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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

It's summer and the District has the art, music and existentialism to prove it.

Kwame Brown's Brother Filed For Bankruptcy Before Release Of April Audit

Court records show that Che Brown, the brother of D.C. Council Chair Kwame Brown and a key figure in the scandal surrounding Kwame Brown's 2008 election campaign, filed for bankruptcy in March.

Aerial Boardwalk Tram Proposal Pulled In Ocean City

Proponents of a proposal to construct a monorail-like tram 85 feet above the Ocean City Boardwalk have withdrawn the idea after developers met with city officials.

Monday, June 20, 2011

New Study Urges Parents To Supervise Kids In Portable Pools

In warmer summer weather, more people use portable backyard pools for relief from the heat and as a fun play space for their children. But new figures on drownings in these pools have some experts saying there's cause for concern.

Rep. Van Hollen Continues To Haggle Over Debt Ceiling

Maryland Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen is a part of a bipartisan group of lawmakers meeting again this week to try to mend a disagreement on raising the nation's debt ceiling.

Maryland Launches Study On Internet Sales Tax

Maryland officials have commissioned a study to find out just how much tax revenue the state is losing to Internet sales and how to recapture the money.

U.S. Open: Crowd Can't Get Enough Of McIlroy At Final

The final day at the U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda felt like a coronation as the winner, Rory McIlroy, left thousands of fans and his fellow golfers in awe.

Bomb Threat Temporarily Shuts Down Reagan National Airport

Federal authorities in the District and Ohio are investigating a bomb threat made from an airport ticket counter Sunday that closed Reagan National Airport for a portion of the afternoon.

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's Popularity Plunges

In the District, the ongoing scandals surrounding Mayor Vincent Gray and other city lawmakers are taking their toll. New numbers suggest the mayor's popularity has declined since his victory over Adrian Fenty.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Making out history, man's fantastical visions, and a most racy opportunity.

Consider This By Fred Fiske: Brookings Institute Report On Immigration

I guess I shouldn't have been surprised by the report on immigration, which was issued by the Brookings Institute this month.

Cases Of Lyme Disease In Virginia And Maryland Increases

In recent years the number of cases of Lyme disease in Virginia and Maryland has grown as the ticks, which carry the disease multiply.

Columbia Pike Braces For Revitalization

Changes are in store for Arlington, Va. where county leaders have been planning to revitalize Columbia Pike for decades -- including new streetcar transit and mixed-use development. But opinions are divided about what that might mean for local residents and businesses.

Fairfax Struggles to Restore Full Slate of Summer School Programs

Many public school systems in Virginia are wrapping up their school year this week, but the pursuit of knowledge will continue for many in summer school.

Leave Policy For Pregnant Firefighters Questioned By D.C. Council Member

D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson is expressing concern over the treatment of pregnant firefighters.

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