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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Alexandria: A Distinct Player In The Civil War

May 24 marks the 150th anniversary of federal troops marching in to Alexandria, Va., and occupying the city. This weekend the city is presenting a free, "living history" program, offering visitors a glimpse of the important geographic, political and social roles the city played in the Civil War. Rebecca Sheir recently spoke with Lance Mallamo, director of the Office of Historic Alexandria. Mallamo says May 24, 1861 marked a real turning point for Alexandria.

Prince George's Stands Behind Purple Line, Despite Cost

The estimated cost of Maryland's Purple Line light rail project is going up again, and local support remains strong.

Montgomery County Council Passes Budget Full Of School Cuts

In Maryland, council members in Montgomery County approved a new budget that includes major cuts to employee benefits and school spending. But one top school official believes the budget is full of false promises.

18 Arrested For Trafficking African Drug 'Khat'

Ten people from Northern Virginia have been arrested in connection with an international drug trafficking ring.

O'Malley Signs Bill Seeking WWII Roles Of Potential MARC Contractors

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has signed a first-of-its-kind bill that will require the French rail company SNCF to disclose Holocaust-era records if the company seeks a contract to provide train service in the state.

Potomac Level Expected To Top April Flood's

Area waterways continue to rise, and the Potomac River is expected to crest at 11 feet above normal tomorrow, according to the Potomac Riverkeeper -- higher than the level that flooded the Washington Harbour complex in Georgetown last month.

Scammers Target Delinquent Homeowners In PG County

Prince George’s County was one of the hardest-hit areas in the country during the mortgage crisis. As the county struggles to recover, officials are now warning people about scammers.

Tornadoes Confirmed In Western Maryland

The National Weather Service is confirming that two tornadoes touched down in western Maryland this week during strong storms.

Md Attack Dog Tested for Rabies

Police say four children were taken to a hospital after a male American bulldog followed them onto a school bus and attacked.

Suspected Driver in Montgomery County Car Crash Awaits Prosecution

Kevin Coffay, 20, the suspected driver in the car crash, which killed three friends in Montgomery County, remains under a 24-hour curfew.

Catholic Priest Abuse Study Angers D.C. Area Abuse Victims

Victims of Catholic clergy sex abuse in the Washington metro area are blasting a recent study of clergy sexual abuse in America that concludes, in part, that the permissiveness of the 1960's and '70's contributed to the crisis.

Va. Nonprofits Still Waiting On Impacts Of Cuccinelli Funding Opinion

Nonprofits in Virginia are waiting anxiously to see if their organizations will appear on a list of those banned from receiving donations from the state, after Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli issued an opinion earlier this year opposing the practice.

D.C. Council Chair: 'I'll Do Everything I Can' To Restore Homeless Shelter Cuts

Advocates in D.C. say Mayor Vincent Gray's proposed $20 million cut in funding for homeless services would effectively shut down the city's shelters unless it's freezing outside, but an aggressive campaign to reverse thismove may be paying off.

Commentary By Rabbi Jessica Oleon: I'm Ready To Invest In A Great City

As the D.C. Council prepares to vote on the city's budget, Northwest resident Rabbi Jessica Oleon urges the council to balance the budget with an unusual message: "Raise my taxes." Oleon is associate rabbi of Temple Sinai in Northwest D.C. and a board member of Jews United for Justice.

Md. Governor To Sign Waste-To-Energy Bill

Maryland governor Martin O'Malley says he plans to sign a bill increasing incentives for incinerators that transform trash into energy.