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Monday, February 20, 2012

Woman Dies In Takoma Park Fire

A Takoma Park woman died in a fire in her apartment building last night, despite efforts by her grandaughter to save her from the deadly blaze.

Crime Continues To Rise In The District

D.C. police are trying to get a handle on a spike in street crime that began late last year, but despite their efforts, the incidents are still continuing.

Same-Sex Marriage Heads To The Maryland Senate

The Maryland House approved a same-sex marriage bill last week but the measure still needs to pass muster in the Senate, and eventually with Maryland voters on the November ballot.

Jury In Huguely Trial To Begin Deliberations Wednesday

Jury deliberations in the George Huguely trial are scheduled to begin Wednesday in Charlottesville, Va. 

Questions Surround MPD's High Homicide Closure Rate

The Metropolitan Police Department touts a 94 percent homicide case closure rate for 2011; but all those cases solved in 2011 weren't necessarily for crimes committed in that same year.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Businesses Waiting On Lawmakers To Extend Tax Breaks

Businesses in the region are hoping lawmakers in Congress can come together and extend a series of tax breaks they rely on.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Feb. 20

Presidential harmony, monumental drawings, and The Language Archive.

Commentary: Maryland's Energy Consumption

How much can a small state like Maryland do to make a difference in climate change? Commentator Mike Tidwell says state lawmakers need to take action on legislation that minimizes the environmental impact of energy consumption.

More Work And Support Needed On Transportation Bill

Despite passing the House, Republicans are having a hard time selling a bill that would open up Virginia's coast to offshore drilling in order to fund transportation.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Northern Virginia Schools In Search Of Space For Record Enrollment

School districts across Northern Virginia are bursting at the seams with record enrollment, and as the number of students continues to rise each year, academic leaders are trying new ways to accommodate the crush.

Maryland Waterways To Get $7.5 Million For Oyster Restoration

Two Eastern Shore waterways will get $7.5 million for oyster restoration under Maryland's proposed state budget.

UVA Digitizes Civil Rights History

The University of Virginia is making an oral history of the civil rights movement available online.

Virginia Senate Supports Private School Funding For Low-Income Students

The Virginia Senate voted to allow businesses to receive tax credits for donating to organizations that provide education-improvement scholarships to low-income students.

Maryland House Votes To Legalize Gay Marriage

Prospects for same-sex marriage in Maryland just got brighter Friday as the Maryland House passed a bill to legalize it.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Virginia's Mercury Paper Rebuffs Environmentalist Claims

Following allegations that their paper products contain materials from precious Indonesian rainforests, Virginia's Mercury Paper and their suppliers are fighting back with a PR campaign aimed at telling their side.

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