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Monday, October 3, 2011

MPD Welcomes 35 New Recruits

Nearly three dozen new MPD recruits start at the city's police academy today, just a few of the 300 new officers that are expected to be hired this fiscal year. 

Council Examines Peaceoholics' Grants

D.C. auditors didn't find any evidence of wrongdoing in a recently released audit of grants awarded to the violence-prevention nonprofit group Peaceoholics, but they did question how the city awarded some grant monies to the group.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Oct. 3

Talking about music, Harry Callahan and peace in the Middle East.

Crystal City Gateway Breaks Ground

Leaders in Arlington County will be gathering today to break ground on a new southern gateway into Crystal City from Alexandria. The project is part of a larger effort to reimagine the city of the future.

UMD Wins Solar Decathlon Challenge

The University of Maryland has taken the top prize in the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon.

Roads Reopen After Suspicious Package Investigation

Police have reopened the intersection of Columbia Road and 18th Street, NW after investigating a suspicious package.

Super Committee Faces Lines Of Lobbyists

Capitol Building

As the super committee focuses on cutting more than $1 trillion from the nation's debt, lobbyists are pushing committee members to support their interests.

Low Test Scores At MoCo High Schools

Reports indicate nearly half of public high schools in Montgomery County failed to make the grade on statewide tests this year.

Event Offers Wild Mushroom Education

After four people were hospitalized last month, the Mycological Association of Washington hosted an event to help people identify which mushrooms are safe to eat and which are not.

Wind Blows Engineer From Monument

Sky-high inspections of the Washington Monument were temporarily halted this weekend after a strong gust of wind blew an engineer clear off the top.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Body Found On Metro Tracks In Rockville

Police are investigating the death of a 37-year-old man found dead on the tracks near Rockville Metro station early Saturday morning.

O'Malley To Re-energize Offshore Wind Bill

Gov. Martin O'Malley is expected to re-introduce his offshore wind energy bill in the upcoming session, but State Sen. Jim Mathias says he'll need to convince more than politicians if he wants the bill passed.

Va. Mortgage Company Denies Loan Discrimination

A Virginia mortgage company denies discriminating against Black and Hispanic borrowers, but has agreed to revise its practices to avoid litigation costs.

Smithsonian Displays Historic White House Decorations

A new exhibit at the Smithsonian lets visitors explore decorative arts that have been displayed at the White House over the years.

Free Foreclosure Counseling In MoCo

Free foreclosure counseling and legal advice for homeowners will be offered for Montgomery County residents Saturday.