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Monday, July 25, 2011

Virginia Lawmakers Still Debating Offshore Drilling

Virginia lawmakers are fighting for the state to get millions of dollars in revenue from allowing drilling off the state’s coast.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

D.C. Metro Area Mourns Victims In Norway Massacre

Roses, sunflowers, candles, even images of orthodox saints are being left in front of the Norwegian Embassy, at the foot of a statue of Crown Princess Martha.

Massey Slurry Pollution Case Preparing For Trail

Judges hearing a coal slurry pollution case against Massey Energy say any reference to a 2010 mine explosion is off limits at trial, along with certain phrases in opening statements.

D.C. Council Members Call For Harry Thomas Jr.'s Resignation

A second D.C. Council member has called for the resignation of colleague Harry Thomas Jr.

Maryland Redistricting Public Hearings Began This Weekend

A panel advising Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley on how to redistrict the state's congressional seats kicked off its public comment sessions this weekend.

VisArts Showcases Five Local Emerging Artists

VisArts Gallery in Rockville, Md. is running a new art exhibit that showcases five local artists. The exhibition held by the non-profit is titled “D.C. Emerging.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Ocean City Hopes to Appeal to Younger Crowds with the DEW Tour

The Dew Tour is bringing big crowds and big stars from the world of extreme sports to Ocean City, Md. this weekend. But, the event may be a sign the town is going for a younger demographic.

Washington Humane Society Offers Tips To Keep Pets Safe During Heat Wave

As we take precautions to protect against the heat, the Washington Humane Society is offering tips on how to help your pets cope.

Partial FAA Shutdown Puts 975 Local Workers On Furlough

The Federal Aviation Administration is in a partial shutdown today after lawmakers were unable to agree on a funding extension for the agency by a midnight deadline.

Police Warn Against Jewelers Who Switch Out Stones

Fairfax County police are warning people about scams involving jewelry cleaning and appraisal.

Maryland Same-Sex Marriage Supporters Believe History On Their Side Next Year

Supporters of same-sex marriage in Maryland believe Gov. Martin O'Malley's decision to sponsor a bill next year legalizing such marriages will put the measure over the top.

High School Football Teams In Maryland Square Off Against The Heat

Training to become an athlete is difficult enough, but imagine doing it during this week's heat wave. Some Maryland high school football teams are working hard to adapt to the extreme conditions.

Friday, July 22, 2011

D.C. Heat Wave Shows No Signs Of Letting Up

It was already 80 degrees around dawn this morning, and local officials are urging people to take seriously the health and safety warnings that go along with extreme heat.

Civil War Commemoration Stifled by Heat

The commemoration of the first major battle of the U.S. Civil War continues in Manassas today, and hundreds of history buff are expected to continue to brave the area's oppressive heat for the events.

Maryland Producers Urge Residents To 'Buy Local'

Maryland officials are urging residents to stock up on lots of local foods next week, and Gov. Martin O'Malley kicked off the week with a "buy local cookout" in Annapolis Thursday.

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