Local News from WAMU 88.5

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Scoring Tweaked For DCPS Teacher Evaluations

The IMPACT evaluation tool was designed to evolve with time, and the DCPS are making changes which put less stock in student standardized test scores and now include teacher-selected goals.

D.C. Sees Its First West Nile Death

The first death resulting from the West Nile virus has been reported in the District — just the latest in a season that's fast becoming among the worst on record.

McAuliffe Puts Off Talk Of Virginia Gubernatorial Candidacy

Many consider Terry McAuliffe a shoe-in to run for the office of Virginia Governor as a Democrat, but at the DNC convention, he said that will wait until after the November election.

Arundel Mills Casino Dominates Maryland Gambling Revenue

The Maryland Live! casino continues to draw nearly three-quarters of the gambling revenue in the state, as numbers continue to decline at the state's other casinos.

As Strasburg's Season Wanes, A Debate On Inning Limits After Tommy John

Washington Nationals ace pitcher Stephen Strasburg's time on the mound is short this season, despite the team's likely appearance on the playoffs.  

D.C. Shelter Takes In Displaced Dogs From The Gulf Coast

The cleanup continues along the Gulf Coast after flooding from Hurricane Isaac, and a group of displaced pups from a ravaged area in Mississippi have taken up residence in an area shelter.

View From The Convention Floor: Virginia Rep. Gerry Connolly

Virginia's swing state status has made it a prime target at both political conventions. Virginia Democratic Congressman Gerry Connolly makes his pitch for why President Obama is the man to meet the needs of the commonwealth.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Door To Door: Springland Farm, D.C., And Pleasant Valley, Md.

This week, we visit the Northwest D.C. neighborhood of Springland Farm, and Pleasant Valley in Knoxville, Md.

Smithsonian Displays Mysterious Dagger From The Stars

We head to the Smithsonian's Freer and Sackler Galleries to check out a mysterious dagger forged from a meteorite that fell to earth from outer space.

REALS: Real Life Super Heroes Pursue A Better World

We meet Stormbringer and Culann, two real life super heroes living in our region. Plus, we hear about REALS, a new play about people who invoke their "super powers" to fight crime.

Langley Park Immigrants Strive For Economic Power, Defer Political Power

Approximately 77 percent of Langley Park's population is Latino, but strength in numbers doesn't necessarily mean political power.

From A To B: D.C.'s Shaw And Pleasant Plains On The Move

In the first of a two-part series, we explore the role access to transit is playing in a rapidly-changing section of D.C.

Local Migrant Workers Get Training To Get Out Of Poverty

As we approach harvest season, we bring you the stories of farm workers striving to leave the fields behind for a better future.

Fairfax Goes Global In Quest For Economic Power

Fairfax County, Va., is setting up shop in far-flung international cities to woo global corporations to set up shop in our region.

Is The District's National Political Power On The Wane?

As D.C. Democrats struggle to have their voices heard at the convention in Charlotte, we ask WAMU 88.5's Patrick Madden why the city is apparently at a low ebb when it comes to national power and influence.