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Monday, July 25, 2011

Virginia State Crime Commission To Discuss Medicaid Fraud And Reckless Driving

The Virginia State Crime Commission is meeting in Richmond to discuss topics ranging from Medicaid fraud to reckless driving.

Arlington Police Seek Bilingual Volunteers

Police in Virginia's Arlington County are asking people with language skills to help them communicate better with immigrant communities.

CQ Roll Call: Debt Ceiling Talks Drag On, Hundreds of FAA Furloughs in D.C. Area

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks about the latest news on Capitol Hill, including on-going debt ceiling negotiations between the House and the Senate, as well as the furlough of around 900 Federal Aviation Administration employees.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

D.C. Metro Area Mourns Victims In Norway Massacre

Roses, sunflowers, candles, even images of orthodox saints are being left in front of the Norwegian Embassy, at the foot of a statue of Crown Princess Martha.

Massey Slurry Pollution Case Preparing For Trail

Judges hearing a coal slurry pollution case against Massey Energy say any reference to a 2010 mine explosion is off limits at trial, along with certain phrases in opening statements.

D.C. Council Members Call For Harry Thomas Jr.'s Resignation

A second D.C. Council member has called for the resignation of colleague Harry Thomas Jr.

Maryland Redistricting Public Hearings Began This Weekend

A panel advising Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley on how to redistrict the state's congressional seats kicked off its public comment sessions this weekend.

VisArts Showcases Five Local Emerging Artists

VisArts Gallery in Rockville, Md. is running a new art exhibit that showcases five local artists. The exhibition held by the non-profit is titled “D.C. Emerging.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Partial FAA Shutdown Puts 975 Local Workers On Furlough

The Federal Aviation Administration is in a partial shutdown today after lawmakers were unable to agree on a funding extension for the agency by a midnight deadline.

Police Warn Against Jewelers Who Switch Out Stones

Fairfax County police are warning people about scams involving jewelry cleaning and appraisal.

Maryland Same-Sex Marriage Supporters Believe History On Their Side Next Year

Supporters of same-sex marriage in Maryland believe Gov. Martin O'Malley's decision to sponsor a bill next year legalizing such marriages will put the measure over the top.

High School Football Teams In Maryland Square Off Against The Heat

Training to become an athlete is difficult enough, but imagine doing it during this week's heat wave. Some Maryland high school football teams are working hard to adapt to the extreme conditions.

Ocean City Hopes to Appeal to Younger Crowds with the DEW Tour

The Dew Tour is bringing big crowds and big stars from the world of extreme sports to Ocean City, Md. this weekend. But, the event may be a sign the town is going for a younger demographic.

Washington Humane Society Offers Tips To Keep Pets Safe During Heat Wave

As we take precautions to protect against the heat, the Washington Humane Society is offering tips on how to help your pets cope.

Friday, July 22, 2011

UDC Van Ness Campus Closes Due to Excessive Heat

The excessive heat forced the University of the District of Columbia's main campus in Northwest D.C. to close today.

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