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Thursday, April 21, 2011

William & Mary Professor Shows Students 'The Way'

"The Way," a 2010 film starring Martin Sheen, follows the Camino de Santiago -- a famous pilgrimage trail in Spain. It's a trail that students from the College of William & Mary walk nearly every summer.

George Greenia, professor of modern languages and literature at the College of William & Mary, takes his students on the 500-mile trail. He talks to Kelley Libby from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities about the experience.

Virginia Supreme Court Paves Way for Lawsuit

The Virginia Supreme Court has revived a man's defamation claim against a Prince George County police officer who arrested him on a bogus abduction complaint.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Authors join the artists, life imitates art, and a few families save a musical tradition.

Moran Urges Northern Va. To Sue Pentagon Over BRAC

Northern Virginia Congressman Jim Moran (D) wants a lawsuit brought against the Pentagon to stop it from moving thousands of its workers to Alexandria and creating crippling traffic tie ups. And a report released Wednesday by the Pentagon's Inspector General might provide just the opening he's looking for.

Latest Maryland News

PORT DEPOSIT, Md. (AP) Maryland medical examiners are comparing a missing North Carolina teen's dental records with one of two bodies found on the Susquehanna River. They say Phylicia Barnes is the only missing person in the area who matches the age and gender of a body that was found yesterday north of the dam.

Latest Virginia News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Gov. Bob McDonnell says Applied Felts is planning a $6 million expansion of its Henry County operation that will create 40 jobs. Applied Felts produces felt liners for the cured-in-place-pipe industry. Its Henry County operation currently employs 128 full-time workers.

Maryland News Roundup

From MarylandReporter.com:FUNERAL PLANS: Political bigwigs and close personal friends plan to eulogize William Donald Schaefer at his funeral next week. U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, former NAACP President Kweisi Mfume and longtime aide Lainy Lebow-Sachs — who held Schaefer's hand as he died — are scheduled to speak at his April 27 funeral, according to an AP story in the Carroll County Times.

Four D.C. Teens Escape Juvenile Center in S.C.

UPDATE: Three of the four teens were apprehended by Thursday afternoon, according to police officials in South Carolina. Authorities have returned the escapees to the facility.

AAA: High Gas Prices Leading To More Stranded Drivers

The high cost of hitting the gas pump these days has some drivers putting it off as long as possible. In D.C., AAA Mid-Atlantic says the number of roadside calls from drivers running out of fuel has increased 40 percent in April, compared to the same period in 2010.

After Georgetown Flooding, Restaurant Openings Could Take Weeks

Four days after the Potomac River flooded the Washington Harbor Complex in Georgetown, the facility is making some progress but still appears weeks away from returning to normal operations.

BRAC Funding Will Help With Va. Traffic, But Not Soon Enough

In Virginia, the Department of Defense Base realignment and Closure -- or BRAC -- program could bring a huge economic boost to the Route 1 corridor in the form of 4000 new employees coming to work at Fort Belvoir. But new traffic problems could offset the benefits.

New York Ave Construction Could Mean $50 In Metro Fares For Commuters

Major road construction is about to begin on New York Avenue in Northeast D.C. and the District is offering inconvenienced commuters some compensation for their troubles.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

$150 Million For U.S. 1 Too Late To Help With Fall BRAC Traffic

Leaders in Northern Virginia are congratulating their congressmen for securing $150 million to help with the Pentagon's Base Realignment and Closure process. But a meeting Wednesday underscored how much work is left to be done.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Theater for the short attention set, identity art, and an evening with Margueritte.

For Flooded Businesses, Reopening Seems Far Away

Three days after the Potomac flooded the Washington Harbour complex, the company that manages the property says they're working around the clock to reinstate full operations. But restaurant and shop owners say they are no closer to knowing when they'll be back in business or why the flood gates that could have prevented the flooding were not in place.

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