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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

After 70 Years, Marianne Arden Can Still Tickle The Ivories

Marianne Arden was a torch singer in the 40's and 50's, and at 99 years old, she still loves to delight an audience.

Falsified Grant Documents Prompt Fairfax To Return Federal Money

Fairfax County Public Schools will be repaying an estimate $1 million in federal grants after discovering that application documents had been falsified, according to a report.

Hundreds Of Childhood Immigrants Apply For Deferral Program

A program announced by President Obama goes into effect today that would offer young, undocumented immigrants the chance to apply for deferred deportation, opening a path to legal employment.

Security Guard Shot In Chinatown, Suspect In Custody

A security guard was shot at the headquarters of the Family Research Council in downtown D.C. Wednesday morning. A suspect is in custody, according to police.

Maryland Legislature At Impasse On Pit Bulls Bill

The Maryland legislature may have finally reached an agreement on gambling, but they left a bill on the table Tuesday that would have dealt with the labeling of pit bulls an inherently dangerous breed of dog. 

Nellie Gray, Found Of March For Life, Dead At 88

The founder of the March for Life, the annual anti-abortion rally in Washington, D.C. has died. 

Watchdogs: D.C. Area Governments Need Work On Transparency

The District, Maryland and Virginia could use some help on its government transparency, according to government watchdogs. Most recently, D.C. is getting criticism for trying to limit Freedom of Information Act requests. 

Pending Budget Cuts Could Also Affect FAA, Air Travel

Aviation industry advocates are warning that air travelers could feel the effects of steep federal budget cuts that could affect the Federal Aviation Administration in January.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Virginia Math Scores Drop With Higher Standards

Math scores in Virginia are down across the board in the latest round of testing, but education officials say that is to be expected after the commonwealth instituted more rigorous standards.

Chesapeake Dead Zones Shrink Under Dry Conditions

Drought is generally considered an environmental albatross, but in the case of the Chesapeake Bay, dry conditions have diminished the appearance of seasonal dead zones.

Maryland House Passes Gaming Expansion

The expansion of gaming in Maryland now awaits only the approval of voters in November, after Maryland lawmakers and Gov. O'Malley signed off on the plan.

Pest Populations Boom In Record Heat

This summer has been the hottest on record, but as unpleasant as the sweaty days have been, the resulting explosion in mosquito population will be an even itchier problem to deal with.

Four Bond Issues On The Arlington Ballot

Arlington voters have four bond issues on the ballot this November, and the prospects for all of them look good, since voters haven't turned down a bond measure since 1979.

Malfunction Shuts Down Nuclear Core In Maryland

One of the two cores at the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant in Maryland was shut down following a malfunction, which experts say poses no risk to the public.

Airports Board Gets Scathing Letter From LaHood, Governors

A cabinet member, two governors, the D.C. mayor are calling for sweeping reforms to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Board in the wake of ongoing reports of nepotism, problems with transparency and ethics concerns.