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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

McDonnell Takes Over As Head Of Republican Governors Association

Now that Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has been named chair of the Republican Governors Association, it could test his relationship with Maryland Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley.

Year-Round Canada Geese Create Year-Round Headaches

What happens when things that everyone expects to migrate just, well, don't? Much like an unwanted house guest who overstays his or her welcome, non-migratory Canada geese set up shop year-round. This causes problems for humans and the environment alike.

Botanic Garden Scientists Save Smuggled Plants

Across the country, federal officials patrol airports and harbors looking for plants being smuggled across our borders. Many of those plants end up at the U.S. Botanic Garden's facility in Southwest D.C.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Youth Voices: Lewis Reining

Countless wistful students have sat bored in class, wishing they had a machine to transport them beyond the schoolyard gates. Commentator Lewis Reining got to build one, and says what he learned during the process rivaled some of the science and math lessons he sat through in high school.

Homeless Children In Loudoun Get Care From Mobile Clinic

A community health program in Loudoun County is expanding its focus to the hundreds of homeless children living there.

UMD Students Can Have A "Virtual Escort" Starting Next Month

Starting next month, students at the University of Maryland in College Park can have a "virtual escort" on campus to keep them safe.

McDonnell Takes Helm Of Republican Governors Association

Now that Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has been named chair of the Republican Governors Association, it could test his relationship with Maryland Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley.

Flash Mob Robbery in Germantown

Montgomery County police are investigating a robbery that took place at a 7-Eleven in Germantown, and involved more than two dozen people.

Great Dismal Swamp Wild Fire Spreads

Hundreds of firefighters continue to battle a wildfire at the Great Dismal Swamp National Refuge.

Ticket Amnesty Program Underway In D.C.

Drivers in the District have one more day to ask the city to research long overdue parking tickets through an online form.

Residents In D.C. Apartment Complex Say Security Gate Threatens Their Lives

Some residents of an apartment complex in southeast D.C. say a security fence meant to protect them is instead putting their lives at risk.

Connolly To Sponsor Bill To Compensate Recently Furloughed FAA Employees

A local congressman is pushing legislation to provide back pay to workers who were recently furloughed at the Federal Aviation Administration.

Impending Federal Budget Cuts May Have Negative Impact On D.C. Region

A local economist says impending federal budget cuts will have a negative impact on the region’s economy.

Zipcar Encourages "Low-Car Diet"

It’s 7:00 a.m. and Northeast, D.C. resident Tiffany Bridge is about to begin her daily commute to work. Altogether, the trip includes two buses and takes more than an hour. And you know what? She loves it.

Moran Supports History Of Immigration By Co-Sponsoring National Museum Of The American People

Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) wants to build a museum on the National Mall, to commemorate the immigrants who have helped make our nation what it is today.

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