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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

D.C. Activists Fighting Gray Proposal To Repurpose Stadium Funds

A deal struck in 2004 to set aside funding for the Nationals ballpark neighborhood -- in order to get the needed votes to build the stadium -- is in jeopardy, and D.C. activists aren't too thrilled.

D.C.-To-NYC Buses May Get More Expensive With New Regulations

In D.C.'s Chinatown neighborhood, buses leave to or arrive from New York City at almost any hour. These buses have grown in popularity, thanks in large part to their low prices. But starting this summer, D.C. can charge companies for using curbside space.

Pets Find Shelter In D.C. After Alabama Tornado

Thirty-seven dogs and four cats rescued in the aftermath of the tornadoes that struck Alabama are now calling the District home. The pets are now being cared for at the Washington Animal Rescue League, after a 17-hour, life-saving trip in an animal ambulance.

Two Women, One A Minor, Charged In Baltimore Transgender Beating

A Baltimore County grand jury has indicted two teenagers on hate crime charges in the April beating of a transgender woman at a McDonald's restaurant in Rosedale, Md.

Realtors Get Creative In Heated Market

The Washington metro area's housing market hasn't been hit as hard as other parts of the country, but because there are thousands of realtors, competition to list properties is fierce.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Survival theater, gray area art, Placido's swan song, and afternoon hymns.

The Mysterious Disappearing Orchid

Orchids are often known only by the showy tropical varieties available in grocery stores and greenhouses. But there are hundreds of orchid species that live in this region. There is a race to save the small whorled pogonia, one of the last populations in Virginia.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Accused Driver Of Fatal Car Crash Attended Parties That Evening

New details are emerging about the Rockville man accused of driving the car in which three young friends were killed in an early morning crash in Montgomery County.

Pets Rescued From Tornado Brought To D.C. Shelter

The tornado that devastated Alabama has also wreaked havoc with thousands of pets. The Tuscaloosa animal shelter has seven times more abandoned and hurt animals than usual. Some of those displaced pets are hoping to find a home in the District.

Metro Budget Hearings: What A Difference A Year Makes

This week, Metro will be hashing out its budget for the coming year at six public hearings. The gap this year is less than one-third of last year's.

D.C. Council Remains Divided Over Budget Issues

With the clock ticking to pass a balanced budget, members of the D.C. Council held a closed-door meeting to hash out their priorities for next year's spending plan.

House Committee Reviews Conditions For Mentally, Physically Ill In Va.

Virginia fell under scrutiny from the Justice Department in February for conditions at its homes for the mentally and physically ill. The House Appropriations Committee heard about the state's progress in a meeting Monday.

Q&A With CQ Roll Call David Hawkings

WAMU's Matt McCleskey talks with editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, David Hawkings, for a preview of the week on Capitol Hill. They discuss the U.S. hitting its debt ceiling and how the dynamic on Capitol Hill will change when Wisconsin Democratic Senator Herb Kohl retires.

Warner Delivers Thanks To Navy SEALs

Virginia Sen. Mark Warner is hand-delivering messages of thanks to the Navy today, following the special forces raid that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden.

Three Killed In Montgomery County Car Crash

Three people were killed when a car struck a tree in Olney, Md. early Sunday morning. A 20-year-old driver involved in a car crash is facing multiple charges.

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