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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Capital Pride Parade Marches Through D.C.

Capital Pride held its annual march through Dupont Circle Saturday night and into early Sunday morning.

Meal Service Company In D.C. Shuts Down

A company that provides meals to elderly residents in the region has shut down.

D.C. Campaign Finance Officials File Complaint Against Brown Committee

The chairman of the D.C. City Council is facing a complaint from campaign finance authorities.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Civil War Trust Plans To Buy Former GM Powertrain

The Civil War Trust plans to buy the 300 square-foot former GM Powertrain plant. That’s where historians say the Battle of Fredericksburg was decided.

Air & Space Museum to Recreate Genesis of the Spy Balloon

The National Air and Space Museum will re-create a key moment in the nation's first attempt at an air force during the Civil War decades before the first airplane flight.

Exhibit Puts Focus on School Facilities

Only a fraction of students at The Washington Metropolitan High School scored proficient on recent reading tests. But junior Joshua Elliot says it doesn’t have to be that way, and improving the school’s library is an important step.

O'Malley Wraps Up Trade Mission

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D-Md.) has wrapped up a trade mission to three countries in Asia.

Maryland ACLU Questions Petitions Seeking Overturn Of DREAM Act In State

In Maryland, the battle continues to escalate over the recently signed law that allows undocumented students to get in-state tuition rates at state universities and colleges.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Church To Show Its Colors In Capital Pride Parade

The Capital Pride Parade is scheduled for Saturday afternoon, and in addition to many fun and outrageous floats and paraders, this year, there will also be one participant that's divinely inspired.

Metro Reaches Out To Other Agencies After Spike In Crimes

Metro is reaching out to other police departments in the region for help in combating an increase in crime. The discussion from the transit police force came on the same day that a D.C. superior court judge had his iPhone stolen on the Metro.

Metro Budget Passes In Committee, Without Longer Weekend Waits

A Metro committee approved the transit system's budget for the coming fiscal year June 9, and it contains no fare hikes and no major service cuts. It's a budget miles away from where Metro was in 2010.

Artists at D.C. Gallery Married Decades After Meeting

An art gallery at a D.C. senior center that only features older, local artists is spotlighting a married couple with quite a love story.

Bay Game Puts Watershed Management In Hands Of Players

In June, congressional staffers will gather to play the Bay Game, a new tool developed by professors at the University of Virginia. The game is growing in popularity and was most recently played by students from seven universities across Virginia.

Campaign Finance Files Charges Against Kwame Brown Re-Election Committee

The D.C. Office for Campaign Finance has completed an investigation into the 2008 re-election committee of City Council Chair Kwame Brown, and has filed charges against the campaign.

Civil Rights Leaders See Economic Boost in Environmental Movement

NAACP president Benjamin Jealous says it's time people started looking at sustainability as a civil right.