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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

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.

FBI Seeks Info On 2010 Shootings Targeting Military Facilities

It's been more than six months without resolution in a series of shootings aimed at military facilities in Northern Virginia. Now, authorities are making a new appeal to find the persons responsible.

The Hill's Alex Bolton: Jobs And Debit Card Transaction Fees Grab Attention

Senior staff writer at The Hill, Alex Bolton, speaks with WAMU's Pat Brogan about how recent jobs numbers have lawmakers refocusing on job creation. Bolton also unpacks a bill that has been keeping bank lobbyists busy.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Singalongs, drama, and the faces and stories of D.C. youth.

Police Confirm 12-Year-Old In Gaithersburg Was Stabbed

Police in Montgomery County, Md., are continuing their investigation into the death of a 12-year-old girl found inside her home in Gaithersburg last week. The police are now confirming the girl was stabbed.

Festival Aims To Get Kids Outdoors

Saturday is National Get Outdoors Day, and there will be an event taking place at Kingman Island to promote healthy living.

Going To The U.S. Open? Driving Is Preferred Option

Even without Tiger Woods, next week's U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., will attract tens of thousands of fans. For this event, traveling by Metro may not be the most convenient method.

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