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Monday, August 22, 2011

D.C. Area Amtrak Riders May Have Been Exposed To Measles

Health officials in Virginia are warning people who took one Amtrak train last week they may have been exposed to measles.

P.G. County Police Seek Information In Toddler Shooting

Prince George's County police have identified a person of interest in the weekend shooting of a toddler.

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton On The Opening Of The MLK Memorial

The memorial to Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. opens today and will be officially dedicated Saturday. D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton talks with WAMU Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey about what the memorial means to her, and to Washington as a whole.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Libya Rebels In Tripoli, Gadhafi Defenses Collapse

Libyan rebels raced into Tripoli Sunday and met little resistance as Moammar Gadhafi's defenders melted away and his 40-year rule appeared to rapidly crumble. The euphoric fighters celebrated with residents of the capital in the city's main square, the symbolic heart of the regime.

Montgomery County's Schools Superintendent To Hold Town Hall Meetings

Montgomery County's new schools superintendent is inviting parents to get to know him at a series of upcoming town halls and public meetings.

Low Voter Turnout Expected For Virginia Primaries On Tuesday

The time to cast absentee ballots in the Virginia primaries has ended.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Surfing Organization Helps Raise Autism Awareness in Ocean City

In Maryland, more than a hundred autistic children gathered on the beach in Ocean City this week to experience the feeling of catching a wave thanks to the organization, Surfer's Healing.

Zoo Experiment Sheds New Light on Animal Intelligence

The National Zoo's Don Moore says people often have the wrong idea about elephants. They’re a lot smarter than we think.

Chain Bridge Closed This Weekend

The Chain Bridge connecting Northern Virginia and the District is closed this weekend for repair work.

9/11 Riders Head Out From Pentagon To Ground Zero

This morning the hundreds of motorcyclists participating in a 9/11 commemoration are leaving the Pentagon and heading to Ground Zero.

Maryland Officials Battling Over Land Control And Development

State and local officials in Maryland are battling over a plan to slow the rate of land development.

Virginia To Decide How To Fund Next Year's Unemployment Benefits

Virginia owes $20.2 million in interest to the federal government on money borrowed to fund extended unemployment benefits. The state must now decide how to fund next year's unemployment benefits, and their decision could impact employers who pay into the trust fund.

Friday, August 19, 2011

WaPo's McCartney: Cuccinelli's Possible Senate Run, Cantor's Endorsements For 2012, Montgomery County's Teen Curfew Proposal Reignites After 7-Eleven Flash Mob

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney offers an analysis on some of this week's about top stories including Ken Cuccinelli's possible Senate seat run, Eric Cantor's endorsement from George Allen, and the fate of Montgomery County’s proposed teen curfew.

Major Weekend Track Work, Expect Weekend Delays

Weekend Metro riders should expect delays yet again this weekend, as track work continues on the Red, Blue and Orange Lines.

Georgetown Basketball Players Brawl With Chinese Team

Georgetown's men's basketball team is regrouping after a "friendship" game against a Chinese professional squad in Beijing devolved into a violent fracas.