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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

New D.C. Jobs Program Faces Challenges

Mayor Vincent Gray

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's proposed job placement program already has some supporters, but business leaders insist that it may not be enough to spur job growth.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

New Anti-Gang Measures In Suburban Md.

State officials are teaming up with the United Way on a campaign to educate youth in suburban Maryland about gang violence.

Census: D.C. Has Third-Highest Poverty Rate

homeless man

The number of Americans in poverty rose to 46 million in 2010, according to new figures from the Census Bureau released Tuesday.

Piece Of WTC Graces Hagerstown, Md. Memorial

A piece of the World Trade Center is becoming the centerpiece of a 9/11 memorial in Hagerstown, Md. Tuesday night.

Rockville Boy Seriously Injured In House Fire

Montgomery County Fire Fighters

A 10-year-old boy was critically injured Monday morning after faulty wiring for an electric dryer ignited a blaze in his Rockville home.

Mark Center Traffic: Tame So Far

Mark Center in Alexandria

The lengthy traffic jams expected along the Interstate-395 corridor once the Department of Defense Mark Center building opened in Alexandria haven't materialized since employees started moving in earlier this month.

D.C. Corrections Officer Accused Of Death Threat

D.C. Department of Corrections Central Detention Facility

The Metropolitan Police Department and the Department of Corrections are investigating a corrections officer after a transgender inmate at the city's central facility says the officer threatened to kill her.

Congress Holds Final 9/11 Ceremony

Congress Sings "God Bless America"

In a rare show of unity, members of both chambers of Congress stood on the steps of the Capitol building to sing "God Bless America" in honor of the heroes of Flight 93 Monday evening.

More DCPS Teachers Accepting Bonuses


As many as 70 percent of "highly effective" DCPS teachers accepted bonuses this year, up 10 percent from last year.

After Irene, Mixed Reviews For Pepco

pepco reliability contractor

Montgomery County leaders are still in disagreement over whether Pepco did a good job getting the electricity back on after Hurricane Irene.

Va. Oceanographer Studies Arctic Sea Ice

arctic ice

An oceanographer from Virginia is studying a kind of bacteria that may be accelerating the rapid melting of sea ice in the Arctic.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Virginia Weighing Merits of ESL Programs

Virginia's legislature is weighing the merits of enhanced English as a Second Language programs.

Man Arrested In SE Transgender Shooting

A makeshift shrine erected to two transgender women

D.C. police have charged a 20-year-old man in conjunction with the Sept. 12 attack against a transgender woman.

Flood-Damaged Bridges In Va. Remain Closed

flood damaged bridge

Bridges damaged in the flooding from Tropical Storm Lee remain closed, and will likely cost millions to repair.

Voting In Baltimore Primaries Today

Baltimore residents take to the polls today to vote in the city's political primaries. The Democratic primary for the mayor's seat is the de facto winner of the general election in the majority-Democrat city, and sitting mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake currently has a lead in the polls.