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Apr 6, 2011

Former D.C. lawyer charged in $32M insider-trading scheme

NEWARK, N.J. — A former Washington, D.C., lawyer and a stock trader were arrested Wednesday and charged with running an insider trading scheme straight out of the movie “Wall Street” that brought in so much money the suspects spoke at one point about burning $175,000 in cash to avoid detection. Matthew Kluger of Oakton, Va., […]

Apr 6, 2011

Md. among 24 states vying for high-speed train money

WASHINGTON — Maryland, 23 other states, the District of Columbia and Amtrak are vying for $2.4 billion in federal aid that became available when Florida’s governor canceled a high-speed rail project in his state, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Wednesday. The deadline for applications for the money was Monday. The Transportation Department is reviewing 90 […]

Apr 1, 2011

Well, that’s one way to pay for law school

Brackets, shmackets — Give me a good half-court shot with five figures on the line any day. From Georgetown Law comes this video of student Aladdin Jaloudi sinking it during Home Court 24, the annual fundraiser that pits Georgetown law professors against members of Congress. Final score: Hoya Lawyas 49, Hill’s Angels 61, Washington Legal […]

Mar 30, 2011

Smithsonian museum to create new education center

WASHINGTON — The Smithsonian American Art Museum has received an $8 million gift to create an education center and says it will expand its reach to more U.S. classrooms. The museum said Wednesday that it will create the 2,300-square-foot facility to host tour discussions, video conferences, workshops for teachers and graduate seminars. It is scheduled […]

Mar 28, 2011

Cherry blossom events begin with solemn DC tribute

WASHINGTON — The flowering trees that symbolize friendship between the United States and Japan are blooming for the 99th time in Washington in the wake of one of the world’s worst natural disasters. Before the two-week National Cherry Blossom Festival opened Saturday, organizers held a fundraising walk and vigil Thursday evening among the trees for […]

Mar 18, 2011

Md. driver in crash that injured U.S. soccer star Charlie Davies gets 2 years

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A drunken driver responsible for a 2009 crash that killed her best friend and seriously injured soccer star Charlie Davies has been sentenced to two years in prison. Maria Alejandra Espinoza of Clarksville, Md., was sentenced Friday at a hearing federal court in Alexandria, Va. She tearfully apologized for her actions during […]

Mar 16, 2011

Army medical museum to close in DC, reopen in Md.

WASHINGTON — A museum that holds the world’s largest collections of brains and microscopes is preparing to close its doors at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington and move to Silver Spring. The National Museum of Health and Medicine will close its current location April 3. The museum will become part of Fort […]

Mar 6, 2011

Kennedy Center opens 3-week India arts festival

WASHINGTON — The Kennedy Center in Washington has been converted into a palace to showcase India’s arts, precious gems and diverse culture over the next three weeks. The $7 million “Maximum India” festival opened Tuesday night and runs through March 20. With nearly 100 performances, films and events, organizers say it is one of the […]

Mar 2, 2011

Md. Democrats at forefront of federal workers rally

WASHINGTON — Led by Democrats from Maryland’s congressional delegation, hundreds of riled federal workers from across the nation rallied Wednesday on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol in support of public employees’ unions. “You need to work it out; we don’t want a lockout,” chanted the crowd of National Treasury Employees Union members. The union […]

Feb 14, 2011

Obama budget calls for $100M Smithsonian increase

WASHINGTON — The Smithsonian Institution would see a $100 million increase in President Barack Obama’s budget plan to build a new museum on the National Mall, while making small cuts elsewhere at the museum complex. The 2012 fiscal year request Monday totals $861.5 million. The increase would fund construction of a black history museum. Congress […]

Feb 8, 2011

More wealthy DC residents registering guns

WASHINGTON— Since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the District of Columbia’s handgun ban more than 2 1/2 years ago, hundreds of residents in Washington’s safest and wealthiest areas have registered handguns — more than those in poor areas with higher crime — according to police statistics. Records show more than 1,400 firearms have been […]

Feb 1, 2011

DC airports expecting cancellations in storm

WASHINGTON — Passengers flying from Washington area airports are being advised to check with their airlines for cancellations as a massive winter storm is disrupting travel across the nation. Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority spokeswoman Courtney Mickalonis says passengers should expect cancellations and delays and urged travelers to check with their airlines. Flight tracking service Fl[...]

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