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Latest Freedom Plaza Items
A group of conservative activists is borrowing from the protest playbook of the Occupy movement, encouraging demonstrators to camp out within sight of the White House in Lafayette Square next week as part of an ongoing movement demanding the resignation of President Obama and other high-level federal government officials.
A D.C. judge on Monday ordered a conservative Internet talk show host held without bond after he was seen in a video loading a shotgun in the District's Freedom Plaza, a demonstration the defense called an example of political speech but one that the judge said made the host "a very dangerous man."
An activist who planned, and then canceled, an armed march into the District on July Fourth posted online what appeared to be a video of himself loading a shotgun in Freedom Plaza.
A heightened police presence was evident Tuesday at the District's annual Emancipation Day parade, where local officials considered the long-term implications for security within the District after the Boston Marathon bombings.
A handful of protest activity was reported around Monday's inaugural celebrations, with the most serious incident occurring hours before the ceremony when demonstrators marching through the Chinatown neighborhood in Northwest Washington smashed windows at a bank and a Hooters restaurant.
After being criticized for being too country music-heavy at their 2008 convention, the GOP put together a more diverse lineup this year, with a few leading pop artists and rock bands joining the southern performers.
Six months after a magnitude 5.8 earthquake stunned the nation's capital, the Washington Monument is still closed and awaiting $15 million in repairs, the D.C. government is looking for a federal reimbursement for its hodgepodge of damage and the Washington National Cathedral needs $18 million for major restoration efforts that could take up to five years.
Murder trial begins for Virginia lacrosse player; Georgetown civic group wants to install surveillance cameras; McDonnell, O'Malley tangle on TV; Police raid OccupyD.C. camp; Many Virginians without nest egg; Maryland 'robocalls' trials continue; Sulaimon Brown goes to traffic court.
Police in riot gear and cleanup crews in hazardous materials suits began enforcing no-camping laws in McPherson Square and Freedom Plaza over the weekend, resulting in intense — and often physical — confrontations with Occupy D.C. protesters who resisted their efforts.