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Friday, August 19, 2011

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.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Baltimore Ballot Has Wrong Date

Baltimore has mailed sample ballots with the wrong date for next month's primary election, reports AP.

Local Workers Head To Vigial Outside Verizon CEO's Home

Striking Verizon workers from Virginia to Massachusetts plan to hold a candle light vigil outside of CEO Lowell McAdam's home in Mendham, N.J. today, according to Associated Press.

D.C. Announces 9/11 Plans

The District is laying out its plans to observe the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Tests Show No Oil In Substance Found In Anacostia River

Initial tests indicated a presence of a petroleum-based substance in the Anacostia River, but when the U.S. Coast Guard followed up with a water assessment on Tuesday, they found no oil.

Virginia Man Faces Execution For Elderly Woman’s Death In 2001

Virginia is scheduled to execute a man from Williamsburg tonight, using a new drug mix that's been contested in other states.

Religious Group Joins Fray Opposing Va. Uranium Mining

A religious group is joining the fight to maintain a ban on uranium mining in Virginia.

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.

Comment Period Extended On Va. Gay Adoption Regs

Virginia's Board of Social Services has decided to allow more time for comments on whether gay couples should be accepted as adoptive or foster parents.

After Charter Schools Close, Parents Race To Find New Placements

Nearly 750 D.C. students were left looking for new schools after three charter schools closed and two eliminated their high school programs.

Charter school advocates defend the closures and say test scores at charters are still higher than they are in traditional D.C. public schools, in part because of their tough-love approach. But parents say in the short term, these school closure decisions leave their families hanging.

AAA Faces Uphill Battle For College Park Speed Camera's Removal

AAA Mid-Atlantic is calling for another speed camera to be removed in the region, this time in College Park. But the motorist advocacy group hasn't won many of these types of battles.

Howard County Sees Environmental And Economic Potential In Composting

Maryland's Howard County is calling on residents to put their leftovers to use through a new food scraps recycling program.

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