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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Huck Gutman: Poetry Crosses A Chasm Of Silence

Providing lessons on life, love and springtime, poets have been among Huck Gutman's most powerful teachers.

New Terrorism Alert Presented To Local Leaders

The government's new terrorism alert system was the main topic at a meeting of Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Wednesday afternoon.

Former Virginia Delegate Convicted Of Bribery, Extortion

Former Virginia delegate Phillip Hamilton is facing up to 30 years in prison after a federal jury convicted him Wednesday of bribery and extortion.

Meet The New Montgomery County Superintendent

In Maryland, Joshua Starr signed his contract Wednesday to become the new superintendent of schools in Montgomery County. Starr arrives from Connecticut where he holds the job as superintendent of schools in Stamford.

Transition To Civilian Economy: Bill Would Aid Servicemen And Women

Some young servicemen and women in the Washington metro area and across the country are finding it very hard to get jobs in the civilian economy -- 27 percent are unemployed nationwide.

Maryland Congressman Will See Bin Laden Photos

A Maryland Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger is among the members of Congress who will be allowed to see the photographs of Osama bin Laden's body.

Jury Rules In Bribery Case Against Former Va. State Delegate

UPDATE: Former Virginia delegate Phillip Hamilton was convicted Wednesday of bribery and extortion.

DC Voting Activists To Rally Again At Capitol

Advocates for D.C. voting rights are planning another rally later today at the U.S. Capitol, protesting a federal budget agreement that affects the District. Protestors will meet at 5:30 p.m. at Upper Senate Park.

Child In Serious Condition After Falling In Water Near Maine Ave.

A number of bystanders at the Maine Avenue seafood market rushed to help a 2-year-old child and her mother after the child fell into the water there Tuesday evening.

DCPS Says It Will Work To Find Jobs For 'Excessed' Teachers

D.C. Public Schools officials say they are committed to helping the approximately 750 teachers and staff members who've been "excessed" find other jobs within the school system.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

D.C. Runners Form 'The Dojo Of Pain'

There is hardly a shortage of running aficionados in the D.C. area. But there are runners -- and there are competitive runners.

D.C. Council Members Gear Up For Final 2012 Budget Battle

It's budget season in the District -- that time of year when two D.C. Council members can look at the exact same document and see two different things.

Montgomery Co. Employees, School Employees Will Both Take Benefits Cuts

Whatever the outcome of the union negotiations currently underway in Montgomery County, it's inevitable that there will be changes.

DCPS Argues 'Excessed' Teachers Have Not Been Laid Off

D.C. Public School leaders say approximately 750 teachers and staff will not have their present positions at the end of this academic year. Initially, the District had put that number at 660. But DCPS says teachers may be able to find other jobs in the school system.

Virginia: How Much Info On State Employees Should Be Public?

Virginia's Freedom of Information Advisory Council is weighing whether the law should allow the public access to the names, positions and compensation of state employees.