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Friday, June 3, 2011

Ocean City Plans Free Gas Giveaway

The city council in Ocean City, Md., has stirred up controversy while admittedly trying to nab headlines with a free gas promotion aimed at tourists.

D.C. Considers New Approach To Youth With Behavioral Problems

In the aftermath of a 2010 mass shooting on South Capitol Street that left four District teenagers dead, city lawmakers are looking at ways to change how the city deals with youth behavioral problems.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Music, music, and more music to welcome another Washington summer.

Jury Still Out on Endocrine Disruptors, Research Continues

Endocrine disruptors – chemicals that mimic hormones – come from pharmaceuticals and detergents that degrade in the water. They've been linked to intersex fish in the Potomac, but it's not known if they're affecting people.

D.C. Police Officer Charged With Murder After Woman And Baby Found Dead

A police officer in the District has been charged with murdering a woman in Prince George's County, Md.

D.C. Police Officer Charged With First-Degree Murder

Prince George's County police has charged 39-year-old Richmond Phillips, an employee of the Metropolitan Police Department, with one count of first-degree murder.

Bus Driver In Fatal Crash Charged With Manslaughter

The driver in the bus crash this week that killed four people on I-95 in Virginia is facing four counts of involuntary manslaughter.

Delays On Metro's Blue Line This Weekend

Metro riders can expect significant delays on the Blue line this weekend due to maintenance work.

CQ Roll Call: Weiner's Twitter Photo, Social Media Use, Debt Ceiling, Libya

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks about the latest news on Capitol Hill this week, including the attention surrounding the photo sent from Rep. Anthony Weiner’s Twitter account, congressional talks about deficit reduction and raising the debt ceiling, and whether or not to pull out of Libya.

Bay Bridge Toll Increases Get Thumbs Up From MTA

Tolls on the Bay Bridge, Baltimore Tunnels, and other roads in Maryland could increase by Oct. 1, if a plan accepted yesterday by the Maryland Transportation Authority receives final approval later this summer.

WaPo's McCartney: Dulles Metro, Funding For Homeland Security Headquarters

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney gives an analysis on the Dulles Metrorail extension in Northern Virginia and the precarious state of funding for the construction of a new Department of Homeland Security Headquarters.

Capital Pride Festival Kicks Off With Town Hall

Thousands of gays in the metro D.C. area are beginning to celebrate Capital Pride, two weeks of events that include parties, a parade, and a street festival. But many groups also use the occasion to look at serious LGBT issues.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

City, Federal Agencies Closed Again Due To Power Outage

A power outage along North Capitol Street in the District is still affecting almost 1,900 customers, and agencies with offices in the area are closed again today.

O'Malley Meets With Tasly Group On Economic Trip To Asia

A Chinese company that makes traditional medicine pills said to prevent the onset of cardiovascular disease is investing $40 million in Maryland.

D.C. May Be Without Breathalyzer Program Until Next Spring

Authorities in D.C. say it could take another nine months before the city's breathalyzer program is up-and-running again. At least one official is concerned that without this key law enforcement tool, the city could see more drunken drivers.

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