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Friday, August 19, 2011

UVA Researcher Looks At Banks' Effects On Neighborhoods

It might seem obvious that banks are attracted to wealthy areas, but it turns out, they may also help make communities safer and more prosperous. To learn more about that relationship, a researcher at the University of Virginia has been studying what happens when banks leave poor areas, and why credit unions and banks can pay big neighborhood dividends.

Elephant At National Zoo Can Solve Problems

Over in the Zoo's elephant house, Kandula is busy bowing and curtsying to a trainer's commands.

Youth Voices: Rohjanae Mathis

No matter whether it's feathered, permed or stick-straight, hair is an important element when it comes to style. But for commentator Rohjanae Mathis, her new "do" means so much more. Rohjanae talks about how she learned to embrace her natural beauty, and in turn gain a new found freedom.

Montgomery Co. Firefighters To Climb 110 Floors To Honor 9/11 First Responders

As part of a commemoration of the 9/11 terrorist attacks tomorrow, firefighters in Montgomery County will climb 110 stories -- the height of the twin towers.

Two Virginia Editorial Cartoonists' Thoughts On The Industry

Maybe it's the first page you turn to when you open a newspaper, or the first link you click on as you check the paper online. Editorial cartoons get people talking, but fewer and fewer newspapers are employing cartoonists full time, as dwindling circulations lead to layoffs.

Virginia's In-Person Absentee Primary Voting Deadline Is Tomorrow

The deadline is approaching for voters in Virginia who want to cast in-person absentee ballots for Tuesday's primary elections.

WaPo's McCartney: Cuccinelli's Possible Senate Run, Cantor's Endorsements For 2012, Montgomery County's Teen Curfew Proposal Reignites After 7-Eleven Flash Mob

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney offers an analysis on some of this week's about top stories including Ken Cuccinelli's possible Senate seat run, Eric Cantor's endorsement from George Allen, and the fate of Montgomery County’s proposed teen curfew.

Major Weekend Track Work, Expect Weekend Delays

Weekend Metro riders should expect delays yet again this weekend, as track work continues on the Red, Blue and Orange Lines.

Georgetown Basketball Players Brawl With Chinese Team

Georgetown's men's basketball team is regrouping after a "friendship" game against a Chinese professional squad in Beijing devolved into a violent fracas.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Virginia Man Faces Execution For Elderly Woman’s Death In 2001

Virginia is scheduled to execute a man from Williamsburg tonight, using a new drug mix that's been contested in other states.

Religious Group Joins Fray Opposing Va. Uranium Mining

A religious group is joining the fight to maintain a ban on uranium mining in Virginia.

Maryland Ranks First In Providing Child Dental Care

Four years ago, 12-year-old Diamonte Driver from Prince George's County died from a brain infection created by an abscessed tooth because his mother was unable to get him adequate dental care. This death spurred Maryland to address this inadequacy, and now, things in the state are vastly different.

Comment Period Extended On Va. Gay Adoption Regs

Virginia's Board of Social Services has decided to allow more time for comments on whether gay couples should be accepted as adoptive or foster parents.

After Charter Schools Close, Parents Race To Find New Placements

Nearly 750 D.C. students were left looking for new schools after three charter schools closed and two eliminated their high school programs.

Charter school advocates defend the closures and say test scores at charters are still higher than they are in traditional D.C. public schools, in part because of their tough-love approach. But parents say in the short term, these school closure decisions leave their families hanging.

AAA Faces Uphill Battle For College Park Speed Camera's Removal

AAA Mid-Atlantic is calling for another speed camera to be removed in the region, this time in College Park. But the motorist advocacy group hasn't won many of these types of battles.

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