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Friday, February 1, 2013

Maryland Senators Sign Letter Opposing Seismic Testing In Atlantic

Maryland's senators joined a group of lawmakers voicing opposition to seismic testing for oil and gas deposits in the Atlantic Ocean.

D.C., Maryland Schools Fall Behind In 'Race To The Top'

D.C. and Maryland are lagging behind many of the other states selected to participate in the federal government's "Race to the Top" grant program. 

Ravens Fever Builds In Baltimore

Ardent Baltimore Ravens fans are gearing up for Sunday's big game, and are preparing to let go of their most beloved player.

Howard Students Broach Tough Topics With 'Birthday Suit' Project

Next week, Howard University students will gather for "Birthday Suit," an annual event designed to hit on tough topics.

D.C. Family Launches Experiment In Tech-Free Living

We meet a D.C. woman who's got her sons on a tech-free diet — and says it's bringing everyone closer together.

Door To Door: NOMA, D.C. and Arlandria, Va.

This week we visit Arlandria, Va. and D.C.'s NOMA neighborhood.

Debating The Pros And Cons Of 'Fracking'

Hydraulic fracturing — also known as fracking — is a source of heated debate all over the nation, including in Maryland and Virginia this legislative season.

Spingarn High Students, Alums Brace For School's Closure

We'll talk with students past and present at D.C.'s Spingarn High School about how they'll say goodbye to the school when it closes at the end of this academic year.

On The Coast: Kicking A Heroin Habit, And Helping Others Do the Same

As officials try to get a handle on a recent uptick in heroin use on Maryland's Eastern Shore, we hear from a local man who used the drug for years, and finally beat his addiction.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Tweaks Made To Smoking Ban In Montgomery County

Lawmakers in Montgomery County have tweaked the proposed smoking ban on county-owned properties, removing golf courses and adding bus shelters and bus stops.

D.C. Tax Refunds Subject To Garnishment For Fines

Don't pay your parking tickets in D.C.? The District will soon begin to take fines owed for speeding, parking or red light violations straight out of peoples' tax refunds.

Huntington Residents Spared Flooding, Calls For Floodwall No Less Urgent

The low-lying Huntington neighborhood was spared the effects of flooding that have afflicted Maryland since Wednesday night, which has residents calling all the more urgently for the floodwall that was approved.

Activists Take Issue With Proposed Virginia Hybrid Tax

Activists took to the capitol building in Richmond on Thursday to protest part of the governor's transportation plan that would levy a tax on hybrid cars.

Son Of Rep. Jim Moran Won't Be Charged For Voter Fraud

The son of Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.), captured in a hidden-camera video in October speaking to someone about voter fraud, will not be charged after an investigation by police.

Anne Arundel Man Drowns, As Laurel Officials Eye Flood Waters

One person drowned during flooding, as officials in Laurel, Md., are evacuating several hundred people in response to Wednesday night's storm , which overwhelmed area waterways.