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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

D.C. Considers Online Gambling

The District of Columbia is becoming the first U.S. jurisdiction to allow Internet gambling, moving ahead of traditional gaming meccas like New Jersey and Nevada.

Sydney Harman, Newsweek Chairman And Harman/Kardon Founder, Dies

A man who's name was synonymous with high-end audio equipment has died. Syndey Harman died in Washington last night at the age of 92.

Emily Gasoi: A Quiet Victory For The Pack

Emily Gasoi is a local educator and graduate student. Gasoi says that while she's had many notable learning experiences throughout her life, her memories of nursery school remain among her most formative.

Maryland News Roundup

From MarylandReporter.com: More than 150 bills were signed into law yesterday including one to allow police to use wiretaps to investigate human trafficking and one to implement federal health care reform.

Ethics Reform Law Signed For Prince George's County

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has signed two ethics reform bills for Prince George's County.

Latest Maryland News

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Despite $23.5 million by lawmakers to fight Chesapeake Bay pollution, environmental advocates say there were disappointments. That included a failed bill to restrict natural gas drilling in western Maryland for a two-year study.

Latest D.C. News

WASHINGTON (AP) The Smithsonian says the space shuttle Discovery will complete its collection of U.S. spacecraft. The shuttle eventually will be displayed at the National Air and Space Museum annex in Virginia.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Mayor Gray, Protesters Released After Arrests on Capitol Hill

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and 40 others have been released after they were arrested Monday on Capitol Hill after they sat down in the middle of Constitution Avenue to protest the budget riders or policy announcements included in the federal budget deal that lawmakers struck to avert a government shutdown.

Proposed Adoption Rule Change Riles Social Conservatives

In Virginia, faith-based adoption agencies are pressuring Republican Governor Bob McDonnell to reject a revision to state adoption rules that could pave the way for same sex adoptions.

But it's not entirely clear what the revision would even accomplish.

Activists Look To Increase Play In D.C. Schools

It’s testing time for D.C. schools. But amid the assessments, some activists say it’s important for educators to carve out time for play.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Playwrights both amateur and professional, plus Kronos Quartet.

Budget Deal Allows D.C. To Offer Internet Gambling

The District of Columbia is becoming the first U.S. jurisdiction to allow Internet gambling. The city is moving ahead of traditional gaming meccas.

Civil Rights Groups: Banks Discriminate Against Pr. George's Residents

Prince George's County, Md., has seen more foreclosures than any other parts of the D.C. region, and some civil rights groups are accusing banks of discriminating against county residents, who are predominately African-American.

Fresh From Jail, Gray Blasts D.C. Riders

Less than 24 hours after his release from a U.S. Capitol Police station, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray continues to fire back at congressional Republicans, Democrats, and the White House over the budget deal that imposes new restrictions on D.C.

Commentary By Michael Jacobson: Solving Communities' Food Problems

Here in the D.C. area, people can sample many different types of food; we have restaurants representing nearly every region of the globe, farmers markets, food trucks and community gardens. But some areas of the District are considered food deserts with limited access to healthy, nutritious food. Commentator Michael Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), says it's time to change that.