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Monday, May 2, 2011

Fairfax School Board To Discuss Teacher Pay Raises Today

Today in Fairfax County, a school board work session could give teachers and staff an sense of whether a pay raise is truly on the way.

Fumes Force 911 Call Center Evacuation in Alexandria

In Virginia, Alexandria's 911 call center is expected to re-open today after fumes in the public safety building prompted an evacuation.

On the Potomac River, Rescuers Battle the Elements and Outdated Equipment

Boating season is now officially underway in the District. For the small team of D.C. firefighters that patrols the Potomac River, that means not only battling powerful currents, but dealing with unpredictable weather, unseasoned boaters, and outdated equipment.

Workplace Flexibility In U.S. Could Be Key To International Competition

For some, workplace flexibility is the key to juggling work life and family life. But now some experts say it's the key to competing with other countries.

Commentary By Joe Horning: A Plea For Comprehensive Homeless Services

As Congress returns from its recess this week, potential budget cuts -- including those affecting programs that help prevent foreclosures -- will be on the agenda. Commentator Joe Horning -- chairman of the D.C.-based Horning Brothers development company -- is urging federal and local lawmakers to consider the consequences.

Escaped Teenager Back In MPD Custody

A teenager who escaped from a District juvenile detention center is back in police custody, after being apprehended by police Monday afternoon.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Bohemian's big band, Hawaii's Kaho'olawe, and Corcoran's class.

Local Muslims Offer Nuanced Reactions To Bin Laden's Death

While local Muslim leaders are using words like "hope" and "relief" in the aftermath of Osama bin Laden's death, some Muslim residents are offering more complicated reactions.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Osama Bin Laden Is Dead, Officials Say

Osama bin Laden, who created the al-Qaeda terrorist network that killed 3,000 people in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, is dead, President Obama announced late Sunday night.

Going Green At The Sweetlife Fesitval

A local eatery is trying to promote healthy living with rock music.

NASA Offering Educational Programs At Wallops Flight Facility

NASA is offering programs developed at its Wallops Flight Facility to teach students and educators about the agency's flight initiatives.

Baltimore High School Says Colleges Didn't Receive Some Admissions Materials

The principal of Baltimore’s Western High School says school officials failed to forward some required materials to colleges for students in the school.

Avon Walk For Breast Cancer Hits The Streets Of D.C.

The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer is a non-competitive fund raising event where participants can walk a 26 or 39-mile marathon over the course of the weekend.

Volunteers Rebuild Homes For Elderly In The D.C. Area

Area residents are touched that thousands of volunteers came out to spruce up their homes this weekend.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Massey Plans To Seal West Virginia Coal Mines

A federal mine safety and health administration official says Massey Energy Co. has submitted a plan to seal a West Virginia coal mine where 29 miners died in an explosion last year.

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