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Friday, September 2, 2011

CQ Roll Call: Congress' Partisan Tone and Obama's Job Speech

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, gives an analysis of this week's top news on Capitol Hill, as Congress comes back into session and President Barack Obama prepares his jobs speech.

WaPo's McCartney: D.C.'s Bond Rating and Pepco's Performance During Irene

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney gives an analysis of some of this week's top news including a possible downgrade in the District's bond rating and Pepco's performance during Hurricane Irene.

Metro Track Work Scheduled Throughout Labor Day Weekend

The Metro will experience delays Labor Day weekend.

Track work will cause delays on Metro's Blue and Orange lines over the Labor Day weekend.

Glenarden Woods Reopens, Parents Complain Of Poor Communication With School

Glenarden Woods Elementary is open. The Blue Ribbon School of Excellence is the last school in Prince George's County to get back power and open its doors.

Virginia Looking To Revitalize Areas Dependent On Tobacco Farming

A panel in Virginia is debating how the state's portion of the national tobacco settlement can be used to revitalize areas that have been dependent on tobacco farming.

Virginia Teen Goes To Supreme Court For Shooting Plastic Spitballs

A 14-year-old Virginia boy is hoping to clear his name in the state's Supreme Court, after he was suspended for shooting soft plastic spitballs at classmates in school.

D.C. Police Officer To Appear In Court For Shooting At Transgender Women

D.C. Police Officer Kenneth Furr will appear in court Friday to answer charges that he shot at five people inside a car, wounding two transgendered women and their male friend during an early morning altercation last week. Activists call it the latest evidence of homophobia and transgender phobia within the police department.

Maryland Nuclear Power Plant Under Federal Inspection

A nuclear power plant in Maryland is under federal inspection just days after recovering from Hurricane Irene.

National Cathedral Gets Safety Nets To Guard Against Debris

National Cathedral

Safety nets are being installed along the ceiling of the Washington National Cathedral to guard against falling debris after the building was damaged by an earthquake last week.

Moderate Muslims Honor 9/11 Victims With Blood Drive

An area muslim organization is holding a blood drive to honor 9/11 victims.
Next week, a Muslim group will hold a blood drive in the Washington area to honor those who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Lexington, Va. Leaders Consider Limits On Confederate Flag

Leaders in Lexington, Va. are considering limits on downtown flag-flying, including the Confederate flag, angering defenders of the divisive Southern symbol.

Gov. McDonnell: Record Va. Wine Sales in 2011

Virginia winery

Sales of wines crafted in the state of Virginia are at an all-time high, according to Governor Bob McDonnell.

Kennedy Center Starts Ticket Giveaway

As part of its 40th birthday celebration, the Kennedy Center is giving away free tickets to each performance in its 2011-2012 season.

Scientist Sweats It Out In Salt Marshes To Study Pollution's Effects On Shore Birds

They may not know it, but a flock of shore birds from Chincoteague, Va., are proving very useful for one environmentalist studying the effects of mercury pollution.

Muslim Organization Sponsors 9/11 Blood Drive

A Muslim organization is using the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks to collect thousands of pints of blood for use in hospitals across the country.

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