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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Locals Respond To Clergy Sex Abuse Study

A study of clergy sex abuse in America, sponsored by the U.S. Catholic Church, concludes that a combination of social factors, deficiencies in seminary education and inconsistent responses by church leaders contributed to the crisis.

D.C. School Officials Tighten Test Security After Investigation

In the District, test scores at three public school classrooms are being thrown out after an investigation found strong suspicion of what officials are calling test security violations.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

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.

After Fatal MoCo Crash, Police And Parents Beg Teens To Be Careful

Following this past weekend's triple fatal car accident in Montgomery County, authorities are urging teen drivers, their friends, and parents to consider the consequences of poor judgement behind the wheel.

Jack Johnson Pleads Guilty

UPDATE: Former Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson has pleaded guilty to charges of extortion and witness and evidence tampering. Johnson entered the plea to the two counts in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt on Tuesday.

D.C. Activists Fighting Gray Proposal To Repurpose Stadium Funds

A deal struck in 2004 to set aside funding for the Nationals ballpark neighborhood -- in order to get the needed votes to build the stadium -- is in jeopardy, and D.C. activists aren't too thrilled.

D.C.-To-NYC Buses May Get More Expensive With New Regulations

In D.C.'s Chinatown neighborhood, buses leave to or arrive from New York City at almost any hour. These buses have grown in popularity, thanks in large part to their low prices. But starting this summer, D.C. can charge companies for using curbside space.

Pets Find Shelter In D.C. After Alabama Tornado

Thirty-seven dogs and four cats rescued in the aftermath of the tornadoes that struck Alabama are now calling the District home. The pets are now being cared for at the Washington Animal Rescue League, after a 17-hour, life-saving trip in an animal ambulance.

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.

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