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Friday, June 17, 2011

Lincoln Letters Head to Auction

Letters written by Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and President Abraham Lincoln are headed to auction, revealing each man's deeply felt views as the Civil War divided the nation.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Father's Day is here and the right event is near.

Groundwork Aims To Make D.C. Community Greener

After growing up being able to play outside in his neighborhood, one lifelong Ward 7 resident is on a mission to provide the same for today's youth, and grow his community by making it greener.

Marine Reservist Is The Suspect In The Pentagon Scare

The FBI is investigating what a Marine reservist was doing at Arlington National cemetery after it closed, carrying a backpack that contained suspicious materials.

CQ Roll Call: Weiner Resigns, Residual Effects For Democrats, Replacing Weiner's Seat, Obama And Boehner To Golf

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks about the top stories on Capitol Hill week, including Anthony Weiner's resignation and the expected residual effects for the democrats, how Weiner's District is planning to fill his seat, and what we can expect from President Obama and Speaker Boehner's golf game this Saturday.

Last Hurrah Planned for Clifton Elementary

In Virginia Friday evening, teachers, current students and alumni of the soon-to-close Clifton Elementary in Fairfax County are gathering to celebrate the legacy of their neighborhood school.

Metro Work To Cause Weekend Delays

Metro riders can expect delays this weekend on parts of the red, orange, green, and blue lines due to scheduled maintenance work.

WaPo's McCartney: Ehrlich Aide Indicted Over Robocalls Case, Allen Releases Economic Blueprint, MoCo Dealing With Traffic from U.S. Open

Robert McCartney talks about the top stories going on around the region, including the indictment of a senior aide to former Gov. Robert Ehrlich over robocalls, the release of George Allen's economic blueprint, and the traffic effects from the U.S. Open on Montgomery County.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

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.

Mikulski: Metro Has Made Progress

Metro's general manager and chief safety officer met with local lawmakers Wednesday to present a progress report on safety measures ordered after the crash of a red line train two years ago.

Fairfax School Wins International Honor For Sustainability

Lanier Middle School's efforts to put environmentalism at the center of education have won them an award.

U.S. Open: Trees And Grass Don't Always Mix On A Golf Course

First round play begins this morning at the U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda. But just like the parking logistics for the huge event, it took close to two years to get the course ready for this day.

Same-Sex Divorce Considered In Maryland Courts

Opponents of same-sex marriage in Maryland have been able to defeat efforts to make those unions legal in the state. But a case heading to the Maryland Special Court Of Appeals could determine how the state will handle same-sex divorce proceedings.

New HIV/AIDS Cases In D.C. Down By Half

While D.C.'s HIV/AIDs rate remains at an epidemic level, the District is making gains in a number of areas, according to District health officials.

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.

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