Local News from WAMU 88.5

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Federal Workers Getting Used To Near-Shutdowns

Federal workers react to narrowly avoiding a government shutdown ... again.

Obama's Back-To-School Speech Inspires Area Students

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Students from Benjamin Banneker High School in NW D.C. offer their reactions to President Obama's "Back to School" speech delivered there Wednesday.

Closure Imminent For Lincoln Theatre

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The historic Lincoln Theatre on U Street may have to shutter its doors as soon as next week due to a lack of operational funding.

Man Arrested For Plot To Blow Up Pentagon, Capitol


Authorities have arrested a 26-year-old Mass. man who is suspected of a plot to attack the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol with explosive-laden remote-controlled planes.

Man Charged For Illegally Clearing Trees

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A 74-year-old man from Sullivan Cove, Maryland has become the first person to be charged for violating the Critical Area Act, which protects the critical Chesapeake watershed.

Preparing For The Worst With RFK Disaster Drill

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D.C. EMS held practice disaster drills in the parking lot of RFK Wednesday, honing the skills they used during the earthquake and hurricane in August.

Ex-D.C. Tax Worker Charged In $400K Scam


A former D.C. tax employee is being charged with pilfering more than $400,000 by offering illegitimate refunds, and pocketing the credits.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Warrenton Improves Access For Disabled Residents

Disabled residents in Warrenton, Va. will soon have better access to public buildings, parking lots and service areas.

Latinos Now Majority Of Children In Poverty

Latino children now make up the largest population of young people living in poverty in the United States, according to new data from the Pew Hispanic Center.

Cats Rule At New Cage-Free Shelter


The Animal Welfare League has opened a newly renovated, cage-free shelter for cats in Olde Towne Gaithersburg, hoping to increase the rate of adoptions by creating a more relaxed environment for both the animals and potential adopters.

Senators Want DOD To Address BRAC Traffic

Mark Center in Alexandria

Virginia's senators are joining two of the state's Northern Virginia congressmen in appealing to the Department of Defense to address traffic issues associated with the DOD's new office at the Mark Center in Alexandria.

Virginia May Provide More Opportunities For Inmates

Virginia is aiming to reduce recidivism among released prison inmates by giving them more opportunities while they're in jail. 

Statewide Broadband Network Goes Live In Rural Md.

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Maryland's statewide broadband network has officially gone live in rural Charles County, and Senator Barbara Mikulski believes it could be a model for the nation.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Sept. 29

Presidential pieces, Witness for the Prosecution and The Black Power Mixtape.

MetroAccess Tries To Deliver Despite Financial Woes

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MetroAccess, which provides paratransit services for those with disabilities, struggles with services and an ever-tighter budget.