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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

D.C. Officials Celebrate Completion Of New Dunbar High School

D.C. officials and alumni from the historic Dunbar High School gathered yesterday to cut the ribbon on a new $122 million building that draws upon the school's long history to help inspire a new generation of students.

Sentencing Phase Ends In Trial Of Bradley Manning

Judge Denise Lind has begun deliberating on a sentence for Army Pfc. Bradley Manning on Tuesday, after a final day of arguments where prosecutors asked for 60 years for his crimes.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Bill Expanding Transparency In Virginia Gets Hearing Tuesday

The leading state regulatory agency in Virginia operates in the dark, exempt from the Virginia Freedom of Information Act.  That may change soon pending review of legislation submitted in the commonwealth.

Jobless Rate Climbs A Tick In D.C., Maryland, Virginia

Losses in the government sector contributed to an overall increase in the jobless rate in the District, Maryland and Virginia.

Local Churches Pray And March For Justice

Local congregations are preparing for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

Virginia Trash Hauler Gets Creative To Increase Recycling

One company in Virginia has tried new, creative techniques to encourage more people to recycle.

Redskins Face Steelers In First Pre-Season Home Game

Kick-off is at 8 p.m. as the Redskins face the Pittsburgh Steelers at FedEx Field.

Many Students Displaced From Closed D.C. Schools Not Returning To System

According to figures from D.C. school officials, only 44 percent of the 2,000 students affected by recent school closures have re-enrolled in the city's traditional public schools.

Prince George's County Schools Welcome Students—And A New Leader

New Prince George's County Public Schools CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell welcomed students back to class today, saying that he plans on remaining available to teachers and parents and pushing to improve student achievement.

Va.'s First Couple To Meet With Prosecutors Looking Into Gifts From Businessman

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen will spend the day in seperate meetings with prosecutors who are looking into gifts the couple received from the CEO of a nutritional supplement company.

Majority Of Virginians Support Plan To Clean Up Chesapeake Bay

Pollsters found that more than 90 percent of respondents to a new poll support the commonwealth

D.C. Legislator Raises Money For Mayoral Run At Nantucket Fundraiser

Jack Evans, who represents Ward 2 on the D.C. Council, took in $40,000 at an early-August fundraiser on the island of Nantucket.

Norton Wants Congress To Increase Minimum Wage

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton says that it's high time that Congress move on a proposal to increase the federal minimum wage, which currently sits at $7.25 an hour.

D.C. Taps Australian Expert To Help Uncover Digital Footprints In Crimes

Digital evidence—everything from emails to text messages—is becoming increasingly important in solving crimes, and D.C. has hired one of the world's foremost experts on digital forensics to bring his crime-busting craft to the city.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Fires In D.C. Ambulances Believed To Be Accidental

Internal reports conclude that engine fires in two D.C. fire department ambulances were caused by malfunctions or poorly done repairs.