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Thursday, June 23, 2011

NASA To Use Aircraft To Help Improve Air Quality Monitoring

Starting next week, aircraft will fly noticeably low over the Baltimore-Washington area. NASA will be conducting a series of flights as part of a program designed to help improve how satellites monitor air quality, NASA atmospheric scientist Dr. James Crawford tells WAMU's Pat Brogan. Some will fly as low as 1,000 feet over major roadways.

Nats Manager Jim Riggleman Resigns

Nationals manager Jim Riggleman resigned after a 1-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners Thursday afternoon.

After Hearing On Sheen's Police Escort, Policy Still Unclear

D.C. police continue to take heat for providing a police escort for actor Charlie Sheen as he rushed to a performance in April. Police Chief Kathy Lanier and other law enforcement officers were called before the council Thursday for an explanation.

Obama's Afghanistan Withdrawal Plan Faces Local Skepticism

Many of the region's lawmakers are viewing President Obama's plan to withdraw thousands of troops from Afghanistan with skepticism, though for different reasons.

Firework Safety: Fire Departments Urge Caution

A cantaloupe sits atop a road cone. Beneath it is an M-80, a popular addition to many Fourth of July celebrations. When the firework goes off, the cantaloupe disappears, with fragments landing in all directions, some hundreds of feet away.

New Measure Looks To Ban Smoking In Some Public Spaces In MoCo

Later this morning, council members in Montgomery County will look at extending the county's smoking ban for some public spaces.

Maryland 'DREAM Act' Opponents Build Support With Signatures

The Maryland State Board of Elections has validated more than 47,000 signatures in an effort to overturn legislation that would allow certain undocumented immigrants that graduate from Maryland high schools to pay in-state college tuition.

Metrobus Drivers Don't Walk Out, But Express Concern Over Safety

Metrobus drivers didn't walk out today, as they had threatened to do yesterday, but some are saying they are still concerned that management is not paying attention to their concerns about driver safety.

Frederick Schools, Parents Fight Over Banning Textbook

The Frederick County School board will not remove a textbook that's raising eyebrows among some parents from the school's curriculum, at least for now.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Skepticism About New Cigarette Labeling at Local Tobacco Shop

The Food and Drug Administration is forcing tobacco companies to make the most significant changes in cigarette packaging in 25 years, but not everyone thinks it'll make a difference.

Md. Could Lose $2 Million Per Home Game If NFL Cancels Season

Maryland, which is home to two NFL football teams, would lose an estimated $40 million in tax revenues if the NFL's season is canceled because of a labor dispute, according to the Maryland comptroller's office.

New Virginia Laws Offer 'Second Chance' For Ex-Offenders

Virginia state officials have launched a renewed effort to help ex-offenders adjust to life “on the outside."

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Silverdocs, wooden works, a plein air showdown and plenty of theater productions.

Officials Link Man Detained During Pentagon Scare To 2010 Shootings

Officials tell the Associated Press that evidence has linked the man who was detained near the Pentagon Friday, Yonathan Melaku, to shootings at military buildings in 2010.

DOT To Audit Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority

The Obama Administration will conduct an audit of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA), after the Authority's handling of the Dulles Metrorail extension has come under fire.

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