Local News from WAMU 88.5

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

July 4th Festivities Hint At Coming Civil War Celebration In Manassas

Residents in the city of Manassas in Northern Virginia say last weekend's July Fourth holiday had a special buzz to it, mainly because of the city's coming commemoration of the start of the Civil War later this month.

D.C. Council To Scrutinize Hate Crime Reporting

The District's ability to track and respond to hate crimes comes under a microscope this week.

O'Malley Starts Maryland Redistricting Process

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley has named the committee that will draft new voting district lines for the state.

D.C. Sierra Club Dives Into Dumpsters To Enforce Recycling

It's 10 p.m. and Peter Bergen is elbow-deep in trash. "It smells just like what a Dumpster should smell like. Very fresh. Something you'd want to wake up to in the morning," Bergen says.

Wal-Mart Coming To D.C.: Activists Want Promises In Writing

Community groups in the District are fighting for input when it comes time to negotiate with Wal-Mart. The retail giant is scheduled to open four stores in D.C. next year in Wards 4, 5, 6 and 7, and some want to see promises in writing about everything from wages to traffic.

Nitrogen-Eating Bacteria Helps Arlington Treat Waste Water

Local governments in Virginia are struggling to cope with new requirements to reduce the amount of pollution that's dumped into the Potomac River, and one of them has opted to take a novel approach.

Students At Rare Book School Get Hands Dirty With Age-Old Manuscripts

In the bowels of the main library at the University of Virginia, a handful of students hit the books throughout the summer -- with more than 80,000 rare volumes and manuscripts. As part of the University's Rare Book School, they learn to read books in a whole new way.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Alexandria gets all gooey, Shakespeare Theatre Company goes to Venice and the USS Cyclops remains AWOL.

Police Open Cold Case after DNA Links Rapes

Investigators say DNA connects the 1998 killing of a woman in Georgetown to a series of sexual assaults in Montgomery County during the same time period.

Kastles Stadium Opens With Venus Williams

The new Kastles Stadium built on the bank of the Potomac River, at the Southwest Waterfront, will host seven games this summer starting tonight with Venus Williams as the headliner.

'Nighttime Mayor' Of Ocean City Lives His Dream Life

If you look at the sun visor covering Mike Beatty's shaggy hair, the Hawaiian shirt on his back, or the tattered Vans on his feet, "mayor" might not be the first word that comes to mind.

Leslie Johnson Resigns, Council Removes Her Staff, Resources

Leslie Johnson has resigned from the Prince George's County Council, five days after she pleaded guilty to destroying evidence in a federal corruption probe.

Dalai Lama Arrives In D.C. Today

The Verizon Center in downtown D.C. is gearing up for the huge influx of people expected there for the Dalai Lama's appearance this week.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Gearing Up For Fireworks In Manassas

Thousands of people who want to see a fireworks display but are hoping to avoid the crowds on the National Mall will be heading to the historic city of Manassas in Northern Virginia.

Montgomery Co. Fireworks Scheduled For 9:15 P.M.

Authorities in Montgomery County are asking residents to leave the fireworks to the professionals on this Fourth of July.