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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Dozens Hospitalized In NW Carbon Monoxide Leak

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Dozens of people were hospitalized, with at least three in serious condition, after a carbon monoxide leak struck a rehabilitation center in Columbia Heights Tuesday.

Sexual Assault Victim's Grandmother Blames Landlord

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The grandmother of the 10-year-old Oxon Hills, Maryland girl who was sexually assaulted Monday is blaming  the apartment complex for not fixing the locks on her windows.

MoCo Aims To Curb Fire Commission

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Montgomery County council members are at odds with firefighters over the powers being exercised by the Fire and Emergency Services Commission and their veto power over policy.

Wrongly Convicted Va. Man Asks For Full Exoneration

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A Virginia man imprisoned for nearly 30 years is seeking a full exoneration after DNA testing cleared him of one of the three charges for which he has served time.

Md. Looking To Ban Crib Bumper Pads

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Parents trying to make their homes safer for young children might be surprised to find that crib bumper pads may actually cause more harm than good.

Parvo Outbreak Shuts Down Dog Shelter

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An outbreak of Parvo amongst stray dogs in Washington County, Maryland has caused shelters to restrict the intake of new dogs.

Poverty Rates Linked To Fractured Families

Federal data shows that children in fractured families have a significantly higher chance of living in poverty, increasing the burden on public services.

Barry's Son Sentenced To Nine Months

Christopher Marion Barry, son of former mayor Marion Barry, received a nine month suspended sentence after being arrested for possession of marijuana and PCP in July.

Graduates Rack Up More Student Loan Debt

With a college education getting more expensive and the economy stalling, many students now find themselves trapped in debt, unable to find the job they thought would pay off their loans.

Metro To Accomodate MLK Dedication

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To ease congestion during the rescheduled MLK Memorial dedication in October, Metro has moved back planned track work and plans to add extra trains.

Weather Channel Founder Almost Gave Up On Network

One Virginia biographer has written a book about a little known fact: the idea for the Weather Channel actually started in Virginia.

Police Seek Suspect In Sexual Assault Of 10-Year-Old Girl

Prince George's County police are looking for a man they say broke into a home in Oxon Hill, Md. yesterday and sexually assaulted a young girl. 

Two More Mushroom Poisoning Cases Reported

Two more people in the D.C. region have been stricked with mushroom poisoning after eating mushrooms they found in the wild.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Sept. 28

Romero Britto Cubism

Les Mis, colorful cubism, and complex portraits made with mishmash materials.

MoCo Pushes Foreclosure Counseling

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Montgomery County officials are urging residents to avoid refinancing scams and consult counselors if they are thinking about foreclosing on their home.