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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Nonprofits Aim To Raise Awareness About Teen HIV in D.C.

More than a hundred young people gathered at a recreation center in northeast, D.C. Saturday afternoon.

Police Arrest Protesters In Front Of White House

Police arrested twelve protesters in front of the White House Saturday afternoon.

Prince George's County Council Member Leslie Johnson Due In Court Thursday

In Maryland, Prince George's County Council member Leslie Johnson is due in court Thursday morning where she may plead guilty to corruption charges.

Friday, June 24, 2011

WaPo’s McCartney: Kaya Henderson, Gray’s Approval Rating, and Dulles Rail

WAMU Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey interviews Washington Post Metro columnist Robert McCartney on the confirmation of Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson, Mayor Vincent Gray’s slipping approval rating, and the fight over Metro’s Silver line.

Lululemon Reopens After Employee's Murder

It's been three months since the body of 30-year-old Jayna Murray was discovered brutally beaten inside Lululemon, the yoga-wear store in Bethesda. Now the store reopens with a new look as the community begins to heal.

Virginians Seeing Increase In Ticks This Year

Some Virginians are seeing an increase in ticks this year. But those impressions can be difficult to confirm, as the state doesn’t have a reliable system in place to keep track of the insects.

Langley Park Tenants, Living With Bedbugs And Mold, Fight Landlord

Tenants of several apartment complexes in the Langley Park neighborhood of Prince George's County say despite paying hundreds of thousands of dollars a month in rent, their apartments resemble a third world tenement. Now, they're asking county authorities to intervene.

Police Search For Missing Girl From Silver Spring

Montgomery County Police are looking for a missing 16-year-old girl from Silver Spring, Md.

New Reports Of Pedicab Crackdown Surface

The U.S. Park Police say they're not cracking down on the operators of pedicabs, the rickshaws strapped to bicycles often seen on the National Mall. But more allegations of harsh treatment are coming to light.

Leslie Johnson Hearing Scheduled For Thursday

In Maryland, Prince George's County Council member Leslie Johnson has a hearing scheduled for Thursday morning where she may plead guilty to corruption charges.

D.C. Probes Celebrity Police Escorts

Authorities in D.C. continue to investigate why actor Charlie Sheen and other celebrities have received police escorts over the years. The D.C. Council held a hearing Thursday to vet the escort policies.

Victim's Family Attends Lululemon Reopening In Bethesda

A popular Bethesda yoga shop is opening its doors again, three months after police say an employee was murdered by her co-worker inside. The employee's parents and sister attended the reopening.

After Riggleman Resigns, Nationals Name Interim Manager

UPDATE: The Washington Nationals named John McLaren interim manager Friday after the abrupt resignation of manager Jim Riggleman Thursday. A dispute over his contract reportedly prompted the move.

Dozer The Dog Runs Half Marathon, Raises Money For Cancer Center

A dog named Dozer who escaped from his owners' yard surprised them by going on to run most of the Maryland Half Marathon before returning home, dog tired.

Parents Sing Praises Of Year-Round Elem. School Schedule

Today is the last day of the school year for students in Arlington County Public Schools -- but not every summer break is created equal. At Barcroft Elementary, they use what's called an extended school calendar.

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