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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

DCPS Holds Job Fair For Excessed Teachers, Staff

Days after hundreds of D.C. Public Schools teachers and staff received notice they were losing their positions, approximately 300 came to a what DCPS is calling a "transfer fair" looking for other jobs.

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.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

D.C. Chef José Andrés Wins Named James Beard 'Outstanding Chef'

José Andrés, the D.C. chef largely credited with bringing small plates to the U.S., has been named Outstanding Chef of the Year by the James Beard Foundation.

DC Budget Would Tax the Arts

Arts groups in the District are fighting back against a proposed six percent tax on theater and museum tickets.

Four Survive House Fire In P.G. County

Firefighters in Prince George's County battled a severe fire in Capitol Heights, Md., this morning. Four occupants of the house escaped without harm, although a dog died in the fire.

Redskins' Albert Haynesworth Pleads Not-Guilty To Sexual Assault

Washington Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth didn't show up to court today -- he waived his right to appear -- but he's pleading not-guilty to a charge of misdemeanor sex abuse stemming from an incident in February, TBD reports.

Rhee's Appearance At Vouchers Conference Brings Up Old Grievances

Former D.C. Schools Chancellor Michele Rhee is scheduled to speak today at a school vouchers conference in D.C., and her presence at the event is sparking protest.

More Than 600 D.C. School Employee Jobs Eliminated

The jobs of more than 600 D.C. school teachers and employees will be eliminated next month because of budget cuts and enrollment shifts.

Virginia's Challenge To Obama Health Care Goes To Appeals Court

A federal appeals court in Virginia hears arguments Tuesday in the first legal challenge to President Obama's health care overhaul.

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.

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.

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.

Undocumented Immigrants Get In-State Tuition In Md.

In Maryland, Gov. Martin O'Malley signed several bills into law Tuesday, including a controversial one that grants in-state tuition at Maryland colleges to undocumented students.