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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Tuskegee Airmen's Plane Takes Final Flight

Nearly 100 surviving veterans of the Tuskegee Air Corps gathered in Washington to mark their 70th anniversary. The reunion coincides with the donation of an important piece of their history to the Smithsonian museum.

Alexandria Teacher Pleads Guilty in International Child Pornography Investigation

In Virgina, a fourth grade teacher at an Alexandria elementary school pleaded guilty today to two counts of producing child pornography.

Speed-Ticketing Cameras Going Up On The Beltway

Maryland's State Highway Administration is warning motorists that it will begin using automated cameras to target speeders on a portion of the Beltway.

D.C. Council Members Upset With Mayor's Veto

DC Mayor Vincent Gray’s decision to "pocket veto" a bill is rankling members of the city council.

Secret Service Detain Homeless Man For Scaling White House Fence

D.C. police are holding a homeless man who's accused of jumping a fence Tuesday evening at the White House.

BWI Breaks Passenger Records Yet Again

Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport is reaching passenger records despite the rough economy.

Milton Whitley: Facing His Fear Of Learning To Read

Milton Whitley dropped out of school at age 14 and was not able to read or write for the first 52 years of his life. He ended up homeless -- without any real hope of learning to read -- until he met a tutor in a Montgomery County public library. His education re-started in 2005, when he visited a dental clinic.

14th Street Bridge Construction Finishes This Weekend

A bit of good news for commuters who travel into the District from Northern Virginia: construction is soon to be complete in the northbound lanes of the 14th Street Bridge.

Virginia DA Seeks Law Enforcement Authority On Medical Fraud Cases

Investigators in Virginia's Attorney General's office are seeking greater powers to catch suspects committing Medicare and Medicaid fraud.

Montgomery Co. Launches Program To Support Wounded Veterans

A new project in Montgomery County called "Serving Together" is designed to reach out to military veterans and their families.

Judge Says Evidence In Blackwater Trial Is Shaky

A civil trial is underway in Alexandria for the company formerly known as Blackwater, which just recently relocated to our area.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Miracle Field Accommodates Children Of All Abilities

Baseball is known as America's pastime, but physical and mental disabilities may keep some would-be athletes from enjoying it. But at the newly opened Miracle Field in Germantown, no one has to be left out.

New Park And Ride Open In Loudoun County

A new state of the art park and ride lot is now open in Loudoun County.

The Hill's Alex Bolton: What's To Come From Debt Deal 'Super Committee'

The Senate did manage to pass an agreement to increase the debt ceiling this afternoon, which President Obama quickly signed. Alex Bolton, senior staff writer for The Hill newspaper, talked with WAMU anchor Pat Brogan about what comes next on Capitol Hill.

Montgomery County Council Will Set Dates To Replace Leslie Johnson

The Prince George's County Council is planning a special election to fill the seat vacated by the resignation of Leslie Johnson.

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