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Friday, June 17, 2011

U.S. Open: Funk Looks To Make Cut Today

College Park, Maryland native Fred Funk has his work cut out for him as he tries to make the cut at the U.S. Open today at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda.

Lawmakers Look To Move Past Weiner Scandal

Several of the region's lawmakers say it's good that New York Congressman Anthony Weiner has resigned. Maryland Democrat Dutch Ruppersberger says it's time to move on.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Food Fight Between Food Trucks & Restaurants Over D.C. Regulation

Food trucks have exploded in numbers in recent years, serving up everything from lobster rolls to Korean tacos. With their innovative use of social media, the District's food trucks have won themselves a lot of devotees, but they've also garnered some enemies. The battle between the eateries-on-wheels and their bricks-and-mortar brethren is the latest rage to hit the roads.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Empty Chair tackles a classic, Kingsley Flood doesn’t water down, and SAUCERIFEROUS!

McDonnell Signs 8 Energy Bills Into Law

Some environmental groups are applauding eight pieces of legislation that Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell says will help Virginia become the clean energy capital of the East Coast, but they also say the Commonwealth has a lot of catching up to do to compete with other states seeking the same designation.

Commentary By Christopher Imbrosciano: People With Disabilities Are Underrepresented In Performing Arts

This weekend the Round House Theatre in Bethesda, Md. is hosting a performance of "Inside/Out: Voices from the Disability Community." The show weaves together the stories of several cast members who are also members of the disability community. Commentator Christopher Imbrosciano is one of them. He says we need to do a better job of including people with disabilities in performing arts.

Kaya Henderson Gets High Marks At Confirmation Hearing

Acting D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson hasn't been confirmed as the permanent schools chief just yet. The council is expected to vote on her confirmation next Tuesday, but Thursday the public got a chance to offer input on the decision.

School Bus To Double As Mobile Farmers Market

It's a national problem that has become all too real for many residents of the District. Whole neighborhoods have little to no access to fresh produce. Now, one group trying to change that with a food caravan of sorts that crosses these "food deserts" with fresh fruits and vegetables.

Ash Trees Threatened By Pest In Howard County

A pest that has been killing ash trees in more than a dozen states has been found in Howard County, Md. The ash borer could threaten Baltimore's large ash tree population.

Md. Congressman: Weiner Resignation 'Right For The Country'

Several of the region's lawmakers say it's a good thing embattled Democrat Rep. Anthony Weiner has now resigned from Congress.

Top Campaign Aide To Former Md. Governor Indicted In Robocall Probe

The top prosecutor in Maryland says a senior aide and a consultant hired by former Gov. Robert Ehrlich have been indicted in an investigation into robocalls made on Election Day in 2011.

Cuccinelli To Church Leaders: Don't Shy Away From Political Talk

Virginia Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli told Fredericksburg-area clergy Thursday that they shouldn't be afraid to speak out about candidates and issues. They just need to be careful to avoid outright endorsements that could jeopardize their churches' tax-exempt status.

U.S. Open Thursday Updates

Play continues at the U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., despite ominous skies.

U.S. Open: D.C. Congestion Meant Doubling Shuttle Buses

After 14 years, the U.S. Open officially returns to Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland this morning. This year's event provided some unique challenges for organizers.

Va. Ass't Principal Arrested For Child Pornography

An assistant principal at an elementary school in Virginia's Fauquier County is facing charges of possessing and distributing child pornography.

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