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Friday, August 19, 2011

9/11 Ride Makes Its Way Through Northern Virginia

The motorcycle tribute to 9/11 victims is making its way through Northern Virginia.

Virginia Reports $545M Surplus For FY 2011

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) says the commonwealth ended the last fiscal year with a surplus of nearly $545 million -- a bigger surplus than previously expected.

Georgetown Basketball Team And Chinese Team Attempt To Reconcile After Brawl

A day after getting into a brawl that ended an exhibition game in Beijing, the Georgetown men's basketball team and a Chinese team attempted to bury the hatchet.

UVA Researcher Looks At Banks' Effects On Neighborhoods

It might seem obvious that banks are attracted to wealthy areas, but it turns out, they may also help make communities safer and more prosperous. To learn more about that relationship, a researcher at the University of Virginia has been studying what happens when banks leave poor areas, and why credit unions and banks can pay big neighborhood dividends.

Elephant At National Zoo Can Solve Problems

Over in the Zoo's elephant house, Kandula is busy bowing and curtsying to a trainer's commands.

Youth Voices: Rohjanae Mathis

No matter whether it's feathered, permed or stick-straight, hair is an important element when it comes to style. But for commentator Rohjanae Mathis, her new "do" means so much more. Rohjanae talks about how she learned to embrace her natural beauty, and in turn gain a new found freedom.

Montgomery Co. Firefighters To Climb 110 Floors To Honor 9/11 First Responders

As part of a commemoration of the 9/11 terrorist attacks tomorrow, firefighters in Montgomery County will climb 110 stories -- the height of the twin towers.

Two Virginia Editorial Cartoonists' Thoughts On The Industry

Maybe it's the first page you turn to when you open a newspaper, or the first link you click on as you check the paper online. Editorial cartoons get people talking, but fewer and fewer newspapers are employing cartoonists full time, as dwindling circulations lead to layoffs.

Virginia's In-Person Absentee Primary Voting Deadline Is Tomorrow

The deadline is approaching for voters in Virginia who want to cast in-person absentee ballots for Tuesday's primary elections.

WaPo's McCartney: Cuccinelli's Possible Senate Run, Cantor's Endorsements For 2012, Montgomery County's Teen Curfew Proposal Reignites After 7-Eleven Flash Mob

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney offers an analysis on some of this week's about top stories including Ken Cuccinelli's possible Senate seat run, Eric Cantor's endorsement from George Allen, and the fate of Montgomery County’s proposed teen curfew.

Major Weekend Track Work, Expect Weekend Delays

Weekend Metro riders should expect delays yet again this weekend, as track work continues on the Red, Blue and Orange Lines.

Georgetown Basketball Players Brawl With Chinese Team

Georgetown's men's basketball team is regrouping after a "friendship" game against a Chinese professional squad in Beijing devolved into a violent fracas.

Still No ID On Anacostia River Spill Substance

Federal and state officials are still scratching their heads over the source of this week's pollution in the Anacostia river.

Prepare For Traffic During Today's 9/11 Motorcycle Ride

A memorial motorcycle ride in remembrance of 9/11 victims is set to roll through the D.C. metro area later today, tying up this evening's commute.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Maryland Ranks First In Providing Child Dental Care

Four years ago, 12-year-old Diamonte Driver from Prince George's County died from a brain infection created by an abscessed tooth because his mother was unable to get him adequate dental care. This death spurred Maryland to address this inadequacy, and now, things in the state are vastly different.

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