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Monday, May 9, 2011

Consider This: Hiring Ex-Offenders During High Unemployment

You've heard the expression, "Damned if you do, damned if you don't." You've also read, I'm sure, that the stickiest problem facing the United States is unemployment.

Latest Maryland News

Gov. Martin O'Malley and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown will announce today in Annapolis a public-private partnership to provide affordable housing for people with disabilities.

Latest D.C. News

Police say they are looking for three men who tied up and beat the occupants of a home during a robbery over the weekend in D.C. MPD officials say two of the three people in the house were beaten and tied up and the other was forced to search the home at gunpoint early Saturday morning.

Latest Virginia News

RESTON, Va. (AP) Fire officials say a commuter bus has collided with another vehicle on the Dulles Airport Access Highway in Reston, injuring up to 10 people. There were no life-threatening injuries. Traffic was being diverted from the access highway onto the Dulles Toll Road.

Maryland News Roundup

From MarylandReporter.com DREAM ACT FIGHT: Dels. Nic Kipke and Steve Schuh are knocking on doors to fight a new bill that allows illegal immigrants to qualify for in-state tuition at Maryland's community colleges and universities, writes Tim Pratt of the Annapolis Capital.

Falling Price Of Crude Oil May Have Effect On Gas Prices

A rapid drop in the price of crude oil has analysts wondering whether lower gas prices are in our future.

D.C. Income Tax Hike Gets Support In New Poll

The battle over the budget is heating up in the District, including the discussion on Mayor Vincent Gray's proposed income tax hike.

Va. Governor May Appeal FEMA's Decision To Deny Aid

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell says he may appeal the Federal Emergency Management Agency's decision to deny the state's request for federal disaster assistance.

Researchers Studying Chinese 'Mitten' Crabs In Local Waterways

If you come across a crab that looks like it's wearing mittens, the Smithsonian wants to know.

Open Mic Night Celebrates 5 Years Of Multi-Denominational Dialogue

A group of Muslims in the area are working to rid many lingering stereotypes about their faith.

Gang Investigations In Montgomery Co. Have Latino Teens Claiming Profiling

After several Latino teenagers were lined up and photographed by police officers at the Montgomery County Fair, Latino advocates are looking for changes to the police department's gang investigation tactics.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

May 9, 2011 - Gothic art, waterfowl decoys, and local filmmakers head to Galicia.

Fairfax County To Consider Traffic Impact Fees

The Fairfax County Board is about to consider imposing transportation impact fees that would force developers to alleviate the traffic caused by new projects. But the idea doesn't have much traction.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Northwest High Graduate Dies In Car Crash

Ivar Ramiro Candia, a 2010 graduate of Northwest High School, died Friday after the vehicle he was driving collided with a dump truck near the intersections of Middlebrook and Germantown Roads in Montgomery County.

Students Retrace Freedom Riders Route To Civil Rights Act

It became a defining point in Civil Rights history. Fifty years ago after news of the violence against the initial freedom riders spread, hundreds more enlisted in the cause and joined 60 rides that summer.