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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Cold Weather Pushes Back Cherry Blossom Peak

The National Park Service has pushed back their prediction for the big cherry blossom bloom by a week, citing the cold weather in March.

Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Passes Maryland Senate

Legislation eliminating jail time and reducing fines for small amounts of marijuana has passed the Maryland Senate and now moves on to the state House, where its expected to meet more resistance.

More Problems With Silver Spring Transit Center

Improperly-poured concrete by contractor Foulger-Pratt has set back the opening of the Silver Spring Transit Center even further back than previously thought.

Water Main Break Leads To Closures, Restrictions In Maryland

A break in a 54-inch water main in Chevy Chase, Md., propelled a geyser more than 30 feet high, shutting down a stretch of Connecticut Avenue.

Washington Post To Start Charging Frequent Web Readers

The newspaper of record in Washington D.C. will soon adopt what is known as a "metered digital subscription model" — hoping to generate revenue from frequent visitors to its website.

Maryland House Committee Tweaks O'Malley's Gas Tax Plan

The effort to add hundreds of millions of dollars to Maryland's transportation budget through a hike in the wholesale price of gas is moving on the floor of the state House.

Former Baltimore Colt Joe Ehrmann To Speak At Summit On Child Sex Abuse

A two-day conference in Washington D.C. called Safe To Compete will focus on how to prevent the sexual abuse of child athletes of the sort brought to light in the Jerry Sandusky trial.

Commuters May Finally Be Able To Catch An S Line Bus

Riders on the S bus line in Northwest D.C. have long complained of lines, crowded conditions and delays. After a groundswell of commuter complaints, Metro says they will add service Monday.

In D.C., Three Minimum Wage Jobs Needed To Afford Two-Bedroom Apartment

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Minimum-wage earners in D.C., Maryland and Virginia need to work three full-time jobs in order fair market rent on a two bedroom apartment, according to a study, amongst the highest in the nation.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Montgomery County Council To Examine School Budget

A recent report focuses even more scrutiny on the money that goes to the public school system, which takes up more than half of the county budget.

Marriott Cutting IT Employees From Bethesda Headquarters

The international hotel chain says it will be contracting with other companies for IT services to create efficiencies for the company.

Analysis: Lawmakers Continue Working On Spending Bill To Fund Government

David Hawkings, columnist at Hawkings Here, talks about the latest in lawmakers' efforts to avert a government shutdown.

Bill Ending Jail Time For Pot Possession Expected To Pass Maryland Senate

A bill before the Maryland Senate today will eliminate jail time and reduce fines for small quantities of marijuana, though its prospects in the state House are less clear.

Prince George's Rushern Baker Seeks More Control Over Public Schools

County Executive Rushern Baker wants to take over the school system's $1.7 billion budget while reducing the power of the Board of Education.

Sterling Homeowner Fatally Shoots Teenaged Intruder

Police say a teenager in Sterling, Va., was fatally shot in the early morning hours Sunday, after mistakenly breaking and entering into the home of a neighbor.