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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Teachers' Union President: 'Excessing Is A Method Of Terminating Teachers'

D.C. Public Schools says the decison to tell hundreds of teachers they won't have a spot in their school during the next academic year was because of budget and enrollment issues. But the teachers' union thinks otherwise.

Maryland Sets Reliability Standards For Utility Companies

In Maryland, Gov. Martin O'Malley has signed legislation into law that establishes relability standards for utility companies that operate in the state.

Maryland's Version Of DREAM Act Signed Into Law

Gov. Martin O'Malley has signed a bill allowing illegal immigrants to pay in-state college tuition, if they meet certain conditions.

Preschool Waiting Lists: A Sign Of Hope Or Lack Of Options?

Waiting lists and safety schools are usually things we associate with applying to college. But in the District, those words are also part of the mix when you talk about preschool. The city's most popular pre-K programs can have hundreds of children on their waiting lists.

D.C. Chef José Andrés Wins Named James Beard 'Outstanding Chef'

José Andrés, the D.C. chef largely credited with bringing small plates to the U.S., has been named Outstanding Chef of the Year by the James Beard Foundation.

DC Budget Would Tax the Arts

Arts groups in the District are fighting back against a proposed six percent tax on theater and museum tickets.

Four Survive House Fire In P.G. County

Firefighters in Prince George's County battled a severe fire in Capitol Heights, Md., this morning. Four occupants of the house escaped without harm, although a dog died in the fire.

Redskins' Albert Haynesworth Pleads Not-Guilty To Sexual Assault

Washington Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth didn't show up to court today -- he waived his right to appear -- but he's pleading not-guilty to a charge of misdemeanor sex abuse stemming from an incident in February, TBD reports.

Rhee's Appearance At Vouchers Conference Brings Up Old Grievances

Former D.C. Schools Chancellor Michele Rhee is scheduled to speak today at a school vouchers conference in D.C., and her presence at the event is sparking protest.

More Than 600 D.C. School Employee Jobs Eliminated

The jobs of more than 600 D.C. school teachers and employees will be eliminated next month because of budget cuts and enrollment shifts.

Virginia's Challenge To Obama Health Care Goes To Appeals Court

A federal appeals court in Virginia hears arguments Tuesday in the first legal challenge to President Obama's health care overhaul.

D.C. Runners Form 'The Dojo Of Pain'

There is hardly a shortage of running aficionados in the D.C. area. But there are runners -- and there are competitive runners.

D.C. Council Members Gear Up For Final 2012 Budget Battle

It's budget season in the District -- that time of year when two D.C. Council members can look at the exact same document and see two different things.

Montgomery Co. Employees, School Employees Will Both Take Benefits Cuts

Whatever the outcome of the union negotiations currently underway in Montgomery County, it's inevitable that there will be changes.

Virginia: How Much Info On State Employees Should Be Public?

Virginia's Freedom of Information Advisory Council is weighing whether the law should allow the public access to the names, positions and compensation of state employees.

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