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Monday, August 20, 2012

Greenbelt MS Opens For First Day Of School

Prince George's County students are heading back to school today, and several hundred of them, to a brand new building.

Bethesda Minor Left Unattended By Airline Staff

A Bethesda father and his daughter had quite the scare over the weekend when the 12-year-old girl, who was supposed to be escorted by a United Airlines attendant while flying solo from Wyoming to D.C., was left alone in Chicago's O'Hare airport. 

Police Look For Information In Eastern Market Attack

A D.C. man is still in serious condition after he was attacked and subsequently found unconscious Saturday morning in the Eastern Market neighborhood of Capitol Hill. 

UMD Students Petition Against Chick-Fil-A

Students at the University of Maryland College Park are joining the Chick-fil-A fray with a petition calling for the fast food chain's on-campus location to be shut down. 

DCPS Educator Named Interim Chief Of Prince George's Schools

Prince George's County has named a D.C. educator as its interim superintendent of schools. The district plans to select a permanent superintendent by the spring of next year.

Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, Aug. 20

Belief+Doubt and Lucky Dub.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Virginia Teen Kills Man While Driving Under Influence

A 19-year-old Virginia woman is charged with a DUI after killing a 62-year-man in a hit and run.

BWI Runway Closed For Reconstruction

One of BWI Airport's primary runways will be closed for 60 days as part of a multi-year reconstruction project.

Fairfax Voters To Determine Fate Of Floodwall

Voters in Fairfax County will determine the fate of a $30 million floodwall to protect one neighborhood along Cameron Run frequently hit by major floods.

Maryland Lawmakers Begin Talks On State's Utility Issues

Maryland lawmakers will hold the first statewide roundtable discussion this week on the reliability and resiliency of the state's electrical distribution system.

Virginia Pushing To Allow Food Stamps At Farmers Markets

The Virginia and federal governments are making it possible for the state's farmers' markets to accept food stamps.

Man In Bowie Dead After Setting Cab On Fire

A man is dead after setting a taxicab on fire during a robbery attempt in Bowie.

Blind Teen Directs Inspirational Documentary

A 15-year old filmmaker is releasing an inspirational documentary that she helped to direct, but has never seen.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Study: Many Virginians Lack Access To Dental Care

Many people in Virginia don't have access to dental care because of costs and lack of dentists, according to a study by two economists at the University of Virginia.

Baltimore Jazz Archivist Dies, Leaves Ellington Papers Legacy

Baltimore jazz archivist Ann Byrnes Kuebler, who was known for her work on the Smithsonian's Duke Ellington papers, has died in New Jersey at the age of 61.