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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Virginia Gets High-Speed Rail Grant

Virginia gets $44 million from the federal government to help implement high-speed rail between Washington and Raleigh.

Principal Resigns After 'Banana Man' Protest

The principal that suspended a student for running across the football field wearing a banana costume in Fairfax County has resigned. 

One In 10 DCPS Middle Schoolers Say They've Attempted Suicide

empty desks

D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson presented the D.C. Council with some startling statistics about the city's middle school population Sept. 27. 

Crews Rappel Washington Monument

Rappelling on Washington Monument

Structural engineers are trying again today to rappel down the Washington Monument to look for structural damage after the investigation was suspended yesterday due to bad weather.

Grandmother Of Sexual Assault Victim Says Window Locks Went Unrepaired

Oxon Hill apartment complex

The grandmother of a 10-year-old girl who was sexually assaulted in her bedroom in Oxon Hill, Md. says their landlord was negligent in not fixing the apartment's window locks. 

Md. Legislature Looks At Offshore Wind

Offshore wind farm

Governor Martin O'Malley (D) plans to reintroduce wind power incentives this year, and Maryland lawmakers are working to be fully educated about the propoasl before it comes to them for a vote.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Sept. 28

Romero Britto Cubism

Les Mis, colorful cubism, and complex portraits made with mishmash materials.

MoCo Pushes Foreclosure Counseling

Montgomery County executive Isiah Leggett

Montgomery County officials are urging residents to avoid refinancing scams and consult counselors if they are thinking about foreclosing on their home.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Dozens Hospitalized In NW Carbon Monoxide Leak

carbon monoxide leak

Dozens of people were hospitalized, with at least three in serious condition, after a carbon monoxide leak struck a rehabilitation center in Columbia Heights Tuesday.

Sexual Assault Victim's Grandmother Blames Landlord

crime scene tape

The grandmother of the 10-year-old Oxon Hills, Maryland girl who was sexually assaulted Monday is blaming  the apartment complex for not fixing the locks on her windows.

MoCo Aims To Curb Fire Commission

montgomery county fire department

Montgomery County council members are at odds with firefighters over the powers being exercised by the Fire and Emergency Services Commission and their veto power over policy.

Wrongly Convicted Va. Man Asks For Full Exoneration

thomas haynesworth

A Virginia man imprisoned for nearly 30 years is seeking a full exoneration after DNA testing cleared him of one of the three charges for which he has served time.

Md. Looking To Ban Crib Bumper Pads

crib bumper pads

Parents trying to make their homes safer for young children might be surprised to find that crib bumper pads may actually cause more harm than good.

Parvo Outbreak Shuts Down Dog Shelter

shelter dog

An outbreak of Parvo amongst stray dogs in Washington County, Maryland has caused shelters to restrict the intake of new dogs.

Poverty Rates Linked To Fractured Families

Federal data shows that children in fractured families have a significantly higher chance of living in poverty, increasing the burden on public services.