Local News from WAMU 88.5

Friday, December 2, 2011

NORAD Santa Tracker Up And Running

Following a practice that has become a tradition NORAD has launched their Santa tracking website for this year -- where kids can track the flightpath of jolly old Saint Nick.

FBI Searches Harry Thomas Jr.'s Home

Federal authorities searched the home of D.C. council member Harry Thomas Jr. Friday morning, confiscating several items, including a Chevy Tahoe and a motorcycle. Thomas was accused earlier this year of spending $300,000 of city money for his own use.

Postal Worker Robbed Near U Street NW

Metropolitan Police are looking for a man that robbed a postal worker at the end of his mail run Dec. 1.

D.C. Changes Snow Policy For Employees To 'Shelter In Place'

The District government did a snow drill Dec. 1 to plan for what would happen if the city was hit by another "snowmageddon" and there's one big change: employees will be encouraged to 'shelter in place.'

Northern Va. Dems Fighting New Eminent Domain Law

Democrats in Northern Virginia are hoping to derail an amendment to the state constitution that would limit eminent domain, but it's likely to be a tough fight.

Activists Say Walmart's Environmental Policies Incomplete


D.C. environmental activists are dismissing Walmart's sustainability proposal as "greenwashing," that doesn't address of its effects on communities and distracts residents from unsavory labor practices.

Pew Study Shows Rise In Religious Lobbying

Maureen Fiedler of Interfaith Voices interviews Allen Hertzke about a Pew Forum report on the fivefold increase in the amount of money being spent by religious groups on lobbying in Washington since 1970.

Your Letters

Listeners respond to some of our latest segments, including Our Lady of the Highways and a story about hard-working teachers.

Door To Door: Nairn/Hermitage, Md. And Hollin Hills, Va.

This week, we visit the Nairn-Hermitage area of Silver Spring, Md., and Hollin Hills, Va.

Evolution And Paths Cut Short

Scientists say 99.9% of all creatures that once roamed the earth have gone extinct... but why?

Thursday, December 1, 2011

MoCo Council To Vote On Teen Curfew Bill Tuesday

After months of deliberation, the Montgomery County Council is expected to vote on the controversial teen curfew bill next Tuesday.

Report: Army Used Poor Data For BRAC Traffic Assessment

A new report showing that the Army used suspect data in its assessment of the effects of the implementation of Base Realignment and Closure on traffic, angering area lawmakers.

Cuccinelli To Run For Governor

Virginia attorney general Ken Cuccinelli is expected to be in the running to replace Governor Bob McDonnell when his term is up in 2013, according to reports.

Lincoln Biopic: Film Incentives Often Not Worth Cost

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While residents are excited about seeing Spielberg's Lincoln shot in Richmond, Va., one economist questions the extent of the economic benefit the film brings.

Obamas On Hand For National Christmas Tree Lighting

The first family was on-hand for the 89th lighting of the National Christmas Tree at the White House.