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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Virginia Redistricting: Time Is Running Out To Keep Scheduled Primaries

State lawmakers in Virginia will continue negotiations today in an effort to agree on a redistricting map acceptable to both Democrats and Republicans. But time may be running out to hold election primaries as scheduled.

Young Adults Head To Capitol Hill To Ask: 'Where Are The Jobs?'

As Congress negotiates impending budget cuts including a possible reduction of federal grants to college students, unemployment among those under 30 is higher than the national average. A group of young adults who call themselves the "Briefcase Brigade" is heading to Capitol Hill Wednesday to urge lawmakers to support educational funding and to deliver on promises of jobs.

Cuccinelli Slams DOE, Will Appeal Virginia Tech Fines

The Commonwealth's Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli, says he intends to appeal a federal fine levied against Virginia Tech for its handling of the 2007 campus shooting that left 32 dead.

H. Y. Griffin: Crossing The Finish Line

H. Y. Griffin, a Washington resident who works as a community organizer through AmeriCorps, achieved a big dream with a little celebrity inspiration a lot of community support.

Tornado Watch In Effect Wednesday Evening

A flash flood warning is in effect until 10:15 p.m. for Anne Arundel, Prince George's and Charles counties in Maryland, as well as for Fairfax County in Virginia.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

The Sweater Set, a festival of art from the fringe, and Farragut North-the play, not the Metro station.

MoCo Firefighters Protest Against County Executive

Professional firefighters in Montgomery County are staging a protest Wednesday in Burtonsville, Md., against County Executive Isiah Leggett.

Pediatrician Helps Obese Children Take 'Baby Steps'

Children's National Medical Center's I.D.E.A.L. Clinic works with the most obese children in the District. And although I.D.E.A.L. stands for "Improving Diet, Exercise and Activity for Life," one of the clinic's doctors points out that overcoming the challenges of childhood obesity can involve a lot more than just diet and exercise.

Wanted In D.C.: A New Taxicab Commissioner

Leon Swain, the taxicab commissioner under former Mayor Adrian Fenty, was told by the Mayor Vincent Gray's office he would not be reappointed to the job.

Humor Marks Funeral For Former Maryland Governor

Hundreds packed a church in Baltimore, Md., for the funeral for former Gov. William Donald Schaefer.

Restaurants Raise Money For Employees Out Of Work From Georgetown Flood

Several D.C. area restaurants have stepped up to "adopt" some of their fellow eateries in the wake of the Georgetown floods last week.

Starting tonight at The Front Page in Arlington, they're raising money for employees from the restaurants at Washington Harbour in Georgetown, who are expected to be out of work for the next several weeks as crews finish cleaning up flood damage.

9/11 Pentagon Stone Presented To FBI

Military officials are remembering September 11, 2001 today as they show their appreciation to some of those who responded to the attacks.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

DDOT to spray ginkgo trees to stem smell

D.C. officials are starting to spray ginkgo trees around the city to stave off the unpleasant odor of its fruits.

Baltimore Transgender Beating May Yield Hate Crime Charges

Maryland prosecutors may file hate crime charges in connection with the beating of a transgender woman at a Baltimore area McDonald's. The two alleged assailants have been arrested and the victim is now recovering.

Montgomery Co. Names New Schools Superintendent

In Montgomery County, school officials have chosen a new superintendent to lead the county's public school system. Dr. Joshua P. Starr comes to Maryland from the public school system in Stamford, Conn.

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