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Friday, September 16, 2011

Thursday, September 15, 2011

DCPS Launches Sex Ed. Standardized Tests

Test Paper

D.C.'s public and charter schools are going to begin testing students on sexual health, making D.C. the first state to offer standardized testing in the subject of sex education.

Abortion Opponents Want Doctor Out

Abortion opponents are urging a landlord to terminate the lease of doctor performing late-term abortions at a Germantown clinic.

Perry: Too Early To Say If McDonnell Will Be Running Mate

GOP Presidential candidate Rick Perry joined Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell at a fundraiser in the commonwealth yesterday, but the two politicians remained coy on a possible role for McDonnell in Perry's campaign.

Senate Panel Looks At D.C. Funding Today

Mayor Vincent Gray being arrested

D.C. voting rights activitists, as well as abortion rights activists, are keeping a close watch on today's markup of the funding bill that includes the District government.

Smaller Crowd Expected At MLK Dedication

MLK Memorial

After the dedication of the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in D.C. was cancelled last month during Hurricane Irene, organizers are now expecting a much smaller crowd at the rescheduled event. 

Gov. McDonnell's Approval Rating Soars

Governor Bob McDonnell

Virginians appear to be bucking the national trend: they're happy with their elected leaders.

Va. Board To Vote On Abortion Regulations

Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Virginia

The Virginia Board of Health will vote Thursday on controversial emergency regulations that increase standards in the Commonwealth's 22 abortion clinics.

D.C. Barbershop Program Teaches About Life

54th and Cutz

Kids from the most troubled areas of Northeast D.C. are getting another chance with a new barbershop program that teaches them skills to succeed in work and in life.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

D.C. Councilman: Quake Response A Failure

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments sat down to review the District's response to the myriad of crises in the last month, and some were less than pleased.

Poll Shows Virginians Favor Abortion Rules

A proposed law that would impose standards on abortion clinics has won support in Virginia, despite critics' claims that is a backdoor attempt to limit access to abortions.

Dulles Plane Carrying Justice Ginsburg Evacuated

Flight 586

United Airlines Flight 586, carrying Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, was evacuated on Wednesday after engine problems caused smoke to be detected in the cabin.

Md. Seeks Harriet Tubman National Park

harriet tubman visitors center

Maryland senator Ben Cardin is sponsoring a bill that would create two national parks dedicated to Harriet Tubman and her fight against slavery.