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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Tornadoes Confirmed In Western Maryland

The National Weather Service is confirming that two tornadoes touched down in western Maryland this week during strong storms.

Md Attack Dog Tested for Rabies

Police say four children were taken to a hospital after a male American bulldog followed them onto a school bus and attacked.

Suspected Driver in Montgomery County Car Crash Awaits Prosecution

Kevin Coffay, 20, the suspected driver in the car crash, which killed three friends in Montgomery County, remains under a 24-hour curfew.

Catholic Priest Abuse Study Angers D.C. Area Abuse Victims

Victims of Catholic clergy sex abuse in the Washington metro area are blasting a recent study of clergy sexual abuse in America that concludes, in part, that the permissiveness of the 1960's and '70's contributed to the crisis.

Va. Nonprofits Still Waiting On Impacts Of Cuccinelli Funding Opinion

Nonprofits in Virginia are waiting anxiously to see if their organizations will appear on a list of those banned from receiving donations from the state, after Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli issued an opinion earlier this year opposing the practice.

D.C. Council Chair: 'I'll Do Everything I Can' To Restore Homeless Shelter Cuts

Advocates in D.C. say Mayor Vincent Gray's proposed $20 million cut in funding for homeless services would effectively shut down the city's shelters unless it's freezing outside, but an aggressive campaign to reverse thismove may be paying off.

Commentary By Rabbi Jessica Oleon: I'm Ready To Invest In A Great City

As the D.C. Council prepares to vote on the city's budget, Northwest resident Rabbi Jessica Oleon urges the council to balance the budget with an unusual message: "Raise my taxes." Oleon is associate rabbi of Temple Sinai in Northwest D.C. and a board member of Jews United for Justice.

Md. Governor To Sign Waste-To-Energy Bill

Maryland governor Martin O'Malley says he plans to sign a bill increasing incentives for incinerators that transform trash into energy.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Wanderer art, women in jazz and Dramathon.

Principals Wait For Results Of First-Ever Evaluations

Teacher evaluations have been the focus of attention during the past few years in D.C. Public Schools, but now, it's principal evaluations that are getting an overhaul. The results of the first round of those evaluations are due in the coming weeks.

The Preakness Showcases Maryland's Roots

On Saturday, around 100,000 people will pack the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore for the Preakness Stakes, the second race in horse racing's Triple Crown. The Preakness showcases all things Maryland, including the state's horse racing industry. But it's been a long time since a Maryland horse won the race.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Locals Respond To Clergy Sex Abuse Study

A study of clergy sex abuse in America, sponsored by the U.S. Catholic Church, concludes that a combination of social factors, deficiencies in seminary education and inconsistent responses by church leaders contributed to the crisis.

D.C. School Officials Tighten Test Security After Investigation

In the District, test scores at three public school classrooms are being thrown out after an investigation found strong suspicion of what officials are calling test security violations.

First Of Three Funerals Held After Montgomery County Car Crash

Authorities say 20-year-old Kevin Coffay, the suspected driver in the car crash which killed three friends in Montgomery County, was released on bond late Tuesday. Meanwhile, Wednesday the first of three funerals for the victims of the tragedy was held.

New D.C. Transportation Chief Selected By Mayor Gray

A new director will be leading D.C.'s Department of Transportation moving forward. Mayor Vincent Gray chose to promote from within by nominating Terry Bellamy, who's currently serving as an interim director.

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