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Monday, May 16, 2011

Lyme Disease Group Warns Of Rising Tick Population

The D.C. metro region is experiencing a spike in its tick population, and that could mean an increase in cases of a very troublesome disease.

Employment Program Helps Veterans Transition Into Civilian Life

The region is home to thousands of veterans, and some are still struggling to get back into civilian life.

Commentary By Walter Smith: Cleaning Up The Anacostia River

For years, organizations and local lawmakers have struggled to find ways to restore the Anacostia River – which has long suffered from pollution. Commentator Walter Smith, executive director of the nonprofit D.C. Appleseed says it's time for the federal government to step up efforts to clean up the river and surrounding communities.

Competition And Controversy At Nation's Best High School

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Fairfax County, Va. is widely considered one of the best public high schools in the country. But "TJ," as it's known to many in Northern Virginia, isn't getting great reviews when it comes to its admissions process.

Accused Driver Of Fatal Car Crash Attended Parties That Evening

New details are emerging about the Rockville man accused of driving the car in which three young friends were killed in an early morning crash in Montgomery County.

Gay Couple In Virginia Wins Hyphenated Last Name Case

A Virginia state court has allowed two gay couples to hyphenate their last names after previously rejecting both petitions as fraudulent.

Pets Rescued From Tornado Brought To D.C. Shelter

The tornado that devastated Alabama has also wreaked havoc with thousands of pets. The Tuscaloosa animal shelter has seven times more abandoned and hurt animals than usual. Some of those displaced pets are hoping to find a home in the District.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Will Barnet celebrates 100 years, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. gets serious, and Lumina stages Henry VI.

Metro Budget Hearings: What A Difference A Year Makes

This week, Metro will be hashing out its budget for the coming year at six public hearings. The gap this year is less than one-third of last year's.

Consider This: Promoting Renewable Energy

Big news stories seemed to have followed one upon the other in recent weeks, with a result that our attention to each is relatively short-lived. There was the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the uprisings in Egypt and Libya, the huge stories about the death of Osama bin Laden, followed by the record floodings in large parts of our country.

Mount Vernon's Dyke Marsh Rapidly Eroding, Warns Environmental Group

A panel of scientists has concluded that Dyke Marsh in the Mount Vernon District of Fairfax County is eroding by as much as 8 feet each year. Many are concerned that could threatened the delicate balance of a fragile ecosystem.

D.C. Council Remains Divided Over Budget Issues

With the clock ticking to pass a balanced budget, members of the D.C. Council held a closed-door meeting to hash out their priorities for next year's spending plan.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Maryland Approves The Use of Deer Birth Control

Maryland has become the first state to approve the use of Gonacon, a birth control product for deer.

Department Of Natural Resources Asks Crabbers to Install Turtle Excluder Devices?

Remember the terrapin when you set out crab pots this year.

P.G. County Exec. Rushern Baker Nominates Police And Fire Chiefs

Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker has nominated Acting Police Chief Mark Magaw to permanently take the job as county police chief.

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