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Friday, September 7, 2012

Maryland Teen Sentenced To 60 Years For Murder

A Maryland teenager has been sentenced to 60 years for the murder of his 92-year-old neighbor.

Union Market Brings Resurgence To Old Neighborhood

The much-anticipated Union Market reopens Saturday morning in Northeast's up-and-coming wholesale district in the Florida Avenue corridor.

Virginia To Evaluate Impact Of Grant Blocks

The Virginia legislature is listening to people who receive financial government assistance to find out what really works.

Metro Track Work Ramps Up On Red Line

This weekend's Metro track work will affect seven Metro stations on the Red Line.

Ocean City May Reconsider Skateboarding Ban

An effort to lift Ocean City's 30-year-old skateboarding ban is underway... all because of a t-shirt.

D.C. Gets Gold Rating For Walkability

The District now has the distinction of being one of the most walkable cities in the United States.

DeMatha Football Players Accused Of Hiring Sex Workers After Away Game

Five DeMatha high school football players are reportedly facing accusations that they hired prostitutes while away on an out-of-town trip for a football game. 

Study: D.C. Area Ranks Fourth In Ethnic Diversity

The Washington, D.C. region is at the forefront of ethnic diversity, according to a report from Penn State University.

View From The Convention: Kojo Nnamdi's Impressions From The DNC

Kojo Nnamdi joins WAMU 88.5's Morning Edition host, Matt McCleskey, to discuss the Democratic National Convention's finals speeches and events.

Virginia Looks To Crack Down On Cigarette Smugglers

Virginia's crime commission is looking to crack down on smuggling operations that take advantage of the commonwealth's relatively low tax on cigarettes.

Portion Of Woodmont Ave. Closed For Construction

Drivers in Bethesda got a brief reprieve when the planned closure of a busy roadway was pushed back a few days, but that ends Friday evening.

Residents Weigh In On Dulles Toll Road Increases

Northern Virginia residents are weighing in on proposed toll increases to pay for the Dulles rail project, and some of them are hoping the airports authority can find another way to fund some of the $5.5 billion project. 

After DNC, Virginia Delegates Will Bring Obama's Charge Home

Virginia delegates to the Democratic National Convention are leaving the gathering fired up and ready to criscross the state on behalf of President Obama for the next two months. 

DNC 2012 Roundup: Obama: 'I'm Hopeful Because Of You'

President Obama provided a the grand finale for the Democratic National Convention Thursday, asking the delegates to help him win four more years in office. 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Scoring Tweaked For DCPS Teacher Evaluations

The IMPACT evaluation tool was designed to evolve with time, and the DCPS are making changes which put less stock in student standardized test scores and now include teacher-selected goals.

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