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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Park Service Wants To Use Sharpshooters On Deer Population

The National Park Service is considering using sharpshooters, among other ideas, to control growing white-tailed deer populations on Civil War battlefields in Maryland and Virginia.

Carjackings Raise Concerns About Safety Of Metro Garages

A string of two carjackings at Metro stations in Maryland have some fearing for their safety when they park in Metro facilities.

Enviro Groups: Bay Cleanup Plan Not Unreasonable

Environmental groups led by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation are trying to join a legal battle over Chesapeake Bay restoration plans.

Heading To The Beach Friday? Leave Before 10 A.M.

The number of travelers to the Eastern Shore over Memorial Day weekend is expected to grow from last year's numbers, and transportation authorities have a suggestion to avoid the crunch.

BRAC Move Could Be Delayed After House Vote

The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote today on a bill that could affect plans to move more than 6,000 federal workers to the new Mark Center complex in Alexandria this fall.

Fairfax School Board To Vote On Teacher Pay Raises

Fairfax County's Public School Board will cast a final vote tonight on the budget for the coming year, and board members are expected to give teachers some good news.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

AAA Expects More Memorial Day Weekend Travel This Year

The number of travelers to Ocean City and the rest of Maryland's Eastern Shore over Memorial Day weekend is expected to grow this year, in spite of high gas prices.

D.C. Finance Chief Puts Damper On Brown's Budget

As the D.C. Council prepares to vote on the city's 2012 budget later this morning, D.C.'s top financial officer is warning leaders about spending money that isn't there.

World War II Book Paints Portrait Of Courage Under Fire

A new book called "War Shots," by former Richmond Times Dispatch reporter Chip Jones, traces the stories behind some of the most iconic World War II footage from the Pacific Theater. The footage was shot by former Marine Major Norm Hatch.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Venus in Fur, Jazz in the Garden, and Perfect Girls at home.

Environmental Groups Hope To Side With EPA In Bay Lawsuit

There's a legal battle brewing over the Environmental Protection Agency's plans to restore the Chesapeake Bay, and environmental groups are trying to join in.

Baltimore Journalist Still Missing In Libya

A senior Libyan official says he has no knowledge about the fate of Matthew VanDyke, a freelance journalist from Baltimore missing for more than nine weeks.

D.C. Council Votes Against Income Tax Hike

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's plan to raise the income tax on households earning $200,000 or more fell short Wednesday at the council, which passed the city's budget for the 2012 fiscal year.

Kathryn Horn Coneway: When The Artist Listens

Kathryn Horn Coneway is director of Art at the Center, an art studio for children and families she co-founded in Alexandria, Va. Witnessing a struggling student gain artistic independence, Coneway remembered to let the work to take over.

Climate Change May Be Contributing To D.C.'s Ragweed Problem

The D.C. region has got one of the highest concentrations of ragweed in the country, and climate change may be exacerbating the problem, according to a new report released Tuesday.

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