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Friday, August 5, 2011

Thursday, September 1, 2011

D.C. Drivers Among The Worst In The Country

The insurer Allstate has released its annual ranking of the regions with the country's least safe drivers and once again, the D.C. metro area didn't fare too well.

Crowded School Days Continue in Loudoun County

Students in Loudoun County's public school system are settling in to the first week of the school year. While many are getting used to new surroundings, new teachers, and new courses, one thing is exactly the same as last year: overcrowded classrooms.

After Irene, Montgomery Co. Residents Feel Neglected By BG&E

By now, utilities have restored power to most residents in Maryland. But some who remain without say they don't fully understand why.

Va. Panel Looks To Streamline State Agencies and Programs

A panel in Virginia is studying ways to streamline state government. Last year, the group consolidated or abolished 49 boards and commissions. Now, the panel is looking at ways to restructure state agencies and programs.

University of Maryland Going Green With Solar Power

One of the largest solar panel arrays in the DC-region is now generating electricity at the University of Maryland in College Park.

Youth Voices: Losing One's Identity, Finding Another

Where we call home is crucial to our sense of identity. But what if you were adopted from another country and never knew your parents or lived in your native home?

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Maya Angelou Takes Issue With MLK Memorial Quote

Poet and author Maya Angelou is taking issue with a paraphrased quotation by Martin Luther King Jr. etched in the recently opened memorial for Dr. King near the mall.

Protesters Block Federal Construction Site Over Labor Dispute

Hundreds of people blocked a federal job site in Southeast D.C. Wednesday to protest the number of D.C. residents hired for the project.

Md. Sen. Ben Cardin Assuages Fears Over NIH Cuts

Maryland Democratic Senator Ben Cardin tried to calm fears about impending budget cuts Wednesday at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda.

Massive Solar Panel Array Unveiled At College Park

The University of Maryland in College Park is unveiling a new solar panel array on one of its buildings. The school calls the facility one of the largest in the region.

More Water Discovered in Washington Monument

The National Park Service says engineers sealed cracks in the Washington Monument from last week's earthquake ahead of Hurricane Irene, but have discovered water inside that may indicate additional leaks.

Anne Arundel County Councilman Pleads Guilty On Tax Charge

In Maryland, an Anne Arundel County councilman has pleaded guilty to not filing tax returns.