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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Fewer Virginia Schools Meet Federal Standards

In Virginia, more than three-fifths of Virginia's public schools and 97 percent of districts failed to meet annual benchmarks in reading and math under 'No Child Left Behind.'

Aug. 11 Among Busiest Days On American Roads

The first two weeks of August are among the busiest for American highways, with millions of people trying to squeeze in a getaway before the end of the summer.

Baltimore Sun Union Fighting Job Losses

The Baltimore Sun is offering buyouts to some employees. Baltimore Sun Media Senior Vice President of Marketing Judy Berman said in a statement the company is bargaining with the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild over the terms of a voluntary buyout offer.

Federal Funds To Help Virginia's Broccoli Boom

Fifty years ago, broccoli was a vegetable virtually unknown in America, but its popularity has grown steadily. Consumption is up 600 percent, and Virginia farmers are vowing to get their share of the broccoli business by joining a federally funded campaign to grow more broccoli on the east coast.

Virginia Mourns Navy SEALS

Gov. Bob McDonnell has designated Friday as a day of mourning in Virginia for the 30 members of the U.S. military who died after their helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan, reports AP.

Md. Rep Stands Against Chimp Research

Maryland Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R) is sponsoring legislation to phase out invasive research on chimpanzees. Bartlett, a Republican, wrote about his opposition to research that harms the animals in an opinion page article in today's New York Times.

Census Reports Increase In Maryland's Gay Population

There are nearly 17,000 gay couples in the state of Maryland, according to new data released by the United States Census Bureau. That's a 50 percent increase from a decade ago.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Virginia Looks To Bolster Civics Education

Surveys have shown that Americans know little about the U.S. government and Constitution. The studies have prompted the Virginia General Assembly to revive a commission studying ways to bolster civics education.

After Rash Of Crimes, LGBT Community Calls For Police Action

D.C.'s gay, lesbian, and transgender activists are upset by a series of attacks, one of them deadly, that seem to target members of their community. Some say police response to the crimes has been disappointing, and even biased.

Regional School Officials Will Weigh 'No Child Left Behind' Waiver

School officials in the region are applauding a decision by the U.S. Department of Education to relax some requirements of the No Child Left Behind law.

Fairfax County Calls On SWAT Team To Thin Deer Population

They may look like Bambi, but deer in urban areas destroy natural habitat, and make roads hazardous.

Robyn Gardner's Boyfriend Says Disappearance Story Doesn't Add Up

As authorities in Aruba continue to search for missing Frederick County resident Robyn Gardner, more questions are being raised about the man who police say is a suspect in her disappearance.

D.C. Police Union: Chief Can't Call For "All Hands On Deck" This Weekend

It's "All Hands on Deck" this weekend for D.C. police, whether officers like it or not.

Maryland's and Virginia's Bond Ratings Could Be Cut This Fall

The credit ratings of Virginia and Maryland could be tied to the congressional panel set up to reduce the deficit.

Rockville Doctors Make Locker Rooms Safe With Extreme Science

Sports injuries are often associated with crushing tackles on the football field, but dangers lurk in the quiet corners of the locker room too.

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