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Friday, April 29, 2011

Activists Rally To 'Save The Frogs'

Pro-amphibian activists are calling on the Environmental Protection Agency for additional limits on pesticides and increased protections for the area's frogs.

Judge Dismisses Alleged Torture Victim's Lawsuit

In Virginia, a judge has ordered a teen to refile a lawsuit in which alleges he was tortured in Kuwait and couldn't get home because he is on the U.S. government's no-fly list.

Maryland Governor Pushes For Changes In The Gas Tax

Gov. Martin O'Malley is talking transportation Friday and challenging a panel to come up with new and better revenue plans that move away from taxing gas by the gallon.

D.C. Dons Its Hats For Royal Wedding

The doors opened early at pubs around the D.C. area this morning for people eager to get a glimpse of Britain's royal wedding.

Latest Maryland News

BALTIMORE (AP) A high-ranking Baltimore school official has resigned after questions were raised about his education, which includes degrees from institutions criticized as "diploma mills." Kevin Seawright stepped down from a $135,000-a-year post as the public school system's deputy chief operating officer.

Latest Virginia News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Rescuers say a person has been pulled out of rubble in Washington County. Emergency management officials say the person was taken to a local hospital. A powerful tornado hit the Glade Spring area yesterday, packing winds of up to 165 miles per hour. Governor McDonnell is expected to tour the area today.

Maryland News Roundup

From MarylandReporter.com CONSTELLATION-EXELON MERGER: Officials announced the $7.9 million merger between Baltimore-based Constellation Energy Group and Chicago-based Exelon Corp. with many incentives for ratepayers, including a $100 credit for each Baltimore Gas and Electric Household, reports Hanah Cho of the Sun. Scott Dance of the Baltimore Business Journal reported that Exelon proposed the merger. WBAL has video.

Translators Hope Royal Wedding Will Highlight Profession

With all eyes on the royal wedding, most people don't stop and think about the translators and interpreters it takes to bring the event to life around the world.

Virginia Redistricting: Senate Sends New Plan To Governor

Virginia lawmakers are ready to send redistricting plans back to Governor Bob McDonnell after he vetoed previous legislation.

Four More Women Accuse DCPS Teacher Of Sexual Misconduct

Four more women have come forward alleging that a D.C. Public Schools teacher molested them, says an attorney representing the women.

Boat Club Won't Budge, So Alexandria Scales Back Waterfront Plan

Planners in Alexandria are finally facing the fact that a proposed park at the end of King Street -- once considered the soul of a plan for the city's Potomac River waterfront -- is not going to happen.

Metro Fires Technicians Who Left Escalator Hatch Open, Injuring Rider

A Metro rider is recovering from serious injuries after she fell through an escalator hatch accidentally left open, and Metro’s top safety executives are now wondering how it happened.

In Attempt To Shut Down Coal Plant, Alex. Residents Test For Mercury

As part of an ongoing effort to close the GenOn coal plant in Alexandria, the Sierra Club is inviting residents to have their hair tested for toxins.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Art comes in myriad forms, including carnage, streams, dance, and homegrown music.

For Teens, A Healthier Life Is Not Always In Reach

Many teens live in perfect situations to pack on pounds: access to high calorie foods and limited opportunities for exercise. But for some D.C. teens who want to live healthier lifestyles, making the change requires overcoming greater challenges.