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Friday, March 23, 2012

Betting Big On D.C.'s Next Big Snack Craze

Could popcorn be the new cupcake in D.C.? These local entrepreneurs are putting all their kernels in one basket and saying yes.

Washingtonians In Startup-Land: In The Trenches At The Fort

Washington, D.C. isn't known as a mecca for tech startups, but if the folks at The Fort have their way, that soon will change.

This Week On Metro Connection: Taking Risks

This week we take a plunge, live on the edge and otherwise engage in risky business.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Bus Dispatcher To Stand Trial For 2011 Crash

A Virginia bus dispatcher who ignored a driver's complaints of fatigue prior to causing a crash that killed 4 people will stand trial for involuntary manslaughter.

PHOTOS: YouthBuild Public Charter School

Students at the YouthBuild Public Charter School spend almost half their time on a construction site learning the construction trade, and the other half pursuing their GED certificate.

Trayvon Martin Supporters Plan D.C. Rally Saturday

The death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin has sparked a federal investigation and protests, including one planned in downtown D.C.

Maryland's 'Move Over Law' Campaign Underway

A one-month campaign is underway to remind drivers to move over when emergency crews and officers are working along roadways.

Maryland Senators Take Up Helmet Bill For Moped Riders

Moped and motor scooter riders may soon be required to wear helmets and eye protection in Maryland.

D.C. Mayor Calls For Campaign Finance Reform

Amid an ongoing investigation into his and other D.C. officials' campaign finances, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is calling for reforms to the way campaigns are funded.

Maryland House Takes Up State Budget

The Maryland House will tackle the state's budget plan this week, and the debate over an income tax increase and other controversial proposals could spill over into the weekend.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Maryland Principal Accused Of Bullying Students, Teachers

In a strange twist on a typical education story -- it's the principal at a Montgomery County school who is being accused of bullying, according to a lawsuit filed by several teachers.

Sen. Mikulski Honored As Congress' Longest-Serving Woman

Even after more than 35 years in Congress, Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski continues to be an icon for women in politics. She was honored in the Senate on Wednesday.

Analysis: No. 2 Seed Lady Terps Eye Sweet 16

The only area team still in the midst of March Madness is the ladies of University of Maryland. Washington Post sports columnist Gene Wang talks about their chances against the defending champs on Sunday.

Maryland Considering Gas Tax Alternatives

A Republican proposal in Maryland's state senate would localize a gas tax, so that only commuters in counties that directly benefit from mass transit would pay more at the pumps.

Is Charm-ville A 'Silly' Name For Old Town Alexandria?

Alexandria is considering launching an advertising campaign to try and coin the nickname "Charm-ville" in its tourism advertisements.

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