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Thursday, June 9, 2011

TFA Teachers Brainstorm Ideas To Improve D.C. Schools

Among all the talk about what's wrong with D.C. Public Schools, the organization Teach for America asked some of the program's local alums for ideas to solve some of the challenges in city schools. They presented their ideas at the first D.C. Region Innovation Pilot Pitch Showcase in May.

Police Seeing Dogs Left In Cars Despite Warnings

In Maryland, despite repeated warnings and outreach, police are still seeing instances of people leaving their pets inside locked cars while they shop or run errands.

Heat Wave Continues In The D.C. Area

The D.C. Metro region will be on another heat advisory from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday. The air quality is rated orange, which means it could be harmful to children, older adults, and people with heart and respiratory conditions.

D.C. Scandals Take Their Toll On City Hall

D.C. Council Member Harry Thomas says he will step down from his powerful post as chairman of the Economic Development committee following this week's corruption allegations.

Other Businesses Adjust In Advance Of BRAC Moves

Local commuters and elected leaders in Northern Virginia are still waiting to find out whether the arrival of 6,400 federal workers at the Mark Center complex in Alexandria will be delayed by a year.

Parents of Injured Wootton High Student Demand Apology

The parents of Brian Jordan, a Montgomery County high school student that suffered a severe muscular condition after a pre-football training session, are demanding an apology from his school's principal.

Va. Board Looks At Juvenile Offender Classifications

Virginia's Department of Juvenile Justice is considering delaying a new system for reclassifying young offenders, but the state Board of Juvenile Justice, which oversees the department, says it wants to review the policy.

The Season For Solar

The dog days of summer can be hard for businesses, as vacationers trade the boardroom for the boardwalk. But some members of D.C.'s solar thermal industry say summer is when the industry really heats up.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Art every day, prehistoric puppetry, and a pretty old statue.

Virginia Redistricting: And Now, On To Congressional Districts

While the Justice Department continues reviewing the revised statewide General Assembly districts in Virginia, both chambers of the state legislature will return to Richmond Thursday to decide how to redraw the Congressional boundaries.

The MoCo Agricultural Reserve: Its Purpose And What It's Done

More than 30 years ago, Montgomery County did something rather unusual to protect what was left of its rural character: It set aside a huge piece of land for agriculture. Laws have protected the land since then, but some worry they are also hindering other needs, like housing.

School Buses Collision In Northeast D.C. Under Investigation

Police in the District are investigating a head-on collision of two school buses in Northeast Thursday afternoon.

Civil Rights Leaders: Heat Can Have Disproportionate Impacts

As the heat wave continues, some civil rights leaders say high temperatures pose a particular threat to poor, minority communities.

D.C. Judge Robbed In Metro Train

A senior judge on D.C.’s Superior Court was robbed this morning while riding Metro.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Rising Temperatures Heat Up Solar Industry

The owner of a D.C.-based solar heating company says business always picks up when people have sun on their minds.