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Monday, January 30, 2012

D.C. Residents Protest Pepco Rate Hike Request

Pepco plans to raise rates on D.C. residents, which has sparked protests from customers who don't feel the hikes are fair after all the taxpayer funding the energy company has gotten.

Audit Shows $240M Budget Surplus In D.C.

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After several years of financial difficulty, D.C. is back in the black after posting a large budget surplus to the tune of $240 million.

How Many Students Really Graduate From High School?

Calculating graduation and dropout rates for high schools is complicated, and until now there has been no consensus on how to do so. Under new federal guidelines, schools in all states must use the same method -- and the shift is bringing out statistics that, in some cases, present the first real comparison of the dropout crisis nationwide. 

CQ Roll Call: Extending Payroll Tax Holiday, Congressional Reaction To BRAC

Despite agreeing on the necessity of extending the payroll tax holiday beyond February, Democrats and Republicans haven't yet agreed how to pay for it.

VIDEO: Talking With District Residents About The Dropout Rate

Here's what a sampling of D.C. residents had to say about the city's dropout crisis. Many of them thought they knew the scope of the problem, and several were shocked to hear that the graduation rate is actually far lower than they expected -- and than D.C. has reported in the past.

Who Killed Lenny Harris?

Police have identified a body found in a Fort Washington well as Lenny Harris, the 53-year-old Alexandria civic activist who went missing in September.

Occupy DC Defies Deadline For Removal Of Camp

Occupy DC protesters in McPherson Square say they are prepared to defy a National Park Service eviction today, while those at Freedom Plaza appear to be packing up.

Trapping Trash Before It Gets To The Anacostia

Money from D.C.'s bag tax is being put to good use; the District has deployed several giant skimmers to help collect trash in the area's waterways. 

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Update On Silver Spring Transit Center Opening

Later this morning, Montgomery County council members will get an update on the opening of the Silver Spring Transit Center, which is now slated for summer 2012.

'Art Beat' With Tara Boyle, Jan. 30

French Impressionists, English Gamblers and a Real Boy

Virginia Legislators Consider Children Crisis Centers

Virginia lawmakers are working to fund crisis centers for children who have become a danger to themselves or others.

Car Crash Kills Two In Northeast

Two people were killed and three others were injured after a minivan collided with a police cruiser early Sunday.

Ocean City Considers Horseback Riding On Beaches

Ocean City officials are considering allowing horseback riding on its beaches in an effort to increase tourism during the off-season.

University Park Becomes Energy Efficient

A small Maryland community is taking large strides to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Former ANC Chairman Pleads Guilty To Fraud

A former ANC chairman has pleaded guilty to misappropriating more than $28,000 in government funds.

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