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Thursday, June 30, 2011

4-Year-Old Shot By Another Child In Prince George's County

Police in Prince George's County, Md., say a 4-year-old boy is recovering from a gunshot wound to the back, and they say the shot came from 5-year-old boy.

WTU Pres. Calls Teacher Evaluations 'Racist' Ahead Of Ratings Release

Nathan Saunders, elected head of the Washington Teachers' Union in December, is vowing to do away with D.C. Public Schools' teacher evaluation system, called IMPACT, saying the system is racist and unfair.

Study Finds Racial Disparity In Care For D.C. Patients With Strokes

A study published Thursday takes a look at patients experiencing the most common type of stroke, an ischemic stroke. Researchers at Georgetown University found that black patients were one-third less likely than white patients to receive the best drug available to treat that kind of stroke.

GMU Linguistics Dep't. Archiving World's English Accents

Want to hear how someone speaks English with a Dinka accent, from Sudan? How about a Mortlockese accent from Micronesia? You can find out at George Mason University in Northern Virginia (and its website), which keeps the world's largest online database of English accents.

Poll Shows Virginia Senate Race In Dead Heat

A new poll in Virginia from Quinnipiac University Polling Institute shows registered voters are split over who should take the U.S. Senate seat.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Folklife on the National Mall, the Louvre at the National Gallery of Art and Reefer Madness at Theatre Project.

Alcohol Tax Hike In Maryland Goes Into Effect Tomorrow

The first increase in Maryland's alcohol tax in nearly 40 years goes into effect Friday.

Leslie Johnson Pleads Guilty To Felony Charge Of Destroying Evidence

Leslie Johnson, the Prince George's County Council member caught up in corruption scandal alongside her husband, former County Executive Jack Johnson, pleaded guilty to one felony county of destroying evidence at U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, Md. this morning.

Virginia Law Gets Tougher On Teen Drunk Drivers

In Virginia, teens convicted of driving after consuming virtually any amount of alcohol will face harsher penalties starting July 1.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Some Protesters Arrested With Mayor Gray Go To Trial In September

A number of protesters that were arrested with Mayor Vincent Gray and other city officials after Congress passed a budget deal detrimental to the District in April will take their case to trial in September, the Associated Press reports.

Locations Of Internet Gambling Hot Spots Concern D.C. Council Members

UPDATE: Members of the D.C. Council are expressing reservations about the city's plan to offer online gambling. Council members are concerned the public will have no input on where the "hot spots" for online gambling will be located.

Sweeping Changes Made To Montgomery Co. Disability Benefits

Montgomery County is changing its system for disability retirement benefits for county employees, although the change is expected to face challenges because it was implemented through council vote rather than a collective bargaining agreement.

Marines Dismiss Yonathan Melaku

The U.S. Marine Corps says it has dismissed 22-year-old Yonathan Melaku, the reservist charged in a series of pre-dawn shootings at the Pentagon and other military buildings in 2010.

MetroAccess TB Lawsuit Has Some Wondering: 'When Are Drivers Tested?'

A class action lawsuit filed June 28 that claims a MetroAccess bus driver may have exposed riders to Tuberculosis is raising questions about health screening provided by Metro and the driver's employer, MV Transportation.

Fairfax County Manager Outlines Plan To Keep Citizens Out Of Police Review

Members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in Virginia are considering a plan to have a county auditor investigate allegations of police misconduct. The county manager and police chief support a recommendation that would prevent citizen involvement in the oversight process.

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