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Friday, August 30, 2013

School Testing Debate Filters Down To D.C.'s Youngest—Preschoolers

D.C.'s charter schools are moving towards more consistent assessments of how well their early education programs are doing, but some critics worry that the move means high-stakes testing of 3- and 4-year-olds.

Analysis: Virginia Lawmaker Says Congressional Approval Required To Strike Syria

David Hawkings talks about how Obama is viewing the situation in Syria.

Capital Bikeshare Bike Ends Up On Seattle Street, Prompting Questions

What the heck is a Capital Bikeshare bike doing in the other Washington? It might have been a loaner.

Virginia Republican Wants Obama To Seek Congressional Approval For Syria Attack

One Republican lawmakers from Virginia is spearheading the effort to get President Obama to ask Congress for permission to attack Syria.

Distracted Driving Was Cause Of Accident That Sent Car Over Bay Bridge Barrier

Maryland Transportation Authority Police say distracted driving caused a crash on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge that sent a car falling 27 feet into the water.

Only Days Before School Starts, Alexandria Schools Superintendent Abruptly Resigns

The Alexandria School Board abruptly accepted the resignation of Superintendent Morton Sherman after a closed-door executive session on Thursday night.

D.C.'s Attempt To Lure Filmmakers To City Gets Two Thumbs Down

A D.C. program to encourage filmmakers and TV show producers to film in the city is a bust, losing 77 cents for every dollar offered as an incentive.

Derailment On Red Line Shuts Down Service Between Ft. Totten And Gallaudet

Metro's Red Line will not run between the Ft. Totten and NoMa/Gallaudet stations on Friday morning due to an overnight equipment derailment.

Bookend: Novelist A.X. Ahmad On Learning The Craft Of Writing

In our monthly look at D.C.'s literary scene, we hear from A.X. Ahmad, author of the new thriller, The Caretaker.

Anacostia River Program Teaches More Than Just Fishing

A new pilot program is teaching local kids how to fish on the Anacostia River, while helping them learn more about the environment.

Washingtonians Reflect On March For Jobs And Freedom, 50 Years Later

As D.C. looks back on the 1963 March on Washington, two local residents who took part in this historic event share their memories of that day.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Heroin Overdose Deaths Increase In Maryland

Heroin abuse is a "public health crisis" in Maryland, according to the state's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

D.C. Police Add Sharp-Nosed Four-Legged Member To Ranks

The D.C. Police Department has a new recruit, and he's got a nose for the job.

Alexandria Superintendent Expected To Step Down

Morton Sherman is expected to submit his resignation to the School Board with two years left on his contract.

Virginia Candidates Spar On Energy Policy

Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Ken Cuccinelli debated on the topic of energy at an event sponsored by the Consumer Energy Alliance.