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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Arlington Town Hall Looks At Legacy Of Desegregation

It's been nearly 55 years since the Virginia General Assembly adopted a policy known as "Massive Resistance," the closing of public schools in protest of efforts to desegregate. Now there's an effort under way to involve the state's current residents in a dialogue about the policy's legacy.

D.C. Water To Cut Pollution From Wastewater Plant By Half

D.C. Water says that by 2014 it will have completed an upgrade that will cut its pollution in half and generate electricity to power the its water treatment plant.

Gray To Name New DDOT Director

After months of waiting, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is expected to announce his choice for a new leader for the city's Department of Transportation today.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Local music at Strathmore Mansion, Italian drawings at the National Gallery of Art, and flying a kite for lost loved ones in Haiti.

College Faculties Launch Campaign For Equality In Higher Ed.

On the anniversary of a landmark Supreme Court decision, Brown vs. Board of Education, ... which paved the way for equal access to education, college faculty members from across the country are launching a campaign that they hope will be another pivotal moment in higher education.

Chris Myers Asch: How To Hustle To Your Position

Chris Myers Asch teaches history at the University of the District of Columbia and coordinates UDC's National Center for Urban Education. He reflects on a childhood baseball team that taught him the fundamentals of manhood.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Jack Johnson Apologizes To PG County After Pleading Guilty

Former Prince Georges County Executive Jack Johnson, accused of corruption by the federal government in 2010, has reached an agreement with prosecutors.

D.C. Wastewater Treatment Plant To Make Electricity From Waste

The District's Wastewater Treatment Plant, one of the largest in the world, is getting new technology to generate electricity from waste and cut the plant's nitrogen pollution in half.

Commentary By Sally White: Honoring The Art Of Caregiving

May is Older Americans Month, but commentator Sally White, executive director of Iona Senior Services, says we should take the opportunity to pay tribute to those caring for older Americans as well.

Advocacy Groups Seek To Delay New Gay Adoption Rules In Va.

Advocacy groups are asking the Virginia Board of Social Services to delay new rules they say would discriminate against gay people who want to adopt.

Md. Governor: Transgendered People Need More Protection

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says he will work for greater protection for transgendered people in the next legislative session. O'Malley's pledge comes in the aftermath of an attack on a transgender woman in Maryland in April.

Former P. G. County Exec. Jack Johnson Pleads Guilty

In Maryland, former Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson has pleaded guilty to two federal charges he faces in connection with a pay-to-play corruption scandal involving developers.

Metro Proposes Increasing Train Wait Times

As Metro works to close a $66 million budget gap, riders could face longer Metrorail delays on weekends and the elimination of some bus routes.

After Fatal MoCo Crash, Police And Parents Beg Teens To Be Careful

Following this past weekend's triple fatal car accident in Montgomery County, authorities are urging teen drivers, their friends, and parents to consider the consequences of poor judgement behind the wheel.

Jack Johnson Pleads Guilty

UPDATE: Former Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson has pleaded guilty to charges of extortion and witness and evidence tampering. Johnson entered the plea to the two counts in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt on Tuesday.

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