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Friday, August 19, 2011

UVA Researcher Looks At Banks' Effects On Neighborhoods

It might seem obvious that banks are attracted to wealthy areas, but it turns out, they may also help make communities safer and more prosperous. To learn more about that relationship, a researcher at the University of Virginia has been studying what happens when banks leave poor areas, and why credit unions and banks can pay big neighborhood dividends.

Georgetown Basketball Team And Chinese Team Attempt To Reconcile After Brawl

A day after getting into a brawl that ended an exhibition game in Beijing, the Georgetown men's basketball team and a Chinese team attempted to bury the hatchet.

Youth Voices: Rohjanae Mathis

No matter whether it's feathered, permed or stick-straight, hair is an important element when it comes to style. But for commentator Rohjanae Mathis, her new "do" means so much more. Rohjanae talks about how she learned to embrace her natural beauty, and in turn gain a new found freedom.

Elephant At National Zoo Can Solve Problems

Over in the Zoo's elephant house, Kandula is busy bowing and curtsying to a trainer's commands.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Woodrow Wilson High School Reopens After $115 Million Renovation

Woodrow Wilson High School in northwest D.C. celebrated their $115 million renovation with a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday.

Giordano Tries To Collect Insurance As Gardner Search Continues

Maryland tourist Gary Giordano tried to redeem a $1.5 million insurance policy on his missing travel companion Robyn Gardner shortly after she disappeared.

Baltimore Ballot Has Wrong Date

Baltimore has mailed sample ballots with the wrong date for next month's primary election, reports AP.

Local Workers Head To Vigial Outside Verizon CEO's Home

Striking Verizon workers from Virginia to Massachusetts plan to hold a candle light vigil outside of CEO Lowell McAdam's home in Mendham, N.J. today, according to Associated Press.

D.C. Announces 9/11 Plans

The District is laying out its plans to observe the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Tests Show No Oil In Substance Found In Anacostia River

Initial tests indicated a presence of a petroleum-based substance in the Anacostia River, but when the U.S. Coast Guard followed up with a water assessment on Tuesday, they found no oil.

Virginia Man Faces Execution For Elderly Woman’s Death In 2001

Virginia is scheduled to execute a man from Williamsburg tonight, using a new drug mix that's been contested in other states.

Religious Group Joins Fray Opposing Va. Uranium Mining

A religious group is joining the fight to maintain a ban on uranium mining in Virginia.

Maryland Ranks First In Providing Child Dental Care

Four years ago, 12-year-old Diamonte Driver from Prince George's County died from a brain infection created by an abscessed tooth because his mother was unable to get him adequate dental care. This death spurred Maryland to address this inadequacy, and now, things in the state are vastly different.

Comment Period Extended On Va. Gay Adoption Regs

Virginia's Board of Social Services has decided to allow more time for comments on whether gay couples should be accepted as adoptive or foster parents.

After Charter Schools Close, Parents Race To Find New Placements

Nearly 750 D.C. students were left looking for new schools after three charter schools closed and two eliminated their high school programs.

Charter school advocates defend the closures and say test scores at charters are still higher than they are in traditional D.C. public schools, in part because of their tough-love approach. But parents say in the short term, these school closure decisions leave their families hanging.

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