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Friday, February 25, 2011

International AIDS Conference Brings Local Spotlight

World leaders will converge on the District next summer for the 2012 International AIDS conference. And officials in the District say the global conference provides the perfect opportunity for D.C. to renew its fight against the epidemic.

'Green' Cab Company Set Example In Arlington

Gas prices are edging up as the conflict in Libya escalates, but one Virginia cab company is promoting a new business model.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Principals Discuss Prepping Students For College, Careers

A confidential survey of D.C.'s 10 comprehensive high schools highlight some of the challenges in getting their students ready for college or a career.

MoCo Fire And Rescue Put County Council To The Test

In Maryland, the Montgomery County Council is currently reviewing elements of the 2012 operating budget. In this period of belt tightening, Fire and Rescue is working to insure its needs and mission are clearly articulated.

Officers Charged With Taking Financial Cut From Auto Shop

In Maryland, 31 Baltimore police officers have been suspended, 17 of whom are facing conspiracy and extortion charges.

D.C. Leaders Brace For Potential Federal Gov't Shutdown

The date March 4 is looming large over city leaders in D.C.
That's when a potential federal government shutdown could happen.

Supporters Optimistic Md. Alcohol Tax Will Be Raised

In Maryland, supporters of raising the state's alcohol tax 10 cents per drink are optimistic they will be successful this year in Annapolis.

Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passed In Maryland Senate

The Maryland Senate passed the bill 25-21 Thursday. The bill now heads to the House of Delegates.

The measure, if passed by the House and signed by Gov. Martin O'Malley, was amended to include protections for religious groups and institutions to keep them from being forced to participate in gay weddings. But the bill would grant the same title and rights to same-sex couples that Maryland allows married straight couples.

If the measure becomes law, Maryland would become the sixth state to approve gay marriages. Sen. President Thomas V. Mike Miller said this month he felt the push toward more rights for gay men and women is part of a national trend.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Venetian competition, Italian theater, and the Oscar goes to...

Sulaimon Brown Fired From Gray Administration

A former D.C. mayoral candidate and controversial hire in the Gray administration has been fired.

Baltimore Group Creates Local Currency

Shoppers in Baltimore, Md., will soon have another way to pay at local businesses.

All-Hybrid Cab Company Wants To Expand

Upheaval in Libya has led to an increase in gas prices and that's one of the reasons a cab company in Arlington, Va., says it's glad it has a fleet of all hybrid taxis.

Local Web Series Highlights Anacostia

"Anacostia -- The Web Series" is heading into its third season. And in case you haven't clicked your way to the series yet, it's an Internet soap opera, home-grown in Southeast D.C.

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