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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Two Women, One A Minor, Charged In Baltimore Transgender Beating

A Baltimore County grand jury has indicted two teenagers on hate crime charges in the April beating of a transgender woman at a McDonald's restaurant in Rosedale, Md.

Realtors Get Creative In Heated Market

The Washington metro area's housing market hasn't been hit as hard as other parts of the country, but because there are thousands of realtors, competition to list properties is fierce.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Survival theater, gray area art, Placido's swan song, and afternoon hymns.

GM Breaks Ground On Electric Motor Facility In Maryland

Proponents of green manufacturing at the state and national level gathered in White Marsh, Md., Tuesday to break ground on a new facility at General Motors' Baltimore Operation.

The Mysterious Disappearing Orchid

Orchids are often known only by the showy tropical varieties available in grocery stores and greenhouses. But there are hundreds of orchid species that live in this region. There is a race to save the small whorled pogonia, one of the last populations in Virginia.

Jack Johnson Apologizes To PG County After Pleading Guilty

Former Prince Georges County Executive Jack Johnson, accused of corruption by the federal government in 2010, has reached an agreement with prosecutors.

D.C. Wastewater Treatment Plant To Make Electricity From Waste

The District's Wastewater Treatment Plant, one of the largest in the world, is getting new technology to generate electricity from waste and cut the plant's nitrogen pollution in half.

Commentary By Sally White: Honoring The Art Of Caregiving

May is Older Americans Month, but commentator Sally White, executive director of Iona Senior Services, says we should take the opportunity to pay tribute to those caring for older Americans as well.

Advocacy Groups Seek To Delay New Gay Adoption Rules In Va.

Advocacy groups are asking the Virginia Board of Social Services to delay new rules they say would discriminate against gay people who want to adopt.

Md. Governor: Transgendered People Need More Protection

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says he will work for greater protection for transgendered people in the next legislative session. O'Malley's pledge comes in the aftermath of an attack on a transgender woman in Maryland in April.

Former P. G. County Exec. Jack Johnson Pleads Guilty

In Maryland, former Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson has pleaded guilty to two federal charges he faces in connection with a pay-to-play corruption scandal involving developers.

Metro Proposes Increasing Train Wait Times

As Metro works to close a $66 million budget gap, riders could face longer Metrorail delays on weekends and the elimination of some bus routes.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Lyme Disease Group Warns Of Rising Tick Population

The D.C. metro region is experiencing a spike in its tick population, and that could mean an increase in cases of a very troublesome disease.

Employment Program Helps Veterans Transition Into Civilian Life

The region is home to thousands of veterans, and some are still struggling to get back into civilian life.

Commentary By Walter Smith: Cleaning Up The Anacostia River

For years, organizations and local lawmakers have struggled to find ways to restore the Anacostia River – which has long suffered from pollution. Commentator Walter Smith, executive director of the nonprofit D.C. Appleseed says it's time for the federal government to step up efforts to clean up the river and surrounding communities.

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