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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Area Senators Help Kill Contraception Amendment

An amendment that would have allowed employers to to decide whether or not to cover contraceptives based on their religious beliefs was killed in the Senate today, with the help of area lawmakers.

D.C. Committee Approves Food Truck Tax

The growing food truck scene in the District has filled the stomach of many hungry residents. A bill that made it through committeewould slap the small businesses with a 10 percent sales tax that they would likely have to pass along to customers.

Maryland Same-Sex Marriage Bill Signed Into Law

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley signed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in the state on Thursday, making Maryland the eighth state, including D.C., to do so.

Alleged East Coast Rapist Will Stand Trial

The man known as the 'East Coast Rapist,' who stands accused of raping two Dale City, Va. girls in 2009, has been ruled competent to stand trial on Thursday.

Virginia's 'Tebow Bill' Dies In Committee

A bill that would have allowed home-schooled students to participate on sports teams at public schools has died, after a committee voted it down 8-7 Thursday.

Kaiser Permanente Expands Operations In D.C. Region

The non-profit health provider Kaiser Permanente is expanding their operations in the D.C. region -- building four new medical centers and expanding two others.

Cherry Blossoms Will Arrive Early This Year

The cherry blossoms are scheduled to arrive earlier this year after a light winter -- meaning the peak bloom will coincide with the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Monday, March 5, 2012

In Experimental School, Tight-Knit Community Helps Students Succeed

High school graduation rates are notoriously poor in areas of high poverty. But the Baltimore Talent Development High School has had remarkable results getting students to graduation using a specialized curriculum, and providing each student with an adult who truly cares about their success.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Door To Door: Petworth, D.C.

This week, we go back in time to visit the Petworth of decades past.

Immigrants Cope With The Stress Of Long Hours, Low Pay

Two men from El Salvador who work as office cleaners in downtown D.C. share the challenges they face as immigrants working in a low-wage job.

Veterans Write To Cope With Battlefield Memories

A group of local veterans are offering writing classes to help other vets work through their memories of war.

Stress On Local Roads And Bridges

Every day, our local roads and bridges take a pounding -- and engineers are using increasingly high-tech methods to determine how much stress we're putting on our infrastructure.

American Graduate: Students Who Succeed Against The Odds

In the latest in our American Graduate series, we meet students who are defying their challenging circumstances to graduate from high school.

Parents Brace For Change In The Lives Of Their Disabled Children

Virginia is preparing to close most of its institutions serving disabled residents, which is prompting cheers from some residents and major worries for others.

We learned about the subject of this story through WAMU's Public Insight Network. Learn more about the Public Insight Network.

The Stress Of Life On The Streets

Through a D.C. housing program, hundreds of residents have left a life of park benches and emergency shelters for homes they can call their own.