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Friday, May 6, 2011

Maryland's Gary Williams Brought Passion To Terps

The University of Maryland's men's basketball coach Gary Williams is expected to give more detail this afternoon about his decision to retire.

Avg Gas Price Jumps to More than $4

Pump prices have climbed for more than 40 straight days, and in the District, the average cost for a gallon of gas is now $4.16. But many stations have fuel prices much higher than that.

Q&A With WaPo Columnist Liz Clarke On Md. Basketball Coach Retiring

The University of Maryland Men's basketball coach Gary Williams is stepping down. Williams' career spanned 33 years, including 22 years leading the Terrapins. He had a 668 total wins that included a national championship at Maryland in 2002. Washington Post sports writer Liz Clark talks to WAMU's Matt McCleskey about Williams' decision to retire.

CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing talks with WAMU’s Matt McCleskey about this week's Capitol Hill news.

Montgomery County Police Honors Fallen Officer

Montgomery County police are honoring a fallen officer who left behind a pregnant wife and son when he was killed in the line of duty.

Alexandria Renames City Jail For Slain Sheriff

The jail in Alexandria is now known as the William Truesdale Adult Detention Center, named for a slain deputy sheriff.

Maryland Basketball Coach Gary Williams Retires

Long time University of Maryland men's basketball coach Gary Williams will retire this year, according to a statement from the university released Thursday.

Photos Of Tattoos Raise Questions On Montgomery Police's Gang Policies

Teenagers with tattoos are usually eager to show off their "ink" -- but some teens in Montgomery County say they're being wrongly forced to show them off to the police.

D.C. Steps Up Mail Safety At Schools After Scare

In the District, authorities say they are taking steps to ensure the safety of all mail going in the school system after more than a dozen D.C. public schools received suspicious letters containing a white powdery substance Thursday.

Virginia Offshore Drilling Bill Passes U.S. House

The House of Representatives has passed a bill to reverse an Obama Administration decision banning offshore drilling in Virginia.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

May 6, 2011 – Square dancing, open studios, Follies, and chamber music—all for Mom.

Commentary By Rev. Jered Weber-Johnson: Weatherization Means Jobs

The joblessness rate in D.C.'S Ward 7 is 16.4 percent; in Ward 8 it's more than 24 percent, according District estimates. Commentator the Reverend Jered Weber-Johnson -- pastor at St. Alban's Episcopal Church -- says community-led efforts expanding the local green energy economy can both improve the environment and create green jobs for residents.

What's That Tree? There's An App for That!

Those seeking to enjoy Rock Creek Park this summer will be able to use their smart phones to connect to nature.

Nature As A Business: Rewarding Farmers For Conservation

Typically, environmentalists are at odds with market forces -- think clear cutting the rain forest or over-harvesting of fish. But some conservationists believe the best way to save the environment from the market is to turn it into one. If nature can be rewarded for the economic benefits it provides, it might survive better.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Suspicious Letters With White Power Found In D.C. Schools

Authorities now confirm that suspicious packages were found at 15 D.C. schools, which led to some partial evacuations.