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Friday, March 16, 2012

Bridging The Gap Between Home And School

We look to schools to ensure that students graduate high school, even though kids spend about three-quarters of their time outside of school. For many at-risk students, the extra attention paid to what's going on at home may be what gets them over the hump to graduation.

Track Work Hampers Metro, Cherry Blossoms Or Not

Track work will be affecting all five lines of the Metro this weekend as Metro gets in their last week of repairs before a brief break for the Cherry Blossom Festival.

AUDIO SLIDE SHOW: Riding Along With A DCPS Attendance Counselor

Stephen Liggon is an attendance counselor at Luke C. Moore High School in Northeast D.C. When students reach 10 unexcused absences from school, Stephen hits the street to talk with them -- and their parents -- in person. WAMU 88.5's Kavitha Cardoza went along on one of his trips.

WaPo's McCartney: Investigation Linking Money Orders And D.C. Council Members Continues

A WAMU investigation found suspicious money orders linking Jeffrey Thompson to Council member Vincent Orange and Mayor Vincent Gray.

Clooney Arrested Outside Sudan Embassy

Police arrested George Clooney and several others during a protest outside the Embassy of Sudan Friday.

Rise In E-Readers Doesn't Worry Virginia Bookstore Owners

In a new memoir, a Virginia bookstore owner talks about the important role bookstores play in communities and in people's lives.

CQ Roll Call: Congress Approves Highways, Judges; Gary Ackerman Retires

Congress rallies to pass highways bill and approve judges, but don't expect members to keep on making nice for long. Meanwhile, Gary Ackerman, longtime New York congressman, calls it quits. 

iPad 3 Goes On Sale, Fans Line Up In Georgetown

Apple fanatics lined up outside area Apple stores this morning to get their hands on the newest version of the iPad.

Environmentalists Tout Group Weatherization Before Summer

A group of homeowners in Mount Pleasant are undertaking a group weatherization project just in time for summer.

After Audit, Alexandria School Board Stands Behind Superintendent

The Alexandria School Board is standing behind the city's superintendent of schools, despite a scathing audit citing school mismanagement released this week.

The Real March Madness: People Remember The Wins, Forget Losses

Is your alma mater already eliminated from the NCAA Basketball Tournament? Never fear, experts in human psychology say you remember far less from the defeats than you do the victories.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Petition Calls On McDonnell To Veto Voter ID Bill

Opponents of the Virginia bill that would require voters to present identification at the polls have collected more than 6,000 signatures calling on Gov. Bob McDonnell to veto the bill, saying its intention is to disenfranchise certain voters.

Budget Picture Rosier In Montgomery County, At Least For Now

Montgomery County executive Isiah Leggett released an ambitious budget for the next year that includes dozens of new positions and bonuses for county workers without raising taxes -- but things could change if Maryland foists teacher pension costs on counties.

Embattled Alexandria Superintendent To Face School Board

A recent auditor's report about dysfunction on the books of Alexandria's school system has put school Superintendent Morton Sherman on notice -- tonight the school board will meet to decide his fate.

Judge Orders Release Of D.C. Police Policies

The D.C. Police Department took pains to conceal documents outlining policies for emergency response, but a judge has ordered their release.

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