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Thursday, May 26, 2011

D.C. Council Restores Cuts, Nixes Income Tax Hike In Budget

Despite facing a more than $300 million deficit, the D.C. Council passed a spending plan Wednesday that avoids making drastic cuts to services or raising the income tax.

Commentary By Calvin Jackson: Teachers Need To Innovate And See Past Students' 'Issues'

Improving teacher performance has recently been a focus of debate in D.C. public schools, but rarely are the students themselves asked to weigh in. Commentator Calvin Jackson is about to graduate from a D.C. public school, and has a few suggestions for educators.

U.S. House Bill Could Lead To Mark Center Delay

Critics of the Defense Department's new Mark Center building are a step closer to getting a delay in the arrival of thousands of federal workers to the new complex in Alexandria.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Contain, Maintain, Sustain and a little misadventure and friendship dance.

After Wheelchair Incident, Metro Reviews Policies

After a video surfaced on the Internet of a confrontation between a man in a wheelchair and Metro police, the transit agency is discovering its officers have very little guidance on how to treat people with disabilities.

'Lost' Communities In Virginia Find New Life

There are thousands of once-thriving communities throughout Virginia, some now long gone with few visible signs of life. A team of professors with Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture and Urban Studies is bringing some of these once-bustling places back to life.

Redistricting Riles D.C. Residents, Council Members

The District's plan to redraw its ward boundaries is moving forward after a subcommittee meeting on the topic Thursday. As Council member Jack Evans noted at the beginning of the meeting, redistricting is the one issue that gets people the maddest.

Former Teacher Gets 25 Years For Child Porn In Va.

A former teacher has been sentenced to 25 years in prison on child pornography charges in Virginia, after admitting a decades-long pattern of molesting teenage boys in the United States and Japan.

Gardeners Cultivate Crime-Fighting Instincts

It has become a rite of spring. Every year, flowers at the Newark Street Community Garden begin to bloom. Then every year, gardener Marcia Stein says, a thief comes and takes the blossoms away.

Park Service Wants To Use Sharpshooters On Deer Population

The National Park Service is considering using sharpshooters, among other ideas, to control growing white-tailed deer populations on Civil War battlefields in Maryland and Virginia.

Carjackings Raise Concerns About Safety Of Metro Garages

A string of two carjackings at Metro stations in Maryland have some fearing for their safety when they park in Metro facilities.

Enviro Groups: Bay Cleanup Plan Not Unreasonable

Environmental groups led by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation are trying to join a legal battle over Chesapeake Bay restoration plans.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Clergy Says LGBT Bullying Is 'Matter Of Life And Death'

A day after hundreds of religious leaders urged Congress to pass laws protecting gays from discrimination, one local pastor explains it's a matter of life and death.

Fairfax Co. Teens Learn Lesson On Distracted Driving

May is National Youth Traffic Safety month, and on Tuesday, Fairfax County Police marked the occasion by taking teens for rides on the county's Emergency Vehicle Operations Course, to let them experience just how dangerous distracted driving can be.

One Man Marches Through Civil War History

Historical sites in Northern Virginia and Maryland are expecting lots of visitors and Civil War simulations this summer, which marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. But one historical reenactment is happening right now, and it involves one man and a long journey.

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