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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Frederick County Teen Accused Of Taking Loaded Gun To School

In Maryland, the 15-year-old boy who was arrested for bringing a loaded handgun into a Frederick County high school made his first court appearance Wednesday afternoon.

Montgomery County Could Start Charging For Saturday Parking In Bethesda

Bethesda is one of the most popular spots in Maryland for shoppers and restaurant-goers on weekends. But those who head there may be paying more to do so if county executive Isiah Leggett's budget proposal is passed.

Fairfax Superintendent Recommends Changes To Discipline Policy

In Virginia, the superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools has unveiled his proposal for revamping the district's student discipline process.

Virginia Governor Proposes Amendments To Autism Bill

Autism advocates in Virginia have seen legislation mandating insurance coverage for autism-related treatments get all the way to the governor's desk this year. And now Gov. Bob McDonnell is proposing some changes.

House Votes To Revive D.C. School Voucher Program

UPDATE: The U.S. House has voted to revive the District's controversial school voucher program.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Pints and presence, locked up for laughter and bare necessities.

Maryland News Roundup

Senate passes $14.6 billion budget with fee increases; IWIF premium exemption extension killed; Miller says transgender discrimination bill won't see light of day; families of victims testify for stiffer penalties against negligent drivers who kill; anti-poaching bills swim through legislature; farm protection bill faces setbacks: sponsor "sickened" by politicking; Bring Your Own Wine bill dead; and Leslie Johnson gets May court date.

Latest Maryland News

The state Senate has approved raising the Maryland alcohol tax by three percentage points over three years to nine percent.

The Bottom Line: Who Are 'Google's Worker Bees'?

Google sends your emails, gives you driving directions and answers just about every question you might have. But earlier this month a court decision regarding its books project showed that Google is not perfect. A Virginia professor with a new book about the company says we should always keep that in mind.

Latest D.C. News

Major traffic tie-ups can be expected next month as New York Avenue drops from six lanes to four.

Latest Virginia News

Kentucky Utilities' residential customers in Virginia will see higher electricity bills starting Friday.

Jenna Fournel: A 'Brave Experiment' Creates An Artistic Breakthrough

Commentator Jenna Fournel, from the D.C.-based Center for Inspired Teaching, reflects on how a teacher in a high school summer program turned her into an artist.

Politics And Prose Finds New Owners

Politics and Prose, the bookstore and D.C. institution for 27 years, is changing hands. The store announced this week that two former Washington Post journalists -- Bradley Graham and his wife Lissa Muscatine -- are the soon-to-be owners.

Health Rankings Released For D.C., Maryland And Virginia

When comparing D.C. to the rest of the country in terms of overall health, a new study says residents of the nation's capital are more likely to die earlier and less likely to graduate from high school.

High School Student Brings Loaded Gun To Maryland School

A 15-year-old Tuscarora High School student is behind bars and faces criminal charges for bringing a fully loaded .22 caliber revolver to school. He made his first court appearance Wednesday.