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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Study Tracks How School Start Dates Affect Tourism

Does the date of the first day of school have an effect on family travel patterns? According to a new study they do, which supports claims by the proponents of Virginia's "King's Dominion Law."

Sullivan Reinstatement Saga A Boon For UVA Donations

It was a trying for the students and faculty of the University of Virginia after president Teresa Sullivan was forced to resign, before ultimately being reinstated amid outcry. It was, however, a major boon to donations.

Trial Rescheduled For Anne Arundel Exec

The trial of John Leopold, the Anne Arundel County Executive accused of abusing his security detail for personal and political ends, has been postponed until next year.

Tour Guide In Your Pocket: National Zoo Puts Out iPhone App

Ever feel like you weren't getting the full experience at the National Zoo? There's now an iPhone app that offers guided tours, GPS-enabled maps and live feeds of the District's most popular animals — including pandas, of course.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Congress Heads Out Of Town Without Bailing Out Postal Service

The U.S. Postal Service didn't get a reprieve from Congress before lawmakers left town; the agency will now default on $5 billion in payments for retirees' health plans. 

General Lee's 'Special Order 191' On Display In Maryland

History buffs can get a glimpse of an 1862 document that some say changed the course of the American Civil War in Frederick County, Md. starting this week. 

Man Killed After Stepping In Front Of Metro Train

A man was fatally struck by a Metro Red line train at the Rockville station Saturday after he intentionally placed himself in the path of the train, according to Metropolitan Transit Police.

Allen, Kaine Make Rounds On Campaign Trail

Virginia senatorial candidates George Allen and Tim Kaine held a number of campaign events this week addressing jobs, sustainable energy, and the Bush-era tax cuts, among other issues. 

Medicare Lawsuit Against Baltimore Hospital Dismissed

A judge has ruled in favor of a Baltimore hospital, clearing the facility that had been accused of over-charging Medicaid, Medicare, and another federal government healthcare program. 

An App, A Map, And Some Old-Fashioned Police Work

The Prince George's County Police department joined forces with more than a million Twitter users for some unconventional police work this week: tracking down New York Times tech columnist David Pogue's iPhone.

Moms Organize 'Great Nurse-In' At U.S. Capitol

Breastfeeding supporters will join forces for a "Great Nurse-In

Friday, August 3, 2012

Webb Pushes Reform Of For-Profit Schools

The government spends a lot of money educating young veterans attending for-profit schools, and Virginia Sen. Jim Webb has proposed legislation to hold those schools more accountable for their high dropout rate.

D.C. Teen Parenting Program's Funding Set To Expire

A program that offers support services for teen parents in D.C. Public Schools is facing a potential future funding shortfall, as a $1.5 million grant is set to expire at the end of the year.

Prison Produce Stocks Local Food Pantries

Fruits and veggies grown by inmates in the Maryland Correctional Training Center in Hagerstown is being used to stock the shelves at food pantries in our area.

Orange, Red Lines Snared By Weekend Track Work

Buses will replace trains this weekend between Fort Totten and Union Station on the Red Line and Vienna and East Falls Church on the Orange Line, so plan accordingly.