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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Police Increase DUI Patrols And Checkpoints For St. Patrick's Day

Drivers can expect additional DUI patrols and checkpoints during today's St. Patrick's Day festivities around the region.

Fairfax County Student Told To Read Poem 'Blacker'

School administrators in Fairfax County are looking into accusations that a teacher forced the only African-American student in a classroom to read a poem "blacker."

Friday, March 16, 2012

Wave Of Crimes Against LGBT Community Worries Activists

Three crimes in the past week against members of the LGBT community have activists concerned about a repeat of the the spate of hate crimes that marred the District last year.

New Pedestrian Safety Program Launched In Ocean City

Ocean City is debuting three new highly-visible sidewalk markings to prevent pedestrian accidents, particularly this weekend when the city plays host to a St. Patrick's Day parade.

Lawmakers Continue Prince George's County Slots Discussion

One of the bills Maryland lawmakers are discussing today includes adding a slots casino in Prince George's County.

Bikeshare Opens Two Stations On National Mall

It's going to be easier to get around the National Mall this summer, as the National Park Service helped install two of a planned five National Bikeshare stations near the monuments today.

Bridging The Gap Between Home And School

We look to schools to ensure that students graduate high school, even though kids spend about three-quarters of their time outside of school. For many at-risk students, the extra attention paid to what's going on at home may be what gets them over the hump to graduation.

Track Work Hampers Metro, Cherry Blossoms Or Not

Track work will be affecting all five lines of the Metro this weekend as Metro gets in their last week of repairs before a brief break for the Cherry Blossom Festival.

AUDIO SLIDE SHOW: Riding Along With A DCPS Attendance Counselor

Stephen Liggon is an attendance counselor at Luke C. Moore High School in Northeast D.C. When students reach 10 unexcused absences from school, Stephen hits the street to talk with them -- and their parents -- in person. WAMU 88.5's Kavitha Cardoza went along on one of his trips.

WaPo's McCartney: Investigation Linking Money Orders And D.C. Council Members Continues

A WAMU investigation found suspicious money orders linking Jeffrey Thompson to Council member Vincent Orange and Mayor Vincent Gray.

Clooney Arrested Outside Sudan Embassy

Police arrested George Clooney and several others during a protest outside the Embassy of Sudan Friday.

Rise In E-Readers Doesn't Worry Virginia Bookstore Owners

In a new memoir, a Virginia bookstore owner talks about the important role bookstores play in communities and in people's lives.

CQ Roll Call: Congress Approves Highways, Judges; Gary Ackerman Retires

Congress rallies to pass highways bill and approve judges, but don't expect members to keep on making nice for long. Meanwhile, Gary Ackerman, longtime New York congressman, calls it quits. 

iPad 3 Goes On Sale, Fans Line Up In Georgetown

Apple fanatics lined up outside area Apple stores this morning to get their hands on the newest version of the iPad.

Environmentalists Tout Group Weatherization Before Summer

A group of homeowners in Mount Pleasant are undertaking a group weatherization project just in time for summer.

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