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Friday, April 22, 2011

Virginia Library Acquires Letter Written By Robert E. Lee

In Virginia, the Special Collections Department of the Alexandria Library has a new document from a very old source: a handwritten letter from Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

Local Politicians Mull Lawsuit Against Pentagon

Localities in Northern Virginia are considering a lawsuit against the Pentagon. Its own Inspector General says the choice to move thousands of its workers to the Mark Center in Alexandria was a mistake.

D.C. Police Chief Says Sheen Escort Violated Policy, If Allegations Are True

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says the Metropolitan Police Department's Internal Affairs Division is still investigating claims that the actor Charlie Sheen received a full police escort from Dulles Airport into Downtown D.C. for a show Tuesday.

D.C. Hosts World Premiere Of Opera About Government Corruption

Next week Wolf Trap is performing the world premiere of a comical opera called "The Inspector".

This Week In Congress: A Busy Time In Immigration Policy

From Capitol News Connection: House and Senate were out on recess for the week, but in Washington and in quite a few statehouses nationwide, this is a busy time in immigration policy.

Maryland Leaders To Head To Asia In May

Maryland state leaders will head to Asia in May on a trade mission. Gov. Martin O'Malley will lead the trip, which will make stops in China, South Korea and Vietnam.

Internal Affairs Investigates Charlie Sheen Escort From Dulles

UPDATE: D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says a police escort provided to actor Charlie Sheen violated department protocol, if allegations are correct. Lanier adds that police officers on escort duty aren't supposed to activate emergency equipment, such as lights and sirens, and don't travel into other jurisdictions without help from other law enforcement agencies.

Commentary By Ash Kosiewicz: It's Time For A Courageous Budget

The District has a $600 million budget deficit and several agencies are facing budget cuts under Mayor Vincent Gray's plan. Social service programs are no exception, but commentator Ash Kosiewicz says the mayor needs to look beyond the numbers. Kosiewicz is Communications and Advocacy director for the Latino Economic Development Corporation.

On Earth Day, National Zoo Preaches And Practices Conservation

For Earth Day, the National Zoo is offering activities to teach children about conservation. But the Zoo is also trying to become a better steward of D.C.'s local environment.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Earth Day art and theater from the heart.

George Mason Basketball Coach Heads To Miami

George Mason men's basketball coach Jim Larranaga is leaving the Fairfax, Va., school. He's accepted an offer from the University of Miami to become the new head coach.

Latest Maryland News

BALTIMORE (AP) The discovery of a missing North Carolina teen's body in a Maryland river brings the investigation of her disappearance into a new phase. The body of Phylicia Barnes, who disappeared while visiting her older half-siblings in Baltimore on Dec. 28, was one of two bodies found Wednesday near the Conowingo Dam on the Susquehanna River. Barnes' 17th birthday was Jan. 12.

Latest Virginia News

A Virginia Department of Transportation scientist says the agency could save money and help the environment if it composted roadkill. Bridget Donaldson says the agency's current disposal methods contain environmental hazards.

VDOT reportedly spends more than $4 million on roadkill removal and disposal every year.

Maryland News Roundup

From MarylandReporter.com:SCHAEFER'S LAST ROAD TRIP: The Baltimore Sun's Jean Marbella details the two-hour motorcade journey on Monday that will take the body of former Baltimore Mayor and Gov. William Donald Schaefer through the city that he loved one last time. Residents can say their last goodbyes to Schaefer along the motorcade or as he lies in state in Annapolis or Baltimore's City Hall. The Sun's Michael Dresser writes which streets will be closed for Schaefer's motorcade, and when. WBAL TV has a video report.

Lawsuit Filed Against Washington Harbor Managers After Flood

The managers of Washington Harbour on the Georgetown waterfront are facing a $5 million dollar lawsuit after the complex flooded this week.

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