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Monday, March 21, 2011

Power Breakfast: Federal Funding For Elder Abuse Prevention

From Capitol News Connection:

Earlier this month, the Special Committee on Aging heard testimony from actor Mickey Rooney about becoming a victim of elder abuse. Washington is in no mood to increase funding for social programs, but this cause may be the exception.

There's A New National Christmas Tree

The National Park Service has planted a new National Christmas Tree to replace the previous spruce toppled by high winds last month.

Former Metro Executive Now Lobbying For Metro Contractor

WAMU has learned that a former senior executive at Metro is now lobbying Metro on behalf of one of its biggest contractors.

Debate Over What Pro-Life Counseling Centers Must Disclose To Clients

A federal judge has told Montgomery County, Md., it can't force pro-life counseling centers to tell clients to seek medical attention elsewhere. Later this week, the board will decide if it will appeal the ruling.

Commentary By Page Schindler Buchanan: Early Refund Woes

As April 15 approaches, many of us are finding ourselves laboring through our taxes. Commentator Page Schindler Buchanan, volunteer coordinator for the D.C. Earned Income Tax Credit Campaign, is warning about one way some lenders take advantage of people desperate for their refunds.

Study: 1 In 3 Uninsured D.C. Residents Have Precancerous Polyps

Health officials in D.C. say a program offering free colonoscopies to uninsured and under-insured city residents found that nearly 1 in 3 patients had precancerous lesions -- a finding higher than the national average.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Steve Jobs comes to town and he's joined by some potters and drunken sailors.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Commission Ends College Gender-Discrimination Investigation

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has decided to end a year-long investigation into possible gender discrimination in college admissions.

Maryland News Roundup

Taxes and budget issues are likely to dominate the rest of the legislative session, and cost concerns are jeopardizing the governor's proposal to subsidize offshore wind far development.

Latest Maryland News

Rep. Roscoe Bartlett will seek an 11th term in office, and scientists want the government to let apple and peach growers use an insecticide currently banned.

Latest D.C. News

Rock Creek Academy in Northwest D.C. is under investigation, and the annual youth law fair is Saturday at Washington's Superior Court.

Latest Virginia News

A Navy captain has been censured for producing and starring in a series of raunchy videos, and an FDA advisory panel says removal of menthol cigarettes would benefit public health.

Maryland House Grapples With Education Cuts

In Annapolis, a House committee is considering ways to restore $58 million for K-12 education in Maryland. House leaders want to reverse budget cuts to education proposed by Gov. Martin O'Malley.

Arrest Made In Connection With Homicide At Lululemon

UPDATE: Montgomery County Police have arrested 27-year-old Brittany Norwood in connection with the murder at the Lulumon Athletica Yoga store in Bethesda on March 11.

Top Stories With Washington Post Columnist Robert McCartney

Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey talks with Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney about Sulaimon Brown's accusations against Mayor Vincent Brown, the new bill to legalize gay marriage in Maryland, and the bill changing Price George's County Council's role in the development process.

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