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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Discipline Policy Still An Issue in Fairfax School Board Race

The long-running discussion about discipline in Fairfax County's public school system is the motivation behind at least one candidate's decision to run for the school board.

Virginia Health Officials Warning Swimmers Of Parasite

Virginia's health department is warning swimmers to beware of a deadly parasite that lives in stagnant water. The warning comes after a child in Virginia died of a related infection.

Police Uncover Large Insurance Policy In Robyn Gardner Case

Aruban authorities say they're planning an extensive search, using military forces if necessary, for a woman from Frederick, Md. who was reported missing August 2.

Va. Housing Commission Looks To Tweak Timeshare Laws

It's been nearly three decades since the Virginia General Assembly has made major changes to the state laws governing timeshares. But since that time, reports of problems with timeshare arrangements have accumulated and state lawmakers say it may be time for an overhaul.

Md. Farmers Flock To Nitrogen-Eating 'Cover Crops'

Farmers markets all across the region are currently filled with the bounty of this year's harvest. Come winter, state farmers will continue to grow -- but these crops will never make it to market.

AAA Wants College Park, MD Speed Cam Removed

A speed camera in College Park is drawing the ire of The American Automobile Association (AAA) Mid-Atlantic and the camera's neighbors.

Massive Police Raid Seizes Bootlegged Items On Maryland's Ocean City Boardwalk

Ocean City police raided two dozen boardwalk stores and confiscated mass quantities of bootlegged and fraudulent merchandise in what is being called the largest raid of its kind in the town's history.

In Lululemon Murder Trial, Lawyers May Use Mental Health Defense

Lawyers for a woman charged with killing a coworker at an upscale yoga clothing shop in Bethesda say they plan to call at least one mental health expert at the October trial, according to the Associated Press.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Md. Governor Will Reintroduce Septic Tank Ban

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) is celebrating one milestone in the cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay, but he's getting ready for a fight on another.

'School Pool' Aims To Connect Parents Driving Kids To Same School

The organization 'Commuter Connections' says high gas prices have made its ride sharing program more popular among people trying to get to work. Now, they're hoping to use the same strategy to connect parents of children who attend the same school.

Maryland Gets $8.5M For Harriet Tubman Visitors Center

A project in Maryland that will be the centerpiece of an effort to honor Harriet Tubman is getting $8.5 million in federal funding.

Va. Absentee Ballot Application Deadline Today

Today is the deadline for voters in Virginia to apply for absentee ballots for next week's primary elections.

Oil Spill In Anacostia River

A large quantity of an as yet unidentified petroleum product spilled into the Anacostia River Monday evening.

Health Bus Reaches Out To Homeless Children In Loudoun

The first day of school is less than two weeks away for students in Loudoun County, and for the hundreds of homeless students, the free food and transportation that go along with the school year could be a relief. Now, a community health program is aiming to meet other needs of homeless children in the county, both those in school and those who aren't.

Fighting Emerald Ash Borer, D.C. Gets Added To Region's Firewood Quarantine

The District of Columbia has been added to the list of domestic areas that are under federal quarantine for the Emerald Ash Borer.

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