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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Secure Communities Prompts Immigrant Activism In Montgomery County

Come this fall, Montgomery County police will have to comply with a new immigration enforcement program, but that hasn't stopped activists from protesting the measure.

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.

Report: Va. Children's Mental Health Services Lacking

Administrators with the nonprofit advocacy group Voices for Virginia's Children say there's a lack of community mental health services for children across the Commonwealth.

Montgomery County Passes Bag Tax

Ready your totes, Montgomery County. At the start of next year, shoppers in the county will have to pay for disposable bags.

Shaw's Roots: From 'Heart Of Chocolate City' To 'Little United Nations'

An influx of new residents and businesses to the Shaw neighborhood in Northwest D.C. has some people welcoming progress, but is leading others to leave what many consider to be the heart and soul of "Chocolate City."

Council Member Cheh Arrested At Abortion Funding Protest

In the District, a group of local abortion rights activists are protesting on Capitol Hill and Council member Mary Cheh is among those who've been arrested.

D.C. Council May Waive Waiting Period For Gun Owners

With the District's only licensed firearms dealer temporarily out of business, city lawmakers are looking at ways provide some concessions to prospective gun owners.

Protesters Oppose Bill Banning Abortion Funding

UPDATE: Eight arrested in protest over abortion funding, including D.C. Council member Mary Cheh. Activists are gathering on Capitol Hill to protest a House resolution that would ban the District from spending local dollars on abortions.

Irvin Nathan Confirmed As D.C. Attorney General

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's pick for the city's attorney general has been confirmed by the D.C. Council. Council members voted unanimously to confirm Irvin Nathan to the post.

Fairfax Police Make Arrest In 2008 Triple-Murder Home Invasion

In Virginia, Fairfax police have made an arrest in case that had gone unsolved since November 2008. They've arrested a man in connection with a home invasion in Springfield that led to the stabbing deaths of three men.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Love, truth and sacrifice in The Green Bird, outstanding soloists at the Kennedy Center and London's St. Martin choir at Lafayette Square.

Biology Class Asks Students To Question Racial Stereotypes

Students at the Cesar Chavez Charter School in the District are being challenged to question their assumptions about ethnicity and race. It's part of an innovative biology class in which kids get to teach their younger classmates.

Michelle Edwards: Not A Lot Of Room For Excuses

Education has been central to Michelle Edwards' journey as an independent youth, a dedicated mother and as the current principal of Orr Elementary School in Southeast D.C.

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