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Thursday, August 11, 2011

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.

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.

Wal-Mart Continues Charitable Donations, Pushes To Open More Stores In D.C.

As Wal-Mart pushes to open up stores in the District, it continues to make charitable donations to different local causes. Today the giant retailer announced it's donating $3 million to job training programs in D.C.

Customs Agents Seize 18 Pounds Of Cocaine At Dulles Airport

A drug-sniffing dog has discovered out more than 18 lbs. of cocaine on a plane at Dulles International Airport. But agents have few clues as to the intended recipients.

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.'

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.

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.

MLK Memorial Will Open Early For District Residents

District residents will get a sneak peek at the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial later this month.

Maryland Rolls Out Phone-Based Traffic Alerts

Motorists in Maryland can now receive up-to-the-minute traffic information through a new phone system.

Advisory Group Debates Plan For Alexandria Waterfront

Should the Alexandria waterfront have hotels or parks? That's at the heart of a debate now playing out at City Hall, where members of an advisory panel are expected to issue recommendations Nov. 1.

Robyn Gardner's Mother Praying For Her Safe Return

The mother of a woman who disappeared during a trip to Aruba tells the Associated Press the family is hoping for the best outcome and praying she'll be with them soon.

Youth Voices: Raven Reese

Sooner or later, every child must realize that the world is more than just a playground, and that being a parent involves more than just saying 'Yes, you may.' For commentator Raven Reese, those lessons were particularly difficult ones.

Advocates Seek Continued Funding For Farmers' Markets

Advocates for farmers markets say locally-sourced fruits and vegetables aren't just adding flavor to our refrigerators, they also spice up our economy. But supporters worry federal grants for farmers markets could soon disappear.

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