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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

D.C. Water To Cut Pollution From Wastewater Plant By Half

D.C. Water says that by 2014 it will have completed an upgrade that will cut its pollution in half and generate electricity to power the its water treatment plant.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Pets Find Shelter In D.C. After Alabama Tornado

Thirty-seven dogs and four cats rescued in the aftermath of the tornadoes that struck Alabama are now calling the District home. The pets are now being cared for at the Washington Animal Rescue League, after a 17-hour, life-saving trip in an animal ambulance.

Two Women, One A Minor, Charged In Baltimore Transgender Beating

A Baltimore County grand jury has indicted two teenagers on hate crime charges in the April beating of a transgender woman at a McDonald's restaurant in Rosedale, Md.

Realtors Get Creative In Heated Market

The Washington metro area's housing market hasn't been hit as hard as other parts of the country, but because there are thousands of realtors, competition to list properties is fierce.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Survival theater, gray area art, Placido's swan song, and afternoon hymns.

The Mysterious Disappearing Orchid

Orchids are often known only by the showy tropical varieties available in grocery stores and greenhouses. But there are hundreds of orchid species that live in this region. There is a race to save the small whorled pogonia, one of the last populations in Virginia.

GM Breaks Ground On Electric Motor Facility In Maryland

Proponents of green manufacturing at the state and national level gathered in White Marsh, Md., Tuesday to break ground on a new facility at General Motors' Baltimore Operation.

Jack Johnson Apologizes To PG County After Pleading Guilty

Former Prince Georges County Executive Jack Johnson, accused of corruption by the federal government in 2010, has reached an agreement with prosecutors.

D.C. Wastewater Treatment Plant To Make Electricity From Waste

The District's Wastewater Treatment Plant, one of the largest in the world, is getting new technology to generate electricity from waste and cut the plant's nitrogen pollution in half.

Commentary By Sally White: Honoring The Art Of Caregiving

May is Older Americans Month, but commentator Sally White, executive director of Iona Senior Services, says we should take the opportunity to pay tribute to those caring for older Americans as well.

Advocacy Groups Seek To Delay New Gay Adoption Rules In Va.

Advocacy groups are asking the Virginia Board of Social Services to delay new rules they say would discriminate against gay people who want to adopt.

Md. Governor: Transgendered People Need More Protection

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says he will work for greater protection for transgendered people in the next legislative session. O'Malley's pledge comes in the aftermath of an attack on a transgender woman in Maryland in April.

Former P. G. County Exec. Jack Johnson Pleads Guilty

In Maryland, former Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson has pleaded guilty to two federal charges he faces in connection with a pay-to-play corruption scandal involving developers.

Metro Proposes Increasing Train Wait Times

As Metro works to close a $66 million budget gap, riders could face longer Metrorail delays on weekends and the elimination of some bus routes.

After Fatal MoCo Crash, Police And Parents Beg Teens To Be Careful

Following this past weekend's triple fatal car accident in Montgomery County, authorities are urging teen drivers, their friends, and parents to consider the consequences of poor judgement behind the wheel.

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