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Friday, March 4, 2011

Va. Historical Society Creates Slave Name Database

Descendants of slaves in Virginia will soon have a new way to find information about their forbears.

Nurses At D.C.'s Largest Hospital Go On Strike

Registered nurses with the Washington Hospital Center are holding a strike after their union failed to reach negotiations with hospital management over wages and benefits. Nurses say the proposed pay cuts will have a direct effect on patient care.

Stafford Trial Muddied By Issues Of Race, Autism

UPDATE: In Stafford, Va., a jury has come back with a guilty verdict in the case of an autistic man charged with the malicious wounding of a police officer.

Pr. William County Sues Federal Government Over Immigration Records

Prince William County, Va., is suing the federal government over a freedom of information act request the county says was unfairly denied.

Arlington County Seeks Deadbeat Taxpayers

In the dead of night, when most people in Virginia are sleeping, Arlington County tax specialists are out looking for deadbeat taxpayers.

D.C. Marks Anniversary Of Gay Marriage Law

To mark the one-year anniversary of the District's gay marriage law, Mayor Vincent Gray and other city leaders and activists gathered at a church in Southwest D.C.

Rabbit Rescue Begs Parents Not To Impulse Buy This Easter

Buying your child a bunny for Easter sounds like the picture-perfect cliché, but a rabbit-rescue organization in Haymarket, Va., says many end up abandoned.

Does ACLU Have A Case Against Metro's Bag Searches?

Metro may have to defend its new program of random bag searches in court through a challenge to the program from the American Civil Liberties Union.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Festivals, tap dancing, Wavy Gravy, and Dr. Patch Adams.

Metro Closures For The Weekend

Portions of both Metro's Blue and Orange lines will be closed this weekend.

Suspect Arrested In 'East Coast Rapist' Case

Authorities have arrested a man they believe is reponsible for rapes and other attacks on 17 women in several states along the Eastern Seaboard.

This Week In Congress: Debate Over Spending

This week in Congress began and ended with much of the focus on the on-going back-and-forth between House and Senate Republicans and Democrats over passage of a federal spending plan for the remainder of the fiscal year.

Maryland Committee Passes Gay Marriage Bill

In Maryland, the House Judiciary Committee has approved a bill to legalize gay marriage in the state. The panel voted 12 to 10 to approve the bill.