient on recent reading tests. But junior Joshua Elliot says it doesn’t have to be that way, and improving the school’s library is an important step.

O'Malley Wraps Up Trade Mission

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D-Md.) has wrapped up a trade mission to three countries in Asia.

Maryland ACLU Questions Petitions Seeking Overturn Of DREAM Act In State

In Maryland, the battle continues to escalate over the recently signed law that allows undocumented students to get in-state tuition rates at state universities and colleges.

Civil War Trust Plans To Buy Former GM Powertrain

The Civil War Trust plans to buy the 300 square-foot former GM Powertrain plant. That’s where historians say the Battle of Fredericksburg was decided.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Virginia Urging The Public To Recognize And Deal With E. coli Symptoms

Officials say the recent E. coli-related death of a child in southwest Virginia is not connected to deaths from contamination in Europe, but the state's Department of Health is still urging the public to learn how to recognize and deal with potential E. coli problems.

WaPo's McCartney: On Harry Thomas Jr., Sulaimon Brown, And Mayor Gray's Agenda

WAMU Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey interviews Washington Post Metro columnist Robert McCartney on the fallout of the many scandals rocking D.C.'s city hall this week, including Mayor Vincent Gray's frustration over the focus on the scandals.

Metro Contends With Cars Without A/C

Metro riders are feeling the heat on Metro's "hot cars"this week, given the high temperatures, and Metro is estimating that as many as one in 20 cars are without air conditioning.

Scholarships For Undocumented Students, Including One Valedictorian

As illegal immigration and the future of undocumented workers is hotly debated across the country and within the D.C. region, leaders in Arlington County aren't shying away from recognizing high achieving high schoolers who are also undocumented immigrants.

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