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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.

Friday, July 22, 2011

CQ's Roll Call: More On Deficit Reduction Talks, FAA Furlough Goes Into Effect Tonight

Debt limit and deficit reduction talks continued, to no avail, on Capitol Hill this week, and CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing editor David Hawkings spoke with WAMU Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey about the ongoing negotiations, as well as a looming furlough of Federal Aviation Administration employees.

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.

National Zoo Panda Not Pregnant

The National Zoo says it has ended the round-the-clock pregnancy watch for giant panda Mei Xiang. It turns out she was not pregnant after all, according to the Associated Press.

WaPo's McCartney: Politics Push Dulles Metro Above Ground, O'Malley To Sponsor Gay Marriage Bill

Washington Post Metro columnist Robert McCartney talks with WAMU Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey about a decision to change course on the location of a Metro station at Dulles Airport and an expected announcement from Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley that he will sponsor a gay marriage bill this fall.

Montgomery Co. Firefighters Will Get Creative For 'Fill The Boot' Campaign

Next month, firefighters in Montgomery County will conduct their annual "Fill The Boot" campaign to benefit muscular dystrophy. But one thing firefighters will have to be careful about this year is to stay on the right side on the law.

D.C. Heat Wave Shows No Signs Of Letting Up

It was already 80 degrees around dawn this morning, and local officials are urging people to take seriously the health and safety warnings that go along with extreme heat.

Civil War Commemoration Stifled by Heat

The commemoration of the first major battle of the U.S. Civil War continues in Manassas today, and hundreds of history buff are expected to continue to brave the area's oppressive heat for the events.

Maryland Producers Urge Residents To 'Buy Local'

Maryland officials are urging residents to stock up on lots of local foods next week, and Gov. Martin O'Malley kicked off the week with a "buy local cookout" in Annapolis Thursday.

Strengthening U.S.-Israeli Relationship Could Boost Virginia’s Job Market

Recent events in the Middle East and the strained relationship between U.S. and Israeli leaders might give the impression that strengthening business ties between the two countries is out of the question. But the head of the Virginia-Israel Advisory Board says that couldn't be farther from the truth.

Pedicabbers Call D.C.'s New Regulations Unfair, Unnecessary

Next week, D.C. is scheduled to enact new safety regulations for pedicabs, those rickshaws strapped to bicycles you often see on the National Mall.

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