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Friday, February 3, 2012

Transgender Woman Dead In D.C. After Attack

A transgender woman has died in the District today, after being attacked earlier this week.

CQ Roll Call: Insider Trading Bill Passes By Wide Margin

The U.S. Senate passed a bill Thursday by a wide margin that would ban insider training by members of Congress and their staffs. Now it's on to the House, where Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) has said it will go to the floor next week.

Montgomery County Teacher Accused Of Sex With Student

A 47-year-old teacher and coach in Montgomery County is being accused of having sex with a 16-year-old student.

Embassies Go Green In Partnership With D.C.

Embassies in D.C. are pledging to work with the District government on environmental sustainability measures.

Big Chair Coffee Reopens In Anacostia

Big Chair coffee reopens its doors in Anacostia, hoping to win back the neighborhood sorely lacking in sit-down restaurants.

Second Arrest Made In Death Of Lenny Harris

Police have arrested a Maryland man in connection with the shooting death of Alexandria civic activist Lenny Harris, the second suspect apprehended this week.

Activists Urge D.C. Leaders To Spend Surplus

Activists in the District are calling for city leaders to use the $240 million surplus on programs for struggling members of the community instead of stashing it away in a rainy-day fund.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Arlingtonians Still Concerned About VDOT's I-66 Plans

Residents of Arlington have not seen eye to eye with VDOT over their plans to address I-66 congestion by expanding the number of lanes on the road.

Study: D.C. Ranks Fifth Amongst Terrorism Hotspots In U.S.

Accoring to a study, D.C. ranks as the fifth most active terrorist hotspot in the United States, behind other major metropolitan areas like New York and San Francisco.

Gray Pursues Bond Rating Upgrade For D.C.

Mayor Vincent Gray is visiting ratings agencies in New York City to try and persuade them to upgrade the District's credit rating based on the relative health of the local economy.

School Bus Cameras One Step Closer In Montgomery County

The Montgomery County Council's public safety committee has approved a plan to put traffic cameras on school buses, removing one more obstacle to its implementation.

Exelon Corp. Expands To Baltimore

The Exelon Corporation is looking to make its new headquarters at a waterfront property in Baltimore, as part of its buyout of Constellation Energy.

People's Prayer Breakfast Speaks To Social Justice

The National Prayer Breakfast is a D.C. institution, catering to the country's elite. A People's Prayer Breakfast was also held this morning -- a more humble gathering united behind the message of social justice.

PHOTOS: Why Students Drop Out

Teachers at schools like Turner at Green Elementary in Southeast D.C. try to instill in young students that they can grow up to achieve their goals. However, the reality is many public school students in D.C. will not graduate. Educators and researchers are now working to identify the early warning signs that a student may eventually drop out, and address those issues at an early age.  

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Why Kids Drop Out: Identifying The Early Warning Signs

Students drop out of school for a complex combination of reasons, making it difficult for teachers to identify any one cause. What educators have been able to narrow down are the most frequent early indicators that a student might someday drop out of school, and they apply these daily to try to combat the dropout crisis.