Local News from WAMU 88.5

Friday, February 17, 2012

FBI Arrests Alleged Capitol Suicide Bomber

A Moroccan man has been arrested by the FBI following an undercover operation during which he expressed a desire to conduct a suicide bombing attack on the U.S. Capitol.

District Teens Explain Brushes With The Law (Re-Broadcast)

We meet two District teens who've had brushes with the law to find out what led them to commit crimes.

Prince George's County Exec Supporting National Harbor Casino

Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker is throwing his support behind the idea of a high-end casino facility at National Harbor.

Maryland Attempted To Spare Federal Workers In Payroll Tax Bill

Maryland Democrats were in heated negotiations on the payroll tax holiday this week as they worked against GOP proposals to pay for the tax break by freezing federal salaries and changing benefit packages for federal workers.

Maryland Lt. Gov. Pushes For Veteran Status On Driver Licenses

Maryland honored eight active duty state citizens in its House of Delegates Thursday, and the Lieutenant Governor used to occasion to call Maryland licenses to design veteran status.

Local Eaters Launch A Gastronomic Experiment

A local start-up is trying connect Washingtonians in new ways by bringing diners into the homes of other residents for home-cooked meals.

The Politics And Reality Of Same-Sex Marriage In Maryland

We talk with a Maryland same-sex couple about the marriage debate in their state and how the passage of same-sex marriage would impact their lives.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Two Firefighters Injured In Anacostia School Fire

Two firefighters were injured Friday responding to a fire in a construction area at Anacostia Senior High School in Southeast D.C., though both are reported to be in stable condition.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Fallen Paramedic Laid To Rest In Alexandria

Color guard units from around the country converged on Alexandria on Thursday to pay their respects to Joshua Weissman, the young paramedic who died in the line of duty last week.

Activists Link Extreme D.C. Weather, Climate Change

Activists are calling for stricter standards for coal-fired power plants, citing their role in the climate change that has driven extreme weather patterns in the D.C. area.

Third Republican Now Supports Gay Marriage In Maryland

Support for a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in Maryland has picked up another GOP supporter -- the second in the House and the third in the GOP caucus.

D.C. Settles Mental Health Case After 38 Years


It took more than 37 years, but a judge has finally approved a settlement in the "Dixon Case," which will allow for improved conditions for the District's mentally ill.

AUDIO SLIDE SHOW: St. Mary's Orphanage School, Bangalore, India

WAMU 88.5's Kavitha Cardoza is from Bangalore, India, and she visited St. Mary's Orphanage School while she was there last year as part of her reporting on the dropout crisis.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Virginia Paper Company Linked To Rainforest Destruction

Mercury Paper in Virginia is under fire from environmental groups alleging that the company cuts down precious rainforest habitats to provide the raw materials for its paper products.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Graduation Rates Increase Around The Globe As U.S. Plateaus

The United States used to top the list of countries' high school graduation rates, but that ranking has shifted significantly in recently years. More than 20 countries are now beating the U.S. on graduations, but what does that mean for American competitiveness -- and the U.S. education system -- going forward?