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Friday, September 28, 2012

Environmentalist Uses Bio-Digestion To Deal With Poultry Waste

A businessman thinks he may have found a new solution for how to handle the countless tons of poultry manure on the Eastern Shore.

Virginia's Revised Education Requirements Draw Complaints Of Discrimination

Virginia is making changes to its standards for underperforming schools, but the way their performance is evaluated has drawn some criticism as discriminatory.

Analysis: Pepco's Union Dispute, Ethics Challenges In Maryland, Virginia

Washigton Post's Robert McCartney talks about Pepco's ongoing labor dispute and the ethics challenges to Rep. Roscoe Bartlett and Loudoun County supervisor Eugene Delgaudio.

Analysis: Obama And Romney Campaign In Virginia

David Hawkings talks about the latest in Obama and Romney's campaigning, and what absentee voting in Virginia could mean for the race.

One Part Of Maryland Gaming Expansion Takes Effect Monday

Maryland veterans' groups can begin applying Monday to install instant lottery pull-tab machines in their facilities. The rest of the state's gambling expansion law will have to wait for implementation until after the November referendum, however.

Chris Van Hollen Preps Biden For Debates

Vice President Joe Biden is getting a little help from Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen in getting a leg up in the upcoming debates.

What A Deal: Living Social To Fund Late-Night Metro For Nats Playoffs

Living Social will step in with funding for late-night Metro service if the Washington Nationals' playoff games go into extra innings. 

Amid Development, Working To Keep Balance In Columbia Heights

The addition of transit has transformed the Columbia Heights neighborhood into the bustling, magnet community it is today, but it took a lot of compromise, says Ward 1 Council member Jim Graham.

The Story Of The Ethiopian Diaspora, In Cake


The Ethiopian community in Northern Virginia is changing as they adapt many of the old traditions — including a taste for sumptuous Italian desserts — to their new home.

Washingtonians Divulge Tales Of Falling In Love

We talk with local couples about the moment they felt the first stirrings of love for their significant other.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Lawmakers, Librarians Take Renewed Look At Renovating D.C.'s Central Library

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in D.C.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library is badly in need of renovation, but during a roundtable Thursday, lawmakers and librarians were relieved to hear that it could be fixed at all.

Sobhani Wants In On Maryland Senate Debates

Independent Maryland Senate candidate Rob Sobhani

Independent Rob Sobhani is polling close to a Republican counterpart in the race for Maryland's Senate seat, which he believes justifies his inclusion in a debate.

Alexandria Elementary School Appealing Accreditation Decision

The Jefferson-Houston Elementary School in Alexandria, Va., was denied accreditation by the state Department of Education, pending a hearing by the Board of Education next month.

Alexandria Seeks Input On Park Plans

The city of Alexandria is soliciting input from its residents how best to manage parks in ways that are relevant to their needs.

Rider Input Sought On Next 30 Years Of Metro

Where should Metro focus its priorities as the region expands over the next several decades? The transit organization is asking riders exactly that.