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Thursday, May 5, 2011

House Passes Bill to Reopen Virginia Coastal Water to Drilling

The U.S. House has passed a bill that would reopen areas off Virginia's coast to oil and gas drilling, reversing the Obama administration decision to halt all lease sales there in the wake of the BP oil disaster.

Colleagues Honor Officer Killed While Wife Was Pregnant

A Montgomery County police officer killed in the line of duty while his wife was pregnant with triplets, is now immortalized at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

Alexandria Jail Named For Slain Deputy Sheriff

In Virginia, the Alexandria Adult Detention Center has a new name. The facility was renamed today in honor of a sheriff's deputy who was killed in the line of duty thirty years ago.

Suspicious Packages With White Power Found In 7 D.C. Schools

Update 4:11 p.m.: D.C. officials are investigating reports of 20 schools that have received suspicious letters containing a powdery white substance.

According to NBC Washington, the schools known at this time are:

  • William Powell Elementary School in Northwest
  • Terrell Elementary School in Southeast
  • Ronald Brown Middle School in Northeast
  • Martin Luther King Elementary School in Southeast
  • Lafayette Elementary School in Northwest
  • Hamilton Molten Academy in Northeast
  • School Without Walls Senior High School in Northwest
  • Ballou Senior High School in Southeast
  • Anacostia High School in Southeast
  • Burroughs Elementary School in Northeast
  • Spingarn High School in Northeast
  • Marie Reed School in Northwest
  • Peabody Elementary School in Northeast
  • Eight Budget Agreement Protesters May Opt To Go To Trial

    Several of the D.C. protesters arrested at demonstrations against the Congressional budget deal say they may opt to take their cases to trial.

    U.S. House to Vote on Offshore Drilling in Virginia

    The U.S. House is scheduled to vote today on legislation that could open Virginia waters to offshore oil and gas exploration.

    Protesters Head To D.C. Court

    Protesters from the demonstrations that last month led to 41 arrests, including that of D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and six D.C. council members, will appear in court today. But only 15 of those arrested will be in attendance.

    Va. State Senator Remembers 'Freedom Riders'

    It's been 50 years since 13 men and women departed from Washington, D.C. on a commercial bus as part of the civil rights "freedom riders" movement.

    Mary Cheh, Several Others Arrested At Capitol Hill Protest

    Another D.C. official has been arrested in an act of civil disobedience.

    Wednesday, May 4, 2011

    Shaw's Roots: From 'Heart Of Chocolate City' To 'Little United Nations'

    An influx of new residents and businesses to the Shaw neighborhood in Northwest D.C. has some people welcoming progress, but is leading others to leave what many consider to be the heart and soul of "Chocolate City."

    D.C. Council May Waive Waiting Period For Gun Owners

    With the District's only licensed firearms dealer temporarily out of business, city lawmakers are looking at ways provide some concessions to prospective gun owners.

    Council Member Cheh Arrested At Abortion Funding Protest

    In the District, a group of local abortion rights activists are protesting on Capitol Hill and Council member Mary Cheh is among those who've been arrested.

    Irvin Nathan Confirmed As D.C. Attorney General

    D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's pick for the city's attorney general has been confirmed by the D.C. Council. Council members voted unanimously to confirm Irvin Nathan to the post.

    Protesters Oppose Bill Banning Abortion Funding

    UPDATE: Eight arrested in protest over abortion funding, including D.C. Council member Mary Cheh. Activists are gathering on Capitol Hill to protest a House resolution that would ban the District from spending local dollars on abortions.

    'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

    Love, truth and sacrifice in The Green Bird, outstanding soloists at the Kennedy Center and London's St. Martin choir at Lafayette Square.