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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Opponents Of Maryland DREAM Act Pass First Petition Test

In Maryland, opponents of a law that will allow undocumented students to receive in-state tuition at state colleges and universities are another step closer to getting the measure before voters.

Tiger Woods Won't Play U.S. Open

Tiger Woods will not be playing at next week's U.S. Open golf tournament at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md.

Fairfax Man Pleads Guilty In Escort Scam

A man from Fairfax, Va., has admitted to harboring undocumented immigrants from Korea who served as ''doumi girls'' to flirt with male customers and pour drinks at karaoke clubs.

Clifton Elementary School Will Close June 30

The Virginia Supreme Court has upheld the decision by to close Clifton Elementary school in Fairfax County.

Virginia Tech Shares Green Pest Control Technology Worldwide

With the world’s population growing, the pressure is on to produce more food on less land. The challenge is especially great in the tropics, where insects and fungi compete with farmers for edible crops. Now scientists from Virginia Tech are traveling the world, promoting powerful organic ways to protect plants.

Jefferson Memorial Dancers Get Support From D.C. Delegate

Demonstrators who want to dance in some of Washington's revered public spaces are now getting some support from D.C.'s delegate to Congress.

Schools Seek Books Program Funding After Budget Cuts

A school in Alexandria is struggling to figure out how to provide students with their own books now that funding has been eliminated for "Reading is Fundamental," a federal literacy program created in the 1960s.

After Dog's Death In Loudoun, Owner Blames Police

A dog owner is blaming the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office for the death of his pet, and the incident has many animal owners upset.

After Sulaimon Brown Testimony, Answers Still Elusive

Former long-shot mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown has wrapped up his testimony on the actions of the Mayor Vincent Gray campaign before the D.C. Council. But Brown's long-awaited appearance Monday provided more fireworks than answers.

Thomas' Economic Development Committee Holds Rare Private Meeting

D.C.'s attorney general is suing Council member Harry Thomas Jr. for alleged misuse of $300,000 in city funds, but Thomas insists he will fight the charge. Now Thomas is facing questions about his future.

Maryland Will Study Marcellus Shale Drilling

The state of Maryland will study drilling techniques, including fracking, to be used to extract natural gas from the Marcellus Shale formation in the state.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Thomas: No Plans To Resign Over Charges Of Misspending Public Money

D.C.'s attorney general has filed a lawsuit against Council member Harry Thomas Jr., alleging the lawmaker misspent $300,000 of city funds for personal and political gain.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

An Afro Brazilian blast, trash becomes treasure, Broadway in Bethesda, and live music returns to the Galaxy Hut.

Gone Fishing: D.C. Students Go 'Outdoors' In Urban Environment

In honor of National Fishing and Boating Week, hundreds of school children in the region cast their lines in the Constitution Garden Pond.

D.C. Attorney General Files Suit Against Council Member Thomas

D.C.'s Attorney General's Office is releasing the findings of its investigation into a nonprofit run by D.C. Council member Harry Thomas. The attorney general has filed a civil lawsuit against Thomas.

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