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Monday, March 28, 2011

Montgomery County Begins Street Cleaning

It's spring cleaning time in Montgomery County Maryland. Monday, road crews will start sweeping the streets, removing debris left behind from the winter snow season.

Local Bus Driver Works After Computer Confiscated For Child Pornography

A Montgomery County school bus driver continued to shuttle students to and from school even after his computer was seized in a child pornography sting.

Burglaries And Thefts Surge Across D.C.

D.C. Police say burglaries and thefts are surging across the District, with many thieves snatching smartphones and breaking car windows to steal valuables.

Power Breakfast: A Conversation With Economist Alice Rivlin

From Capitol News Connection: Congress returns this week. Time to pick up where it left off on the budget. What does a former Federal Reserve vice chair, and founding director of the Office of Management and Budget, look for at this point in the process?

Mayor Gray To Deliver State Of District Address Monday

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray will deliver his first State of the District Address Monday night at a high school auditorium in Northeast Washington.

D.C. Council Holds Hearing On Gray Hiring Practices

The D.C. Council is holding a hearing Monday morning on the hiring practices of Mayor Vincent Gray's administration.

Skunk Cabbage: A Foul-Smelling Blossom With A Hot Secret

It's cherry blossom season and the showy flowers will soon be at their peak, drawing around a million visitors. But there's another, less famous flower in our region that may be worth a visit. It's a remarkable blossom that quite literally burns its way out of the ice as early as January.

Consider This With Fred Fiske: Who's Dog Is Smarter?

This week, Fiske considers dog intelligence, including how it's been studied and what both scientists and dogs have learned.

Fairfax Executive Rejects Citizen Review Board For Police

For more than a year in Virginia, a coalition of civil rights activists and neighborhood groups have been asking for a citizen review board that could conduct investigations of police misconduct. Now members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors are about to hear a recommendation against creating an oversight board.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Street art in a gallery, revolution at Ford’s, and a DRC documentary.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Health Care Exchange Bill Advances In Maryland

Unlike legislatures in other states, the Maryland General Assembly is moving quickly to set up the health care exchange that's required under the nations new health care law.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Newly-Formed Coalition Of Asian-American Groups Raises Money For Japan

In Virginia, Asian-American groups from around the area have joined forces to help victims of the disaster in Japan.

Michelle Obama Named Commencement Speaker At Virginia High School

A small high school on the Marine Corps base at Quantico, Va., is landing a big name commencement speaker: The school is expecting a visit from first lady Michelle Obama.

Ocean City Chosen To Host National Extreme Sports Tour

In Maryland, Ocean City has been chosen to host the first leg of the 2011 DEW Tour, a nationally televised extreme sports event.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Doctors Oppose Maryland Bill To Track Prescriptions

A prescription drug bill winding through the Maryland General Assembly is receiving push back from upset doctors.

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