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Monday, February 28, 2011

Major Push To Trap 'East Coast Rapist'

The FBI and local police are launching a new effort to catch the so-called "East Coast Rapist," believed responsible for attacks on 17 women since 1997.

Gas Prices On The Rise

Gas prices are steadily rising as the cost for crude oil creeps higher.

Plane Leaving Reagan Experiences Engine Failure

A plane that was re-routed to Dulles International after reporting engine trouble has landed safely.

Council Wants More Oversight For City-Leased Vehicles

Following the controversy in D.C. surrounding the city council chairman's pair of city-leased luxurious SUVs, several council members are calling for greater oversight of taxpayer-funded vehicles.

Cheh Wants Closer Look At Salary Increases Of Gray Staff

D.C. Council Member Mary Cheh says she wants to find out more about the steep salary increases that some of Mayor Vincent Gray's top staffers have received.

Va. Climate Case Creates Unease, Even Among Climate Skeptics

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is awaiting a decision from the state's Supreme Court on his efforts to investigate former University of Virginia climate professor Michael Mann.

Measles Exposure Alert Issued In D.C.

D.C.'s Department of Health is issuing an alert for a possible measles exposure earlier on Feb. 20 to Feb. 22.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

A doctor, a playwright, and an artist come to the District.

Md. Committee Hears Medical Marijuana Testimony

In Maryland, a joint House committee is hearing testimony for a bill to legalize medical marijuana. The O'Malley administration is not supporting the measure.

Alexandria Has Highest AIDS Rate In Northern Virginia

Despite protracted efforts to prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS, Alexandria's rate of incidence is 3.4 times higher than the rate across Virginia.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Local Republicans, Democrats Decry Metro Funding Elimination

As Congressional budget negotiations continue, a bipartisan group of state legislators from Northern Virginia are asking members to protect funding for Metro.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Free Dental Care In Maryland

A dental practice in Laurel, Md., is offering free emergency dental care Saturday for patients who can't afford it.