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Friday, March 16, 2012

From A to B: Metro Launches Ambitious Rebuilding Program

Metro is trying to revitalize an aging public transit system with its largest rebuilding program yet.

A Neighborhood Tries To Start Anew

The Parkside-Kenilworth neighborhood is in the midst of an ambitious program designed to forge a better future for the neighborhood's children.

D.C.'s Howard Theatre Gets A New Lease On Life

Developers are pouring millions of dollars into the renovation of a historic D.C. theater that helped launch the careers of Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald.

This Week On Metro Connection: Rebirth & Renewal

We celebrate the arrival of a spring that feels more like summer with a show about "Rebirth and Renewal."

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Cherry Blossom Peak Bloom Moved Up To Next Week

Cherry blossom experts have moved up the expected peak bloom time for the District's signature trees due to the warm weather.

Teen Comes To D.C. To Fight R Rating On 'Bully'

Students in the District were at the premiere of one bullying film this week, although an R rating may keep them from seeing another. One Michigan teenager came to D.C. this week to argue the case for a lower rating for the film with the Motion Picture Association of America.

Gray's Campaign Records Show Links To Suspicious Money Orders

Some of the same donors who contributed suspicious money orders to Council member Vincent Orange also show up in the campaign finance records of D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray.

Commentary: D.C. Students Need International Perspectives

Conversations about education these days often focus on test scores -- in math and reading in particular. But Commentator Eddie Mandhry says students in D.C. need more engagement with international affairs.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

O'Malley Gets Earful Over Gas Sales Tax Plan

The are many concerns regarding Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley's plan to apply the state sales tax to gasoline, and he heard an earful of those worries yesterday when he pitched the plan to lawmakers in Annapolis.

Virginia Congressman Testifies On How To Fix Congress

Few will disagree that Congress in its current state is almost iredeemably dysfunctional, but Virginia Congressman Tom Davis has suggested some ways to break the legislature's bad habits.

Jury Finds Virginia Tech Negligent For '07 Shootings

A jury has found Virginia Tech negligent for delaying a campus warning ahead of the massacre in 2007, during which more than 30 students were killed.

Casino In Prince George's County Under Consideration

A committee in Prince George's County will consider whether the county wants to become home to a high-end casino over the objections of the harness racing industry.

National Journal: Blackberry Domination Ending On The Hill

The domination of smartphones in the mobile market is beginning to penetrate that last bastion of Blackberry loyalty -- Capitol Hill.

Accusations And Counter-Accusations At Alexandria Schools

Alexandria school superintendent Morton Sherman is fighting to keep his job in the wake of a scathing auditor's report, after the vice mayor called for his resignation.

Virginia American Water Proposes General Rate Increase

Virginia American Water is proposing a general rate increase for portions of Northern Virginia and that's got at least one county very upset.

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