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Monday, September 24, 2012

Virginia Students Score Above National Average On SATs

Test results released by the Virginia Department of Education today will have public school teachers in the state cheering.

Pepco Workers To Vote On Contract Wednesday

Members of the Electrical Workers Union employed by Pepco will vote Wednesday on whether to except a new contract, or try to force the utility's hand with a strike.

Police Decline To Release 911 Tapes Of Shooting At Family Research Council

FBI agents at the scene of the FRC shooting

The D.C. Police Department has declined requests to release the 911 tapes made after August's shooting at the headquarters of the Family Research Council in Chinatown.

Students At SE High School Sickened By Apples

an apple on a desk

Several students at Ballou High School in Southeast D.C. were reportedly sick thanks to a few bad apples. At least three have been transported to area hospitals.

Analysis: Hill Staffers Focus On Congressional Work Before Election

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks about what staffers will be doing while lawmakers are out campaigning for the election.

National Zoo Still Looking For Answers On Panda Cub's Death

Zoo officials are still looking for information on the cause of death of the Smithsonian National Zoo's giant panda cub, which died Sunday morning.

Uber Car Service Makes Its Case (Again) At D.C. Council

The CEO for livery car service Uber was back in front of the D.C. Council on Monday, describing a recent proposal from the D.C. Taxicab Commission as a "draconian" measure intended to put him out of business.

Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, Sept. 24

Art from the Middle Ages and Asia After Dark.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Lawmakers Upset Over Partial Transportation Funding

Lawmakers in the region are upset that money for roads and bridges was left out of a bill to keep the government funded.

National Zoo's Giant Panda Cub Has Died

The giant panda cub born last weekend at the National Zoo died Sunday morning; members of the zoo staff are awaiting the results of medical tests to determine its cause of death.

Intern Program For Disabled Begins In Montgomery County

A new program in Montgomery County is helping high school seniors and recent graduates with disabilities step into the working world.

Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool Grows Green Algae

The National Park Service's efforts to be greener has inadvertently led to a green buildup in the Lincoln Memorial reflecting pool.

Montgomery County Teen Stable After Struck By Police Cruiser

A Gaithersburg teenager is in stable condition after she was struck by a police cruiser after a football game Friday night.

District Court Strikes Down Campaign Disclosure Rules

Rep. Chris Van Hollen is seeking other options around a court ruling that struck down his effort challenging campaign disclosure rules.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Ocean City Lifts 30-Year-Old Skateboarding Ban

The Ocean City Council has voted to lift a 30-year ban on skateboarding on the resort's streets and boardwalk.