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Monday, May 30, 2011

Yvette Lewis Named Acting Md. Democratic Party Chair

Maryland Democrats have a new acting party chair: Yvette Lewis, a longtime political volunteer with an unusual background.

Police Seek Arsonist In Laurel Car Fires

Authorities in Maryland are looking for an arsonist set fire to two vehicles used by the Deputy City Administrator of Laurel.

Group Seeks National Recognition For WWI Memorial

On the National Mall, you'll find national memorials to three of the 20th century's major wars: World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. But you won't find a national memorial to World War I.

MoCo GOP Members Cast Straw Votes For 2012

Montgomery County's registered voters are overwhelmingly Democrat, but that didn't stop Republican activists from conducting a straw poll to see which GOP presidential contenders the county's voters would support in the 2012 election.

Authorities Warn Of Bay Bridge Traffic Returning From Shore

If last week's estimates of the number of vacationers from the D.C. area heading east this weekend hold true, then the ride back over the Bay Bridge could be a challenge.

Memorial Day Events In D.C.

The National Memorial Day Parade kicks off Monday afternoon in downtown Washington, and other events take place throughout the day.

Bay Bridge Fear Means Business Boom For Shuttles

The Maryland Transportation Authority estimates more than 360,000 are traveling on Maryland's Bay Bridge this weekend. But some of the people driving those vehicles will have some pretty white knuckles as they make the trip -- thanks to a disorder called gephyrophobia: the fear of bridges.

Consider This: Rethinking Whether Poker Is A Game Of Chance

While some consider poker to be based on luck, a new study breaks down the results from the 2010 World Series of Poker to show that highly skilled players had a clear advantage.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

A double dose of Hitchcock and Williams, plus scenes from life in the District.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Memorial Day Concert: 'What America Needs To See'

Thousands are expected on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol Sunday night for the annual Memorial Day Concert. WAMU's Armando Trull visited the dress rehearsal for a sneak preview.

Search For Missing Boater Continues In The Chesapeake

Authorities in Maryland are continuing to search the Chesapeake Bay for a missing boater.

Va. DMV Halts Overhaul Of Customer-Service Systems

Virginia's Department of Motor Vehicles has temporarily stopped work on an overhaul of its customer-service computer systems as it exits a deal with a contractor on the project.

Sarah Palin Joins Rolling Thunder Crowd

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin rode a motorcycle into the Pentagon parking Sunday to meet the Rolling Thunder parade participants, the Associated Press reports.

Efforts Underway To Repeal Md. Version Of DREAM Act

In Maryland, a local organization is pushing to repeal a recently enacted law, which grants in-state college tuition rates to undocumented students.

Metro Employee Honored For Preventing Suicides

Metro is honoring one of its station managers for having saved two lives in the past year.