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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Cheseapeake Bay Sees 20% Drop In Underwater Grasses

Underwater grasses declined significantly in the Chesapeake Bay last year, which could pose a problem for marine life.

Documentary Portrays Tolerance Amid Segregation In Small Maryland Town

A documentary about the history of race relations in the small town of Sandy Spring, Md. demonstrates the curious mix of racial tolerance and segregation that defines the area's past.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Health Mandate: Lawmaker Reactions Split Along Partisan Lines

Area Democrats say that a Supreme Court decision to overturn the Affordable Care Act could mobilize the Democratic base at the polls this fall, while Republicans say a move would be in line with the Constitution.

D.C. Council Considers Forgoing Automatic Raises

Members of the D.C. Council are scheduled to receive $3,000 cost of living increase to their salaries this year, but many are signing waivers, saying it's not fair for them to get pay increases while other city workers do not.

O'Malley Pushes School Breakfasts To Maryland Principals

Maryland governor Martin O'Malley played host to 60 school principals from the state Wednesday morning to push a program that provides low-cost or free meals to children from low-income families.

Alexandria To Overhaul King Street Metro

The King Street metro station is about to get a bit more charming, as Alexandria has unveiled a $7 million plan to overhaul the station to make it more in keeping with the Old Town aesthetic.

Woman Admits To Illegally Injecting Customers With Silicone

A woman pleaded guilty on Wednesday to illegally injecting silicone into the posteriors of women in hotel rooms up and down the east coast, including the District of Columbia.

Ron Paul Campaigning In Maryland Wednesday Night

Maryland doesn't normally factor strongly into presidential primaries, but a contentious race had sparked renewed interest. Ron Paul, currently in fourth place, will be campaigning in Maryland Wednesday night.

Attorney Seeks $4M For 2 Virginia Tech Families

An attorney representing two families of students slain in the Virginia Tech tragedy is trying to waive a Virginia law that puts a $100,000 cap on claims of negligence against the state.

Virginia Lawmakers Eye Healthcare Mandate Decision

Virginia lawmakers, like many across the country, are eagerly awaiting the Supreme Court's decision on the Affordable Care Act, with its implications across the Commonwealth.

Democrat Libby Garvey Wins Seat On Arlington Board

In a special election that saw a record low turnout, Arlington Democratic nominee Libby Garvey was elected to the vacant seat on the Arlington County Board Tuesday night.

Analysis: GOP Voters Actually Get A Say In Maryland, D.C. Presidential Primaries

Looking ahead to the congressional races in the Maryland and D.C. primaries, scheduled for April 3.

'A Huge Loss': Program Helps Families Grieve Pets Who Pass

When a pet dies, many families are unsure of how to grieve. Prince George's County is offering counseling to help them through those tough times.

Opponents Trying For Referendum On Maryland Redistricting

Opponents to Maryland's redistricting map have kicked off an effort to get the new Congressional districts map on the November ballot.

D.C. Mayor Defends 2013 Budget, Including Traffic Cameras

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray defended the inclusion of more traffic camera revenues in his 2013 budget Tuesday, saying he'd eventually like to see traffic cameras covering the entire city.