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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Coal Ash Provision Stalls Transportation Bill

The transportation bill is vital for projects throughout the region, but it's been held up on Capitol Hill because of the Republican's coal ash provision.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Conservationists Use Recorded Bird Calls To Attract Other Birds

Conservationists in Maryland hope to attract endangered birds back to the eroding Skimmer Island with recorded bird calls.

Maryland Officials Look To Ban Baby Bumper Pads

Maryland health officials have concluded the risks of baby bumper pads to infants outweigh the potential benefits.

Friday, June 8, 2012

O'Malley: Wisc. Recall Defeat Doesn't Affect Presidential Election

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley dismissed the notion that the victory for Republican governor Scott Walker had any implications for the presidential election.

Thunderbirds To Headline Ocean City Air Show

Soaring above the skies of Ocean City this weekend will be the Thunderbirds — six airmen in F-16s who still get as much of a rush out of the spectacle as the people for whom they perform.

Commentary: Council Corruption Should Not Impede D.C. Rights

Corruption within the D.C. Council should not affect the push for greater autonomy at home and representation in Congress, says Ilir Zherka of the group DC Vote.

Analysis: House May Cut Its Own Staffs, Budgets

Deep cuts could be coming to the offices of the House leadership and committees under a bill currently under consideration in Congress. 

Analysis: D.C. Council Regroups, While Silver Line Project Drops PLA

Phil Mendelson and Vincent Orange are seeking interim D.C. Council Chairman seat. Washington Post columnist Bob McCartney talks Kwame and Silver Line as well.

Only Yellow Line Escapes Weekend Track Work

Track work will snag the Blue, Orange, Green and Red Lines this weekend, so be prepared to add at least 20 minutes to your travel times on anything other than the Yellow.

Maggie James, Virginia’s Oldest Woman, Dies At 112

Friday marks the passing of Maggie Margaret Montague James, the oldest resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia, who lived a remarkable life spanning 112 years.

LGBT Teens Face Severe Challenges, Report Finds

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender teenagers growing up in America face more challenges in nearly every aspect of their lives than straight teens, according to a new report from the Human Rights Campaign. 

Same-Sex Marriage Advocates Prep For Battle In Maryland

Advocates for upholding Maryland's new law allowing same-sex marriage are readying their resources for a fight should opponents succeed in forcing a referendum on the measure. 

Kwame Brown Pleads Guilty To Bank Fraud, Campaign Finance Charge

Embattled former D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown has pleaded guilty to felony bank fraud as well as a campaign finance violation stemming from his 2008 campaign.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Celebrating Two Centuries Of Dickens

Charles Dickens was born 200 years ago this year, and while he is perhaps best known for his more popular novels, the man and his work went much deeper than that.

Group Works To Restore Adams Morgan Mural

A small group of enthusiastic residents are pushing to save and restore an Adam's Morgan mural with a decades-old history for the area's Latino community.