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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Virginia Bill Would Move Teachers To Contracts

A bill now moving to the Virginia state senate would restrict teachers to limited-term contracts, subject to evaluation every three years.

Infectious Virus Found In Maryland Amphibians

Scientists are investigating a highly infectious virus that has made its way into Maryland's waterways and infected salamanders, tadpoles, and turtles.

Valentine's Day in Dupont Circle

Valentines is blooming from the trees and buildings along 21st street NW between Q and P making Dupont Circle one of the more romantic neighborhoods to walk through this week.

Enrollment In D.C. Public Schools Drops

The number of students enrolled in D.C. public schools went down over the last year, but overall enrollment in the district rose thanks to increased interest in DCPS charter schools.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Bethesda Moves Forward With Second Metro Entrance

Montgomery County voted Monday to add funding to the county's construction budget to accomodate a second entrance to the Bethesda Entrance in anticipation of the Purple Line expansion.

Metro Paying $52 Million For Outside Consultants

According to a report, Metro is paying more than $52 million for outside consultants on a range of issues from escalator studies to SmarTrip farecards -- jobs that some say could be performed by existing Metro workers.

Carbon Monoxide Leak Strikes Southeast D.C.

At least a dozen residents of Southeast D.C. are being monitored after a carbon monoxide leak stemming from a basement furnace put them at risk. 

Protesters Arrested After Hanging Banner On Memorial Bridge

Protesters calling for a free Tibet were arrested Monday morning by D.C. Police after rapelling down the side of Arlington Memorial Bridge and hanging a banner.

Virginia House Passes GPS Tracking Ban

The Virginia House has overwhelmingly approved a bill that would crack down on the illegitimate use of GPS tracking devices on residents of the commonwealth, with several notable exceptions.

Huguely Murder Trial Enters Second Week

The trial of George Huguely V, the former UVA lacrosse player accused of killing his girlfriend Yeardley Love, enters its second week, with testimony from the arresting officers, who noted injuries to Huguely's person.

Obama Unveils Budget at Northern Virginia Community College

Obama's 2013 budget is expected to include education initiatives and the District's budget oversight.

Lawmakers Voice Priorities Ahead Of Obama's 2013 Budget Release

Lawmakers in Maryland and Virginia are expressing their spending priorities for President Obama's 2013 budget.

Gray Lauds Obama's Push For D.C. Budget Autonomy

A provision in Obama's proposed 2013 budget calls for D.C. to spend its local tax dollars without having to go through Congress.

Organizer Criticizes Plans To Change Inscription On MLK Jr. Monument

An organizer of the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is criticizing plans to strip off a disputed inscription from the monument.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Republican Daniel Bongino Going After Maryland U.S. Senate Seat

A Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Maryland is far behind the incumbent in fundraising, but he's hoping to use popular anger with Congress to his advantage.