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Monday, April 30, 2012

Maryland School Officials React To Report On 'Suspect Scores'

School leaders in Montgomery County were incensed by a report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, which implied that the Blue Ribbon award for increased reading scores at Highland Elementary was unearned.

Riverdale Park Residents Rebuff Development Plan

Residents of the Riverdale Park neighborhood of Prince George's County voiced their objections Monday to a planned high-density development, which would include, amongst other things, a Whole Foods market.

Black Virginians Continue To Lag Far Behind Whites

Black Virginians continue to feel the lingering effects of institutional inequalities that mar the history of the Commonwealth, according to a new report.

Re-Enactors To Commemorate Battle Of Williamsburg

Civil War re-enactors will converge on Williamsburg, Va. on Sunday to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Williamsburg, during which 4,000 men lost their lives.

NORAD Conducting Test Flights In D.C. Skies

NORAD is giving residents of the D.C. Metro area a heads-up that, through next Friday, radio controlled and small sporting aircraft will be taking to skies that are usually off limits.

Riverdale Divided Over Town Center Plans

Riverdale residents are split over plans to turn a 37-acre parcel of land into a bustling town center.

Cyber Bill Passes House, But Faces Veto Threat

A new cyber security bill was ushered in through the U.S. House, but the legislation faces a veto threat from the White House.

Johns Hopkins Hospital Moves Into Two New Towers

Johns Hopkins Hospital is making the big move into a new billion-dollar facility today.

Police Seeking Suspect In Northwest Branch Trail Assaults

The Northwest Branch Trail in Prince George's County has been the site of five assaults in nearly as many months; police are looking for leeads on a possible suspect.

Prosecutor Recommends Nearly 4 Years In Jail For Harry Thomas Jr.

The prosecution in the Harry Thomas Jr. case is seeking a nearly four-year sentence for the disgraced former D.C. Council member, who in  January pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $350,000 in city funds.

Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, April 30

Las Meninas, reunited wordsmiths, and a lifetime of art.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

At Least Seven Dead In Bronx Zoo Crash

At least seven people are dead, including three children, after a van fell more than 50 feet over a guardrail in New York City.

NPS Collections Available To Researchers

Researchers will have access to the National Park Service's natural history collections for the first time ever.

Suspected Petworth Attacker Held Without Bond

A judge has ordered Michael Davis, the 19-year-old suspect connected to the attacks in Petworth, to remain behind bars without bail.

Longer School Days Set For Prince George's Co. Middle Schools

The school day for Prince George's County's middle school students will be extended beginning in August.

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