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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

For Many Students In DCPS, Day Two Will Be Day One

Yesterday was officially the first day of school for D.C. public schools, both traditional and charter. But for some DCPS students today will be the first day of school.

Congress Ready To Back Down U.S. Involvement In Libya

With the recent gains made by Libyan rebels, lawmakers in the region say the international mission has been justified, but it’s now time to draw down U.S. military involvement in the country.

Police In Montgomery County Give Warning To Residents As Daylight Wanes

Summer is drawing to an end, and that means less daylight. Police in Montgomery County say that could lead to an increase in crime if residents aren't careful.

Maryland DREAM Act Friends And Foes Applaud DHS Decision On Deportations

Both sides of the debate on Maryland’s DREAM Act are applauding last week's decision from the federal Department of Homeland Security regarding deportations.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Environmentalists Differ On Alexandria Coal-Fired Power Plant

Environmentalists in Virginia are divided over what should happen to millions of dollars that have been set aside to clean up a coal-fired power plant on the waterfront in Alexandria.

Commentary By Karim Kai Ani: Students Need Better Math Instructions

The back-to-school season kicks off in the District today. Schools in Maryland and Virginia will soon follow. Commentator Karim Kai Ani says we should pay close attention to the kind of math instruction students receive when they arrive.

Tourists And Residents Gathered For MLK Memorial Preview

Tourists and area resident got their first preview today of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the national mall.

Libyan Ambassador Working In D.C. To Secure Gadhafi's Funds

As rebel forces in Libya consolidate their hold on the capital city, Tripoli, the country's representatives here in the U.S. are responding to the rapidly changing situation.

U.S. Government Watching Libya, Cautious About Interfering Too Much

As lawmakers in the region closely watch the situation in Libya unfold, they're examining ways to increase assistance to the transitional government without coming across as overbearing westerners.

Higher Education Standards Awaits D.C.P.S. Students As They Return To School

Today is the first day of school for traditional and charter public schools in the District. D.C. Public Schools opened its doors today to approximately 45,000 students, almost 4,000 teachers and more than 6,500 staff.

MLK Memorial Preview Brings Crowds Of Tourists And Local Residents

Washingtonians are getting their first close-up look at the new memorial dedicated to Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. today.

Libyan Ambassador To Ask Treasury Department Unfreeze Gadhafi's Assets

It's a busy day in Washington for the Libyan ambassador as rebel forces in Tripoli close in on long-time dictator Moamar Gadhafi.

Maryland's Dinosaur Camp Provides Education Rich In History, Science And Fossils

It may be the first day of school, but some students have been busy learning outside of the classroom this summer. The D.C. region is unusually rich fossil hunting territory, and children at Dinosaur Camp have spent the hot, humid days digging around for cool fossil findings.

D.C. Area Amtrak Riders May Have Been Exposed To Measles

Health officials in Virginia are warning people who took one Amtrak train last week they may have been exposed to measles.

P.G. County Police Seek Information In Toddler Shooting

Prince George's County police have identified a person of interest in the weekend shooting of a toddler.