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Monday, April 25, 2011

Funeral Services Underway For Former Maryland Governor

Former Gov. William Donald Schaefer was a giant in Maryland politics, but it was his touch with common people that was remembered most by those who walked past his casket in the state house in Annapolis Monday morning, many of whom were current or former state workers.

Fire Truck Donation By Fenty Admin. Violated Procedure, Report Finds

An investigative report concludes that there were a number of violations when members of former D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty's administration donated a city fire truck to the city of Sosua, Dominican Republic, in 2009.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Vegan Bake Sale Fights Misconceptions

There are many vegan bake sales in the region next week. In fact, they’re taking place all over the world thanks to the idea of one local man.

Charges Made In Violent McDonald's Beating

In a statement release this weekend, franchise owner Mitchell McPherson says he was shocked and disturbed by the beating inside his McDonald’s restaurant located in Rosedale, Md.

Judge To Rule Montgomery County Labor Dispute

Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Robert Greenberg says he plans to issue a ruling Monday in a dispute between the county and a public employee's union.

Jewish, Muslim Passover Celebration Unites Religions

Passover is an ancient Jewish holiday, but an interfaith event in Northern Virginia is putting a modern spin on the traditional Seder.

Clinical Dietitian Offers Weight Loss Tips For Children

Kelly Sinclair, a clinical dietitian at Children's National Medical Center, spoke with WAMU's Kavitha Cardoza for her five-part series, "The Heavy Burden of Childhood Obesity." Here are a few of the weight-loss tips she has for children:

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Interfaith Passover Celebration In VA To Be Held In Mosque

A unique Passover celebration in Northern Virginia brings different religious groups together to celebrate freedom, honor tradition and most importantly, promote unity.

Charlie Sheen Police Escort Under Investigation

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says the Metropolitan Police Department's Internal Affairs Division is still investigating claims that actor Charlie Sheen received a full police escort from Dulles International Airport into downtown D.C. for a show earlier this week.

Delays On Metro's Red And Blue Lines This Weekend

If you're planning on riding Metro's Red or Blue Lines this weekend, you may want to factor in additional time to compensate for expected delays due to maintenance and track work.

"The Inspector" Is Coming to Wold Trap

Next week at Wolf Trap, the National Capital Region will be home to the world premiere of a comical opera called "The Inspector."

At The National Zoo, A Joint Recycling Effort

Earth Day is over, but the National Zoo is encouraging people -- and animals -- to keep recycling.

Montgomery County Police Crack Down On Littering

The Montgomery County Police Department says it'll be participating in an anti-littering campaign run by the Alice Ferguson Foundation and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.

Friday, April 22, 2011

George Mason Basketball Coach Heads To Miami

George Mason men's basketball coach Jim Larranaga is leaving the Fairfax, Va., school. He's accepted an offer from the University of Miami to become the new head coach.

Latest Maryland News

BALTIMORE (AP) The discovery of a missing North Carolina teen's body in a Maryland river brings the investigation of her disappearance into a new phase. The body of Phylicia Barnes, who disappeared while visiting her older half-siblings in Baltimore on Dec. 28, was one of two bodies found Wednesday near the Conowingo Dam on the Susquehanna River. Barnes' 17th birthday was Jan. 12.