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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Sky Express Driver's Wife: He Didn't Want To Drive Before 1-95 Crash

The wife of a Sky Express bus driver, involved in an accident on I-95 that left four people dead, says her husband got behind the wheel because he feared for his job.

Susan Oliver: A Teacher Unlocks Hidden Talents

Susan Oliver is a communications consultant in Waterford, Va. She grew up on Long Island, N.Y., where a singing solo and a teacher's encouragement helped her feel powerful for the first time.

'Blue Tide' Of Police Aims To Keep Metro Safe In P.G. County

Prince George's County police are partnering with Metro police Wednesday in an outreach campaign designed to reduce crime in and around the county's transit stations.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Source Festival showcases theater and talent while three artists revisit the places from their pasts at the Stamp Gallery.

MoCo Police Celebrate Anniversary Of Crisis Intervention Team

Police in Montgomery County, Md., are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their Crisis Intervention Team. Officers on the team receive training in identifying mental illness.

Maryland Assessment Scores Up, But Not In Baltimore

The 2011 Maryland School Assessment scores show continued gains in reading and math among elementary and middle school children, but not every school system saw improvements.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

PHOTOS: Breast Cancer Patients Protest FDA Hearing On Avastin Drug

Breast cancer patients and their supporters are protesting at the Food and Drug Administration in Silver Spring this morning in support of the breast cancer drug Avastin.

Montgomery Co. Schools Superintendent Gives Farewell Address

In Maryland, Dr. Jerry Weast will retire Thursday after 12 years as the superintendent of Montgomery County schools. He sat in on his final Board of Education meeting Monday night.

Montgomery Co. Board Of Ed. Hears Charter School Proposals

Two groups are proposing Montgomery County's first charter schools, and the county's board of education got a full presentation on each of them at a board meeting Monday.

Dominion Customers To See Increase In Fuel Rate

Virginia regulators have approved a fuel rate increase request by Dominion Virginia Power, effective on the first of July. The rate increase will be spread over two years, as opposed to the original one year that Dominion proposed.

Marcum And Accused Killer May Have Had Money Dispute Before Her Death

More insight into the relationship between American University professor Sue Marcum and her alleged killer, including a dispute the two may have had before she died, has come to light.

After Shooting Near Caribbean Parade, Group Says Funds Are Needed To Fight Gangs

A 19-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the fatal shooting that happened near Saturday's Caribbean Festival Parade. The incident has some people questioning the city's gang-prevention efforts.

Report: Defense Department Schools Need Major Renovations

Three-quarters of schools run by the Defense Department on military bases worldwide are either beyond repair or would require extensive renovation before they meet the department's minimum standards, according to a new report. That includes four in Virginia rated "poor" or "failing."

McDonnell To Host Chesapeake Bay Executive Council Meeting

Governor Bob McDonnell will host the Chesapeake Bay Executive Council meeting with other governors in July, an announcement that comes at a time when a slew of new environmental laws are taking effect in the commonwealth.

DCPS Teachers, Staff Train To Help Students With Sex Education

Officials are working with teachers and staff in 10 D.C. public schools to train them on how to educate students who have questions about sexual health.

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