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Monday, September 29, 2014

Common Core Drives Many Maryland Parents To Home School, Private School

It's the second year of implementation for Common Core in Maryland, and consequently, many parents in areas like the Eastern Shore are fleeing public schools.

New Maryland Laws Kick In Wednesday, Including Marijuana Decriminalization

Many of the laws passed by Maryland lawmakers this legislative session — including the marijuana decriminalization law — take effect this Wednesday.

Plan To Place School In Arlington's TJ Park Draws Neighborhood Ire

A new proposal before Arlington school officials would replace portions of the Thomas Jefferson Park near Arlington Boulevard and Glebe Road with an elementary school for the county's burgeoning youth population.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Jesse Matthew Extradited To Charlottesville

The man police say was the last to see University of Virginia student Hannah Graham before she disappeared earlier this month has been extradited to Virginia after being arrested in Galveston, Texas.

Owners Target Two-Year Timeline To Rebuild Frager's Hardware

The historic Frager's Hardware store was destroyed last year in a four-alarm fire, and now the owners say they are hoping to have the location back on its feet inside of two years.

License Plate Scanners Subject To Scrutiny In Virginia

Technology that can track residents' whereabouts, even if they are not suspected of a crime, is not specifically barred by the Virginia constitution, but lawmakers are exploring whether that might be a good idea.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

For Banned Books Week, Flashband Cranks The Volume On Silenced Music

D.C. Public Library has teamed up with temporary music project Flashband to recognize censored or banned music.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Poll: Most Virginia Voters Approve Of Strikes In Iraq And Syria

A new statewide survey from the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University shows 63 percent of voters approve of the strikes against the Islamic State.

Gannett Sues Ocean City For Withholding Information About Drowning Victim

The city’s police department denied a reporter’s request for more information, citing the victim's family's wishes and because the boy was a minor.

Metro's Dream Of All Eight-Car Trains May Be Derailed By Funding Challenges

Outgoing Metro general manager Richard Sarles has promised to run all eight-car trains during rush hour, but getting the money to pay for the additional railcars will be a challenge.

D.C. Says It Now Knows Why 40 Percent Of Students Don't Graduate

Forty percent of ninth graders in D.C. public schools don't graduate on time, and now city officials say they have identified some of the characteristics and challenges faced by those students.

Low-Income Seniors Struggle to Stay in the City They Call Home

It's a tough time to be a renter in Washington, D.C. — and elderly residents on fixed incomes are no exception.

Why Did African Americans Leave Georgetown?

For much of its history, Georgetown was home to a thriving community of African Americans. But most of those residents left as housing costs skyrocketed.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

While Suspect Returns To Virginia, Search For Hannah Graham Continues

Jesse Matthew, the man accused of abducting missing UVA student Hannah Graham, appeared in a Texas courtroom Thursday and agreed to return to Virginia without a fight. Meanwhile, the search for the missing 18-year-old continues.

McAuliffe Forms Ethics Commission In Effort To Clean Up Virginia's Image

The Commonwealth's ethics laws need teeth, Gov. McAuliffe says, and that's plainer than ever in the aftermath of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's conviction on corruption charges.

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