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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

D.C. Charter Schools Pioneer Steps Down

Josephine Baker, a leader in the District's charter school movement, will step down as executive director of the D.C. Public Charter School Board.

Potomac River Gets A 'D' In Health

The annual Chesapeake Bay water quality "report card" does not contain good news for the Potomac River. The river quality dropped in 2010 from the year before, but scientists say the decline could have been even worse due to the rising population.

Lincoln Movie To Film In Virginia

A major motion picture on the presidency of Abraham Lincoln directed by Steven Spielberg is set be filmed in Virginia.

Secure Communities Prompts Immigrant Activism In Montgomery County

Come this fall, Montgomery County police will have to comply with a new immigration enforcement program, but that hasn't stopped activists from protesting the measure.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Bin Laden White House Rally A Boon For Capital Bikeshare

News about the killing of Osama bin Laden had an unexpected impact on D.C.'s Department of Transportation Sunday night -- heavy usage of the city's bike sharing program.

Bribery Trial For Former Va. Delegate Phil Hamilton Begins

The federal bribery and extortion trial of former Virginia Delegate Phil Hamilton is underway.

Enviro Group Calls On Federal Government For Anacostia Cleanup

A local nonprofit is calling for more federal involvement in the ongoing effort to clean up the Anacostia River.

Bag Tax Passes In Montgomery County

Montgomery County, Md., has followed the lead of the District and will impose a tax on disposable shopping bags.

Commentary By Jeanne Connelly: Don't Put Off A Visit To The Arboretum

This time of year a lot of people head outside to enjoy the weather and take in some of the spring blossoms. But Commentator Jeanne Connelly, of Friends of the National Arboretum, warns that one of those local dispalys is now in jeopardy.

Commercial Property Tax Hike Rejected By Alexandria City Council

In Virginia, members of the Alexandria City Council have rejected a proposal that would have singled out commercial properties for a higher tax rate to help pay for transportation projects. Instead, council members decided to raise taxes on everybody.

College Campuses Could Change Work-Life Culture

There's no question jobs that offer work-flex policies are in demand these days -- jobs that can offer employees options to work at home and skip the long commute. But some say those opportunities are often reserved for elite white-collar professionals. One local university is leading the charge to make a change in the work-life culture.

Pressure Mounts On O'Malley To Veto Waste-To-Energy Bill

In Maryland, a growing coalition is urging Gov. Martin O'Malley to veto legislation that enhances incentives for facilities that create energy by incinerating trash.

Once Segregated Va. School To Become Civil Rights Center

A new center for the study of civil rights in education will open this summer in Prince Edward County, Va. What was once an all-black high school will soon house The Robert Russa Moton Museum.

Fallen Law Enforcement Officers Honored At Blue Mass

The area's law enforcement community is remembering those who gave their lives in the line of duty. Tuesday, officers from more than two dozen law enforcement agencies gathered at a church in downtown D.C. for the annual Blue Mass.

Preakness: There's an App for That

Maryland horse racing fans can now turn to a special smart phone app for the latest Preakness updates and other racing news.

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