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Monday, July 4, 2011

Horseback Riders Fight To Reopen Reservoir Trail

Local horseback riders say they're at odds with the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission after the utility blocked access to a trail used by riders for decades.

Power Outages Affect Thousands In Va.

Update July 5, 9:56 a.m.Nearly 1,500 people are still without power in Northern Virginia after Sunday evening's storms; that number is down significantly from the peak number of outages.

Virginia Tech Opens New Research Center In D.C. Area

Virginia Tech has opened a new research center in Northern Virginia, extending the school's presence in the Washington region.

National Archives Hosts Reading of Declaration of Independence

A new Marist poll finds 42 percent of Americans do not know what year the U.S. declared independence and only a quarter knew what country the U.S. broke away from. If you're among those looking for refresher in the history of Independence Day, the National Archives is the place to be this July 4th.

Fireworks On National Mall Start At 9:10 P.M.

It's expected to be a hot and packed holiday on the National Mall, and government officials and volunteers are warning visitors to be safe this July 4.

After Cancelling Recess, Senate Gets Back To Work Tuesday

The Senate will be in session this week in an attempt to reach a deal on raising the nation's debt ceiling, but Republicans say the cancellation of a planned recess for this week is a political ploy.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

A Capitol Fourth, an American art exhibit and a long lost Boo.

Consider This By Fred Fiske: Independence Day

July 4 is a time to reflect on America's rich history, our nation's successes and complexities, and the pride we feel in our nation's ideals and freedoms.

Palisades Fourth Of July Parade Marches On

For decades, thousands of spectators have watched revelers parade down a stretch of MacArthur Boulevard in Northwest D.C. The event -- replete with dancers, drummers, horses, homemade floats, local politicians and awards -- is a small town tradition that manages to thrive in the big city. Participants share their thoughts on what keeps the annual Independence Day parade going strong.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Germantown Man Charged With Second-Degree Homicide

Police have charged Brandon Dashiell, 24, of Germantown, Md. with second-degree homicide.

Four PG County Council Members Say Johnson Should Step Down

Four members of the Prince George's County Council have now called for the resignation of their colleague Leslie Johnson.

Two Teens In D.C. Summer Youth Employment Program Report Sexual Assault

Two female teenagers part of a D.C. summer youth employment program say they were victims of sexual assault while at work this week.

Online Group Fights Muslim Stereotyping With Crowdsourced Videos

To fight stereotyping, an online group called My Faith My Voice is using the Fourth of July weekend to draw attention to patriotism of Muslim Americans.

Maryland Health Officials Ease Summer Camp Sunscreen Policy

Health officials in Maryland have eased a summer camp sunscreen policy limiting those who could apply sunscreen to campers.

Sober Ride Taxi Service Available Night of July 4th for D.C. Area Residents

The Fourth of July weekend is known as a time of sun and celebration for most Americans, but the Washington Regional Alcohol Program -- or WRAP -- says it's also a time to be especially cautious about drunk drivers.