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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Catholic Priest Abuse Study Angers D.C. Area Abuse Victims

Victims of Catholic clergy sex abuse in the Washington metro area are blasting a recent study of clergy sexual abuse in America that concludes, in part, that the permissiveness of the 1960's and '70's contributed to the crisis.

Va. Nonprofits Still Waiting On Impacts Of Cuccinelli Funding Opinion

Nonprofits in Virginia are waiting anxiously to see if their organizations will appear on a list of those banned from receiving donations from the state, after Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli issued an opinion earlier this year opposing the practice.

D.C. Council Chair: 'I'll Do Everything I Can' To Restore Homeless Shelter Cuts

Advocates in D.C. say Mayor Vincent Gray's proposed $20 million cut in funding for homeless services would effectively shut down the city's shelters unless it's freezing outside, but an aggressive campaign to reverse thismove may be paying off.

Commentary By Rabbi Jessica Oleon: I'm Ready To Invest In A Great City

As the D.C. Council prepares to vote on the city's budget, Northwest resident Rabbi Jessica Oleon urges the council to balance the budget with an unusual message: "Raise my taxes." Oleon is associate rabbi of Temple Sinai in Northwest D.C. and a board member of Jews United for Justice.

Md. Governor To Sign Waste-To-Energy Bill

Maryland governor Martin O'Malley says he plans to sign a bill increasing incentives for incinerators that transform trash into energy.

Alexandria: A Distinct Player In The Civil War

May 24 marks the 150th anniversary of federal troops marching in to Alexandria, Va., and occupying the city. This weekend the city is presenting a free, "living history" program, offering visitors a glimpse of the important geographic, political and social roles the city played in the Civil War. Rebecca Sheir recently spoke with Lance Mallamo, director of the Office of Historic Alexandria. Mallamo says May 24, 1861 marked a real turning point for Alexandria.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Wanderer art, women in jazz and Dramathon.

Prince George's Stands Behind Purple Line, Despite Cost

The estimated cost of Maryland's Purple Line light rail project is going up again, and local support remains strong.

Principals Wait For Results Of First-Ever Evaluations

Teacher evaluations have been the focus of attention during the past few years in D.C. Public Schools, but now, it's principal evaluations that are getting an overhaul. The results of the first round of those evaluations are due in the coming weeks.

Montgomery County Council Passes Budget Full Of School Cuts

In Maryland, council members in Montgomery County approved a new budget that includes major cuts to employee benefits and school spending. But one top school official believes the budget is full of false promises.

The Preakness Showcases Maryland's Roots

On Saturday, around 100,000 people will pack the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore for the Preakness Stakes, the second race in horse racing's Triple Crown. The Preakness showcases all things Maryland, including the state's horse racing industry. But it's been a long time since a Maryland horse won the race.

18 Arrested For Trafficking African Drug 'Khat'

Ten people from Northern Virginia have been arrested in connection with an international drug trafficking ring.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

New D.C. Transportation Chief Selected By Mayor Gray

A new director will be leading D.C.'s Department of Transportation moving forward. Mayor Vincent Gray chose to promote from within by nominating Terry Bellamy, who's currently serving as an interim director.

D.C. Area Faces Heavy Rains, Possible Flooding

Heavy rains in the forecast and rising water level in the Potomac River have prompted flash flood warnings for the District and near Virginia suburbs.

Dulles Metro Project Faces More Loudoun County Resistance

In Virginia, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors is continuing its opposition of a plan to build an underground Metrorail station at Dulles Airport.

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