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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Police Identify 12-Year-Old Homicide Victim In Gaithersburg

Police in Montgomery County, Md., have identified the 12-year-old girl found dead Tuesday evening in a Gaithersburg townhome.

Psychiatric Facilities Turned Away Mentally Ill, Va. OIG Reports

The Commonwealth of Virginia says approximately 200 mentally ill residents who posed a threat to themselves or others were turned away from psychiatric facilities over the past year, according to a new state report.

Faulty Breathalyzers On D.C. Council's Agenda Today

The District's ongoing problems with its breathalyzer program will be the focus of a D.C. Council hearing later today.

Federal Officials Intervene In Dulles Metrorail Clash

The Obama administration is staging an intervention of sorts for the Dulles Metrorail project to get the rail extension back on track.

Md. And N.J. Governors Fight Over Cap-And-Trade Program

Maryland is one of ten states that participate in a coordinated cap-and-trade program designed to lower greenhouse gas emissions and curb climate change -- but one of those states is dropping out.

Questions About Bus Safety Follow Fatal Bus Crash

It's a booming industry, where every day, low-price buses head north from D.C. to New York, Philadelphia and Boston, and south to North Carolina and elsewhere. But exhausted drivers and a lack of seat belts have led to calls for more regulation.

D.C.'s Unemployed Have Another Option In 'Ticket To Work'

A group that helps social security beneficiaries get back in the employment game is bringing its mission to D.C.

New Va. Human Trafficking Laws Provide Options For Victims

State lawmakers from Northern Virginia and local law enforcement leaders say new measures signed into law by Governor Bob McDonnell should make a big difference in fighting human-trafficking.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

All that jazz, known unknowns, and the art of Earth.

Transportation Safety Board Investigates Va. Bus Crash

Virginia State Police say driver fatigue was one of the factors that led to a tour bus flipping over and killing four of its passengers on I-95 in Virginia Tuesday. But it may be a while before we know what really caused the fatal crash.

Virginia Celebrates Its Parks' 75th Birthday

Attendance at parks in Virginia is setting records as a destination for millions of visitors, and Governor Bob McDonnell is proclaiming this June as a month to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Virginia's park system.

At Long Last, Sulaimon Brown Says He'll Testify

Former D.C. mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown will finally testify before the D.C. Council for its investigation into Mayor Vincent Gray's 2010 campaign.

Loretta Goodwin: Daring To Dream, Amid Apartheid

Loretta Goodwin is a senior director at the American Youth Policy Forum, where she researches, organizes and conducts professional learning opportunities for policy leaders on issues related to education and youth development. She lives with her family in Arlington.

Alexandria Considers Bikeshare Pilot Program

In Virginia, Capital Bikeshare could be expanding into Alexandria, where the city manager is considering a pilot program that would expand the system already in place in Arlington and the District.

Paul Ferrara, Who Pioneered Use Of DNA, Dies

Paul Ferrara is being remembered as forward-thinking and a visionary.

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