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Friday, September 23, 2011

Canvassing For Cash In The Nation's Capital

You can't walk down certain D.C. streets without getting hit up for a donation from an eager canvasser for a nonprofit organization. It often seems no one stops to talk to them, much less donate money, so just what it is it that drives people to take jobs that bring so much rejection?

Making the Show Go On: Arts Groups Grapple with Federal Funding Cuts

As D.C.'s performing arts organizations launch their new seasons, many are doing so with far fewer federal funds than before.

Calculating the Cost of Clean Water

Counties in the Chesapeake Bay area only have until March to draw up plans to clean up their wastewater, and nowhere near the money to do it.

Finding Financial Footing After Personal Crises

What does budgeting look like when you only have a few dollars in your pocket?  Ask Carol Unger -- a 45-year-old homeless woman living in a shelter in Northwest D.C. -- about how she gets through the day and makes do in the leanest of times.

Conquering The Business World At Age 11

Starting your own business can be challenging enough, let alone when you've just entered 6th grade. 11-year-old Gabrielle Jordan Williams is CEO and founder of Jewelz of Jordan, and she's written a new book she hopes will inspire other kids to follow in her footsteps.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Va. Approves Corrected History Textbooks

Virginia has approved revised versions of history textbooks that were riddled with factual errors in their initial submission, despite the continued concerns of residents.

Md. Board Votes To Raise Tolls

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Driving in Maryland is about to get more expensive, as the transportation board has voted to raise tolls in order to pay to fix crumbling infrastructure.

Man Dies In Car Accident On Rockville Pike

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Montgomery County police are investigating a fatal car accident on Rockville Pike that left one man dead.

Police Investigating Fatal Accident on Rockville Pike

Montgomery County police are investigating a fatal car accident on Rockville Pike that left one man dead.

Floods Uncover Dinosaur Remains In Md.

A recent hurricane and heavy rains caused extensive destruction across the region, but it also helped uncover the fossilized remains of a dinosaur.

Mayor Gray Defends Twitter Restrictions

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The Gray administration's decision to restrict public access to police and fire department communications is drawing criticism from the local press corps.

Space Industry Growing In Virginia

With the end of NASA's shuttle program, Virginia is hoping to attract some of the nascent business in private sector space travel.