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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Medical Marijuana Mulled In Maryland

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Maryland's health secretary spoke to a group working to get medical marijuana legalized in the state, and said several academic institutions are exploring the possibility.

Va. Budget Surplus Obscuring Hidden Deficit?

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Virginia's governor is boasting of a big budget surplus after big cuts to education this year -- but some question whether it will last through next year.

Occupy DC Completes Peaceful March

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The Occupy DC protests continue on Thursday, with thousands of activists taking to the streets protesting at City Hall, the White House and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Suspicious Device Shuts Down D.C. Roads

A small metal, device found on Pennsylvania Avenue Thursday morning caused traffic and shut down roads, as the U.S. Capitol Police tried to determine what the suspicious device was.

Maryland Governor Urges Students To Fight Bullying

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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and First Lady Katie O'Malley will appear at Arundel High School today to encouarge students, parents, and educators to fight bullying in and out of schools.

Competitive Races For Most Virginia State Senate Seats

There are a number of tight races in the Virginia State Senate this year, as nearly all of the seats are being contested between the two major parties.

Md. Liquor Tax Starts Funding School Projects

The Maryland Department of Public Works gave the go ahead yesterday for $18 million in projects for schools to be funded by revenues from several counties' new alcohol taxes. 

D.C. Fire Stations To Install Green Roofs

Plants growing on the roof of fire station.

Several D.C. fire stations will soon have a green respite installed on their roofs as part of a Chesapeake Bay protection grant.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Redefining The Transition To Retirement And Beyond

Seniors today are resisting the notion that they should have to settle for a nursing home in their twilight years.

For New Moms, A Matter Of Myth Vs. Reality

Becoming a mother is arguably one of the biggest transitions a woman goes through in life, and many pregnant women are told to "enjoy every minute" of the experience. But what happens when your happy expectations crash up against a very different reality?

At Johns Hopkins, New Breakthroughs In The Building Blocks Of Life

Johns Hopkins University synthetic biologist looks at yeast as a building block into the brave new world of designer genomes.

Confronting Vacant Homes In Baltimore

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Of the 16,000 abandoned homes in Baltimore City, only about 6,000 are worth saving. A city program is working with private developers to figure out how to fix this urban blight.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Va. Group Pushes For Less Juvenile Incarceration

One advocacy group is trying to reduce the number of juvenile offenders incarcerated in Virginia, and they're citing a new report that shows that such incarceration is expensive, and often doesn't work.

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