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Monday, August 22, 2011

MLK Memorial Opens To Public Today

As many as a quarter of a million people are expected to attend Sunday's official dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in downtown D.C.

Environmentalists Differ On Alexandria Coal-Fired Power Plant

Environmentalists in Virginia are divided over what should happen to millions of dollars that have been set aside to clean up a coal-fired power plant on the waterfront in Alexandria.

Commentary By Karim Kai Ani: Students Need Better Math Instructions

The back-to-school season kicks off in the District today. Schools in Maryland and Virginia will soon follow. Commentator Karim Kai Ani says we should pay close attention to the kind of math instruction students receive when they arrive.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Libya Rebels In Tripoli, Gadhafi Defenses Collapse

Libyan rebels raced into Tripoli Sunday and met little resistance as Moammar Gadhafi's defenders melted away and his 40-year rule appeared to rapidly crumble. The euphoric fighters celebrated with residents of the capital in the city's main square, the symbolic heart of the regime.

Montgomery County's Schools Superintendent To Hold Town Hall Meetings

Montgomery County's new schools superintendent is inviting parents to get to know him at a series of upcoming town halls and public meetings.

Low Voter Turnout Expected For Virginia Primaries On Tuesday

The time to cast absentee ballots in the Virginia primaries has ended.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

9/11 Riders Head Out From Pentagon To Ground Zero

This morning the hundreds of motorcyclists participating in a 9/11 commemoration are leaving the Pentagon and heading to Ground Zero.

Maryland Officials Battling Over Land Control And Development

State and local officials in Maryland are battling over a plan to slow the rate of land development.

Virginia To Decide How To Fund Next Year's Unemployment Benefits

Virginia owes $20.2 million in interest to the federal government on money borrowed to fund extended unemployment benefits. The state must now decide how to fund next year's unemployment benefits, and their decision could impact employers who pay into the trust fund.

Surfing Organization Helps Raise Autism Awareness in Ocean City

In Maryland, more than a hundred autistic children gathered on the beach in Ocean City this week to experience the feeling of catching a wave thanks to the organization, Surfer's Healing.

Zoo Experiment Sheds New Light on Animal Intelligence

The National Zoo's Don Moore says people often have the wrong idea about elephants. They’re a lot smarter than we think.

Chain Bridge Closed This Weekend

The Chain Bridge connecting Northern Virginia and the District is closed this weekend for repair work.

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.

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.

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.

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