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Monday, March 7, 2011

Sea-Level Rise Already Affects Wildlife

Certain human communities in our region are grappling with flooding and expected rising sea levels. But wildlife in the region is also experiencing changes; sensitive ecosystems are already disappearing.

Students Speak Out Against UDC President

University of the District of Columbia President Allen Sessoms is defending himself against allegations of wasting thousands of taxpayers dollars.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Butterfly drama, life after Katrina, and an opportunity to appreciate nature.

D.C. Mayor To Name Schools Chancellor This Week

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray says he'll name a new schools chancellor sometime this week, but it appears there's only one serious candidate.

Alexandria Public Employees Protest Lower Paychecks

Dozens of public employees are planning to be on hand Monday afternoon for a budget hearing at Alexandria City Hall in Virginia, where members of the city council will be considering a proposal that would increase employee contributions for health care and retirement.

Va. Ready To Prosecute In East Coast Rapist Case

Officers involved in the arrest of a man thought to be the East Coast Rapist say they always expected a tip from the public would help them solve the case.

Consider This, With Fred Fiske: Looming Food Crisis

This week, Fred considers threats to the global food supply and how higher prices and arable-land shortages are already affecting the world.

Corner Store Reflects Neighborhood Change

African-American-owned businesses in Baltimore are growing three times faster than the business community as a whole. One such business is Gerry's Goods in Baltimore's Sandtown neighborhood.

Protesters Want Legal Action Against Big Bank Leaders

In Northwest D.C., protesters seeking criminal prosecutions for leaders of the biggest banks have gathered oustide a meeting of the country's attorneys general.

Maryland News Roundup

From MarylandReporter.com: federal budget cuts, same-sex marriage and the "Maryland Dream Act."

Latest Maryland News

Constellation Energy says offshore wind power will cost consumers, the chief of staff for Baltimore's mayor plans to depart, and officials say an inmate escaped from a corrections center in Delaware.

Latest D.C. News

Australia will announce a major donation to a planned visitors center for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Latest Virginia News

In Virginia today, the U.S. deployed a warship to protect Europe from a potential Iranian nuclear threat, Smithfield Foods releases behind-the-scenes look at pork production, a Norfolk man pleads guilty to federal fraud, and the founder of Ingle's grocery store has died at the age of 77.

D.C. Water Holds Town Hall Meetings

D.C.'s water authority is holding a series of town hall meetings, starting Tuesday, on water service in the city and a proposal to raise rates.

Washington Kastles To Get A New Home

The Washington Kastles are building a new stadium along the waterfront in Southwest D.C. They'll compete there this summer.