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Monday, May 23, 2011

Gas Prices Dip Slightly In D.C. Region

Some regional gas prices appear to be falling just one week before the Memorial Day travel weekend.

Led By Kegasus, Preakness Scores Big Crowd

It looks like the decision by Preakness organizers to turn the reins over to Kegasus -- the hard-partying mascot of the 2011 race -- was a smart bet.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Radisson Hotel Donates Fixtures To Habitat For Humanity

The fixtures from a never-opened Radisson hotel near New Castle are being donated to Habitat for Humanity.

Maryland Panel Says Crib Bumper Pads Are Hazardous

A Maryland panel has recommended that crib bumper pads be declared a hazard.

Local Organization Helps Immigrants Apply For Citizenship

Local Hispanic groups, labor unions and volunteer lawyers spent the weekend helping immigrants apply for citizenship.

Kegasus Helps Bring In Record Crowds To Preakness

Kegasus, the half-horse, half-man mascot for this year's Preakness Stakes, may have been a big contributor to this year's record crowds.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

This Year's Preakness Is Drawing In Record Crowds

Large crowds are gathering at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md. as they await the Preakness Stakes – the second jewel of Triple Crown, which kicks off at a little after 6 p.m.

Historic Burial Ground Is Headed For Restoration

An historic burial ground in Richmond that has been the center of protests is finally headed for a restoration.

Soaring Gas Prices Are Causing Hardship For Americans

Soaring fuel prices are forcing drivers to make some tough choices in order to pay for that $4 a gallon gas.

High Water Brings Danger and Diversity

The Potomac River is rising high and moving fast. Experts say that can be dangerous for boaters, but good for biodiversity.

Preakness Stakes Today In Baltimore

Around 100,000 people will pack Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore today for the Preakness Stakes. But the biggest victory for horse racing in Maryland may have been scored earlier this week.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Gray Orders Spending Freeze For D.C. Agencies

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has ordered a spending freeze for agencies in the District that are directly under his control.

Commuters Take To Two-Wheelers For 'Bike To Work Day'

The weather couldn't have turned out nicer for the D.C. area's 2011 Bike to Work Day today, and expert and novice cyclists alike filled the city streets and "pit stops" to mark the occasion.

Purple Line Sharing Roadway Will Pose Safety Challenges

Cost estimates for the Purple Line project, a light rail line in Maryland that would go from Bethesda to New Carrollton, are rising. But the project's planners say that's not the biggest challenge they face.

Montgomery Co. School Budget Slashed

The budget approved in Montgomery County Thursday cuts $25 million in school funding. The total budget for the school district is just over $2 billion.

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