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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Regional School Officials Will Weigh 'No Child Left Behind' Waiver

School officials in the region are applauding a decision by the U.S. Department of Education to relax some requirements of the No Child Left Behind law.

Fairfax County Calls On SWAT Team To Thin Deer Population

They may look like Bambi, but deer in urban areas destroy natural habitat, and make roads hazardous.

Robyn Gardner's Boyfriend Says Disappearance Story Doesn't Add Up

As authorities in Aruba continue to search for missing Frederick County resident Robyn Gardner, more questions are being raised about the man who police say is a suspect in her disappearance.

D.C. Police Union: Chief Can't Call For "All Hands On Deck" This Weekend

It's "All Hands on Deck" this weekend for D.C. police, whether officers like it or not.

Maryland's and Virginia's Bond Ratings Could Be Cut This Fall

The credit ratings of Virginia and Maryland could be tied to the congressional panel set up to reduce the deficit.

Rockville Doctors Make Locker Rooms Safe With Extreme Science

Sports injuries are often associated with crushing tackles on the football field, but dangers lurk in the quiet corners of the locker room too.

Contents May Be Hot: Chef Cooks With World's Spiciest Peppers

An organic garden in Northern Virginia is now home to half a dozen of the world's hottest peppers, thanks to the executive chef at a new restaurant in Tysons Corner.

Search For Missing Woman In Aruba Called Off

Aruban Authorities ended the active search for missing Frederick County resident Robyn Gardner, but continue to question Gary Giordano of Gaithersburg.

D.C. Residents To Get Preview Of MLK Jr. Memorial

D.C. Residents will get an exclusive preview of the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial on the National Mall several days before official dedication on Aug. 28.

Bay Bridge To Get A Fresh Coat Of Paint

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge is getting a makeover, including a new coat of paint.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

VA And MD Could Get Downgraded Over Entitlment Cuts

Although it lowered the credit rating of the federal government, Standard & Poor's says it will not drop the ratings of Virginia and Maryland now, but the rating agency says that could change.

More Than 4,000 People Attend D.C. Job Fair

The latest unemployment report shows the District's unemployment rate has climbed above 10 percent, and today, more than 4,000 out-of-work residents attended a job fair in downtown DC.

New Targets For Crabs Mean Protections Remain

New federal targets for blue crabs mean crabbing limits in Maryland and Virginia will remain in place.

Reenactors To Mark 150th Anniversary Of Antietam Civil War Battle

Around 4,000 reenactors will take part in festivities marking the 150th anniversary next year of two Civil War battles fought in Maryland.

MPD Officer In Charge Of Police Escorts Demoted

The commander of the special operations division for D.C.'s police department says he's been demoted, according to an Associated Press report.

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