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Thursday, June 9, 2011

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Art every day, prehistoric puppetry, and a pretty old statue.

Virginia Redistricting: And Now, On To Congressional Districts

While the Justice Department continues reviewing the revised statewide General Assembly districts in Virginia, both chambers of the state legislature will return to Richmond Thursday to decide how to redraw the Congressional boundaries.

The MoCo Agricultural Reserve: Its Purpose And What It's Done

More than 30 years ago, Montgomery County did something rather unusual to protect what was left of its rural character: It set aside a huge piece of land for agriculture. Laws have protected the land since then, but some worry they are also hindering other needs, like housing.

School Buses Collision In Northeast D.C. Under Investigation

Police in the District are investigating a head-on collision of two school buses in Northeast Thursday afternoon.

Civil Rights Leaders: Heat Can Have Disproportionate Impacts

As the heat wave continues, some civil rights leaders say high temperatures pose a particular threat to poor, minority communities.

D.C. Judge Robbed In Metro Train

A senior judge on D.C.’s Superior Court was robbed this morning while riding Metro.

The Gary Lee Maker Audience Award Honors Washington-Area Theater-Goer

Each April, the Helen Hayes Awards recognize excellence in professional theatre throughout the Washington area. But next Saturday, the Washington theater community is presenting an entirely different kind of award – not to an outstanding professional on the stage – but to an outstanding person… in the audience.

Woman Charged With Animal Cruelty

Police in Frederick, Md. have charged a woman from South Carolina with animal cruelty for allegedly leaving her dog in a hot car while she visited a tanning salon.

TFA Teachers Brainstorm Ideas To Improve D.C. Schools

Among all the talk about what's wrong with D.C. Public Schools, the organization Teach for America asked some of the program's local alums for ideas to solve some of the challenges in city schools. They presented their ideas at the first D.C. Region Innovation Pilot Pitch Showcase in May.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Public Hearings Begin On Maryland Toll Increases

The Maryland Transportation Authority holds its first public hearing this week on whether to raise tolls around the state. Tolls on the Bay Bridge could increase for the first time in decades.

Heat Is On In D.C. Through Thursday Evening

The D.C. area is bracing for another mini-heat wave this week, with temperatures expected to top out in the mid-90s today and tomorrow. A heat advisory goes into effect at noon today, and is expected to last through 8 p.m. Thursday.

Ted Loza Sentencing In Taxi Bribery Case Begins

The sentencing hearing for a former D.C. Council aide involved in a taxicab bribery case enters a second day today.

After Son's Ordeal, Parents Warn Others Of Overexertion

A freshman at Wootton High School in Rockville came home after a particularly tough training session in May complaining of pain in his muscles. At the time, he and his parents never imagined it would lead to countless hours in the hospital.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

The third dimension, Anton Chekhov, and a case of Dengue Fever.

More Free Lunches: Virginia Fights Child Hunger

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and actor Jeff Bridges launched a summer nutrition program June 7 that could keep hunger at bay for more than 200,000 teens and children across the Commonwealth.