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Thursday, May 23, 2013

D.C. Fires 100 Teachers At Two Schools In Bid To Improve Performance

The teachers at Cardozo High School and Patterson Elementary School were fired as part of a process undertaken by school officials to improve test scores at the two schools.

Virginia Gubernatorial Contenders Debate How Many Debates To Have

Five debates? How about 15? Republican contender Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe are going back and forth over how many times during the Virginia gubernatorial races they should, well, go back and forth with each other on the issues.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Capital Bikeshare Encourages New Trips, Saves Users Money On Travel

Users of the region's popular bike-sharing system say they're making trips they otherwise wouldn't, have changed the way they get around town and are feeling healthier as a result.

House Bill Would Allow Amtrak Riders To Bring Pets On Train

Fido or Mr. Miffles could join you on an Amtrak train if two congressmen get their way.

House Approves Move Of Frederick Douglass Statue To U.S. Capitol

The statue of the famed abolitionist, who spent his last years in Anacostia, would be D.C.'s first in the U.S. Capitol.

Large Sinkhole On 14th Street NW Could Snarl Traffic For Days

A huge sinkhole has forced D.C. to shut down a stretch of 14th Street NW between Pennsylvania and New York Avenues, leaving motorists in this congested part of the city to find alternate routes.

Prince William County Slows Plans For 'Outer Beltway'

The county's board of supervisors voted to defer a final decision on the controversial north-south roadway, which state officials say is needed to handle future traffic but opponents argue is unnecessary.

Area School Districts Brace For Cuts In Federal Funding

School systems in D.C., Virginia and Maryland will see budget cuts of between $2 million and $6 million for the upcoming year, money that they will have to find elsewhere in their budgets.

Lieutenant Governor Candidate Steals Spotlight In Virginia Politics

In Virginia, voters are starting to learn more about the controversial Republican candidate for lieutenant governor.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Maryland Legislator Wants To Close Gun Law Loophole

Two computers in Maryland are responsible for making sure that violent convicts surrender their guns, but there's a problem—the computers can't talk to each other.

D.C. Leads Nation In Student Debt—But Pays It Back Quickly

D.C. residents might carry more student debt than anyone else, but their delinquency rates are lower than anywhere else in the country.

House To Vote On Moving Frederick Douglass Statue To U.S. Capitol

The measure would allow a D.C. statue of the abolitionist to move from a D.C. government building to the U.S. Capitol's Emancipation Hall in June.

Activists Demand Living Wage For Federally Contracted Workers

Protesters are descending upon federal building throughout the day, demanding that low-wage contracted workers receive higher pay.

George Washington University Adds Monument Images To Basketball Court

The court in the Charles E. Smith Center will feature images of the White House, U.S. Capitol and Washington Monument.