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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

D.C. Students Take To Youtube To Talk Teen Pregnancy

The DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy is teaching a group of teen girls to be peer educators and giving them a chance to star in their own short films at the same time.

Construction Workers Demand Rights

Elected officials and a coalition of advocates from around the region are joining local construction workers to demand action against a company accused of ignoring the rights of workers.

ACLU Says PW Co. Schools Block LGBT Websites

The American Civil Liberties Union says the public school district in Prince William County, Virginia is violating the rights of students and employees by blocking access to certain websites through school computers.

Alcohol Tax Hike Yes, Gas Tax Hike No In Maryland

The Maryland General Assembly approved one tax hike, but shut down attempts to raise another.

Capital Bikeshare Delays Intalling New Arlington Stations

Capital Bikeshare has delayed the installation of four new stations in Rosslyn and Courthouse in Arlington, Va.

Gray Says Plans For More Action Are Underway

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray says more actions are being planned to bring attention to the city's lack of autonomy.

Meet The Candidates In The At-Large Council Race

On April 26, District voters will head back to the polls to elect an at-large D.C. Council member for the seat vacated by Council member Kwame Brown, who is now council chair. Sekou Biddle is currently holding the seat in the interim.

We got video of some of the candidates when they came in to talk platforms, politics and other District issues with WAMU's Kojo Nnamdi recently. The rest of the candidates seeking the seat will have their turns in Nnamdi's studio Friday.

Police Search For Shooting Suspect In Virginia

Police in Fairfax County, Va., are now looking for a suspect who reportedly shot two people -- one fatally -- in a barber shop in the Belle View Shopping Center Wednesday afternoon.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

The Go! Team at 9:30, Fragments at the Kennedy Center, and the art and science of multitasking.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Virginia Welcomes Ballplayer Pete Hill To His Proper Home

History is riddled with mistakes. One of those mistakes concerns the birthplace of a little-known player in the Baseball Hall of Fame. A new historical marker in rural north central Virginia sets the record straight.

Alcohol Tax, Immigrant In-State Tuition Bills Pass Md. Legislature

In the final few hours of the 2011 session, the Maryland State Senate approved a slew of bills, including one that will allow illegal aliens to receive in-state tuition at state colleges.

Wisconsin Ave Reopens After Closure

D.C. police have reopened the southbound lanes of Wisconsin Avenue NW, after the road was shut for almost two hours Tuesday morning.

Metro Hikes Not Keeping People From Riding During Peak Hours

Riders may not like paying an extra 20 cents to take Metrorail during peak hours, but Metro says last year's price bump is not stopping people from riding during the height of rush hours.

Gas Prices Squeeze Consumers

This week the price of a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline hit an average of $3.77. Many analysts say it won't be long until we reach the $4 mark, and some have even predicted $5 gas by late summer.

Mayor Gray, Protesters Released After Arrests on Capitol Hill

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and 40 others have been released after they were arrested Monday on Capitol Hill after they sat down in the middle of Constitution Avenue to protest the budget riders or policy announcements included in the federal budget deal that lawmakers struck to avert a government shutdown.

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