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Monday, August 19, 2013

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.

Ocean City Mascot To Teach Kids Pedestrian Safety

The Maryland State Highway Administration is using a crab mascot to help teach safety in school programs across the state.

Virginia Agriculture Industry Extending To China

An agricultural deal could open up new business opportunities throughout Asia.

Students Participate In Virginia Language Academy

Over a hundred students took part in the annual Language Academy at Washington and Lee University — hearing and speaking only French, Spanish or German.

Smithsonian To Receive Irving Penn Collection

A collection of work by a famous 20th-century photographer is coming to D.C.

O'Malley Names Members Of Transportation Task Force

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has asked 11 people to help develop new ways to fund local and regional transportation projects.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Man In Custody After High-Speed Chase In D.C. Area

A man is in custody after leading police on an hour-long, high-speed chase that began in Baltimore and ended in D.C.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Smithsonian Being Sued For Restricting Access To Flight Simulator

A wheelchair-bound visitor to Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum is suing after attendant's refused to let him in a flight simulator.

Over 4,000 Taxicabs Request 30-Day Extension On Credit Card Mandate

Some D.C. taxicabs will take credit cards at the end of August, but the majority won't take plastic until a month later.