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Thursday, September 1, 2011

D.C. Drivers Among The Worst In The Country

The insurer Allstate has released its annual ranking of the regions with the country's least safe drivers and once again, the D.C. metro area didn't fare too well.

Crowded School Days Continue in Loudoun County

Students in Loudoun County's public school system are settling in to the first week of the school year. While many are getting used to new surroundings, new teachers, and new courses, one thing is exactly the same as last year: overcrowded classrooms.

After Irene, Montgomery Co. Residents Feel Neglected By BG&E

By now, utilities have restored power to most residents in Maryland. But some who remain without say they don't fully understand why.

Va. Panel Looks To Streamline State Agencies and Programs

A panel in Virginia is studying ways to streamline state government. Last year, the group consolidated or abolished 49 boards and commissions. Now, the panel is looking at ways to restructure state agencies and programs.

University of Maryland Going Green With Solar Power

One of the largest solar panel arrays in the DC-region is now generating electricity at the University of Maryland in College Park.

Youth Voices: Losing One's Identity, Finding Another

Where we call home is crucial to our sense of identity. But what if you were adopted from another country and never knew your parents or lived in your native home?

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Pepco Finishes Off One Storm While Another Looms

Pepco has set a deadline to get service restored to all of its customers following Hurricane Irene.

Shutdown Of Alexandria Coal Plant Could Have Impact On Waterfront Planning

Environmentalists are hailing an agreement struck between the city of Alexandria and GenOn Energy to permanently close a coal-fired power plant on the Potomac waterfront in Virginia. But that could add a new element to the city's waterfront planning process.

Va. Republicans Confident They Can Take Majority

Virginia Republicans believe the dynamics of state politics are about to change dramatically for the first time since 2007. They're confident they will be able to retake the state Senate and control both chambers.

Disclosure Requirements Weak For D.C. Officials Involved With Nonprofits

The D.C. Council is promising to tackle ethics reform when it returns from recess next month. Among the changes are likely to be stricter reporting requirements for potential conflicts of interest.

Katherine Bradley: A Great Teacher Inspired and Inspiring

Katherine Bradley is the co-founder and president of the City Bridge Foundation, focused on building a strong system of traditional public and charter schools in the District. She says she owes her drive and success to an inspirational teacher.

Maya Angelou Takes Issue With MLK Memorial Quote

Poet and author Maya Angelou is taking issue with a paraphrased quotation by Martin Luther King Jr. etched in the recently opened memorial for Dr. King near the mall.

Protesters Block Federal Construction Site Over Labor Dispute

Hundreds of people blocked a federal job site in Southeast D.C. Wednesday to protest the number of D.C. residents hired for the project.

Md. Sen. Ben Cardin Assuages Fears Over NIH Cuts

Maryland Democratic Senator Ben Cardin tried to calm fears about impending budget cuts Wednesday at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda.

Massive Solar Panel Array Unveiled At College Park

The University of Maryland in College Park is unveiling a new solar panel array on one of its buildings. The school calls the facility one of the largest in the region.

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