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Monday, March 7, 2011

Latest Maryland News

Constellation Energy says offshore wind power will cost consumers, the chief of staff for Baltimore's mayor plans to depart, and officials say an inmate escaped from a corrections center in Delaware.

Latest D.C. News

Australia will announce a major donation to a planned visitors center for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Latest Virginia News

In Virginia today, the U.S. deployed a warship to protect Europe from a potential Iranian nuclear threat, Smithfield Foods releases behind-the-scenes look at pork production, a Norfolk man pleads guilty to federal fraud, and the founder of Ingle's grocery store has died at the age of 77.

D.C. Water Holds Town Hall Meetings

D.C.'s water authority is holding a series of town hall meetings, starting Tuesday, on water service in the city and a proposal to raise rates.

Washington Kastles To Get A New Home

The Washington Kastles are building a new stadium along the waterfront in Southwest D.C. They'll compete there this summer.

Power Breakfast: Social Insecurity Part Two

To recap, "Social Insecurity Part One" ended with Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina declaring: "Again, I've never seen a better moment to deal with Social Security in a bipartisan fashion than right now."

Gray Calls For Investigation Into Sulaimon Brown Allegations

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is calling on the city's attorney general to investigate the allegations made by former mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown.

MoCo Considers Imitating D.C.'s Bag Tax

Officials in Montgomery County, Md., are looking to follow the District's lead and tax plastic bags at 5 cents each.

Changing Sea Level Spotlights Virginia Coast

The Chesapeake Bay Region is experiencing sea-level rise more quickly than anywhere else on the Eastern Sea Board.

Fewer Drivers On First Day Of ICC Tolls

Ridership on Maryland's Intercounty Connector took a big dip Monday, the first day that drivers had to pay for riding the new roadway.

Sea-Level Rise Already Affects Wildlife

Certain human communities in our region are grappling with flooding and expected rising sea levels. But wildlife in the region is also experiencing changes; sensitive ecosystems are already disappearing.

Students Speak Out Against UDC President

University of the District of Columbia President Allen Sessoms is defending himself against allegations of wasting thousands of taxpayers dollars.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Butterfly drama, life after Katrina, and an opportunity to appreciate nature.

D.C. Mayor To Name Schools Chancellor This Week

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray says he'll name a new schools chancellor sometime this week, but it appears there's only one serious candidate.

Alexandria Public Employees Protest Lower Paychecks

Dozens of public employees are planning to be on hand Monday afternoon for a budget hearing at Alexandria City Hall in Virginia, where members of the city council will be considering a proposal that would increase employee contributions for health care and retirement.