Local News from WAMU 88.5

Friday, October 14, 2011

From Anacostia To Africa: An Outsider Becomes A Queen

One businesswoman from Anacostia will soon be made a Ghanaian queen -- a position that nowadays involves more of an acumen for development than pomp and circumstance.

[Music: "Bee" by Detwiije from Six is Better Than Eight]

Thursday, October 13, 2011

National Cathedral: Spires Removed For Repair

Pinnacle strapped to a crane

A crane began lowering pinnacles off the National Cathedral today so they can be repaired of the damage they sustained during the Aug. 23 earthquake that struck the region.

MWAA Opposes Restructuring Plan

A proposed legislation that would give Virginia greater presence on the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority board has some flying with frustration.

Johnson Sentencing Date Rescheduled

The sentencing of former Prince George's County councilwoman Leslie Johnson will not take place today, due to scheduling conflicts.

D.C. Officials: Sewage Project Will Raise Rates, Bring Jobs

The huge sewage treatment project D.C. launched yesterday will mean significant water rate hikes during the next several years -- but city officials are also hoping it will bring hundreds of jobs to residents.

Teens Challenge Montgomery Co. Council On Curfew

Teens fill up the Montgomery County Council room.

Teenagers in Montgomery County turned out in droves to a county council meeting yesterday to voice opposition to a proposed teen curfew. The curfew would prohibit teens under 18 from being out after 11 p.m. on weekdays and midnight on weekends.

WTU Will Look For Changes In New Teachers' Contract

D.C. Public Schools officials and the Washington Teachers' Union will begin negotiations on a new teachers contract next week. They have about a year to work out the deal before the current contract expires.

Baltimore Co. Seeks Schools Superintendent

Baltimore County is on the hunt for a new schools superintendent, after current superintendent Dr. Joe Hairston announced he would retire after 12 years in the position.

D.C. Residents To Rally For Voting Rights

Shadow Sen. Mike Brown and others sit on a street to protest

D.C. leaders are urging city residents to hit the streets to rally for D.C. voting rights this weekend, to coincide with the Rev. Al Sharpton's "Jobs for Justice" march and the dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Police Search Parks For 11-Year-Old William McQuain

Police are searching Damascus Regional Park and Little Bennett Regional Park for 11 year-old William McQuain.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011