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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Virginia Board Tackles Same-Sex Adoption

UPDATE: The Virginia Board of Social Services has rejected proposed regulations that would have prohibited adoption agencies from discriminating against prospective parents because they're gay.

In D.C, Get Ready To Pay For Parking Via Smartphone App

You'll soon be able to pay for parking at all 17,000 of the District's street metered parking spaces by phone.

Drivers that frequently park in Foggy Bottom or near Nationals ballpark probably already know there's an app for that. Now, the pilot program is being extended city-wide.

Power Breakfast: To Raise, Or Not To Raise The Retirement Age

Members of Congress are lining up for a debate over Social Security, which is looking more an more likely for the agenda after April recess.

Congress Urged To Approve Jewish Chaplains Memorial

As Jewish Americans across the country observe Passover, dozens of Jewish-American organizations are urging Congress to correct an oversight at the nation's most hallowed ground: Arlington National Cemetery.

Police Guard Synagogue Following Vandalism

State police were assigned to stand guard outside a synagogue in Potomac, Md. this week following an act of vandalism to the building. But as members of the congregation will tell you, a police presence here is more the rule than the exception.

Looking Forward To Final Portion Of The ICC

In Maryland, the second portion of the Intercounty Connector has yet to open, but state and Prince George's County officials are already looking forward to opening the third part of the road.

Blue Crabs Take A Hit From Cold Snap, But Are Still Clawing Back

In December, the water in the Chesapeake Bay got so cold that one-third of all adult crabs died, but they are still within healthy population levels.

Animal Shelter Hopes Food Pantry Will Keep Pets In Homes

Pets are often the unsung victims of economic downturn, but a cat shelter in Alexandria, Va., is trying to take the financial burden off animal ownership.

Virginia Offers $5,000 Merit Grants To Teachers

Virginia's Governor Bob McDonnell and the Virginia Department of Education are rolling out a new teacher merit-pay plan that invites some districts to compete for grants to award teachers in 'hard-to-staff' schools.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Maryland Acquires Land For Final Part Of ICC

Maryland now has the land in Prince George's County that will allow for the final phase of the Intercounty Connector to be completed.

MoCo Synagogue Vandalized On Eve Of Passover

As police in Montgomery County, Md., search for the vandals responsible for the damage to a synagogue in Potomac, some temple members and business owners are considering its connection to the start of Passover.

Security At D.C.-Run Juvenile Justice Center In Question

New questions are being raised about the safety and security of a juvenile detention center in Maryland that houses young people from the District.

Former Maryland Governor William Donald Schaefer Dead At 89

William Donald Schaefer, who had served as both Maryland governor and Baltimore mayor during a lengthy political career, has died. He was 89.

Schaefer will lie in repose Monday at the State House in Annapolis and next Tuesday at Baltimore's City Hall.

Georgetown Waterfront Cleanup Still Underway

Crews are still working furiously to pump out the lower level of the Washington Harbor complex on the Georgetown waterfront, after last night's high tide once again flooded the area.

Power Breakfast: Social Insecurity

From Capitol New Connection -- Until now, Social Security has mostly stayed out of the budget fray. That's likely to change, however, when Congress reconvenes in May.

This story is the first installment in a two-part "Social Insecurity" series.

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