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Friday, March 23, 2012

Washingtonians In Startup-Land: In The Trenches At The Fort

Washington, D.C. isn't known as a mecca for tech startups, but if the folks at The Fort have their way, that soon will change.

This Week On Metro Connection: Taking Risks

This week we take a plunge, live on the edge and otherwise engage in risky business.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

PHOTOS: YouthBuild Public Charter School

Students at the YouthBuild Public Charter School spend almost half their time on a construction site learning the construction trade, and the other half pursuing their GED certificate.

Trayvon Martin Supporters Plan D.C. Rally Saturday

The death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin has sparked a federal investigation and protests, including one planned in downtown D.C.

Maryland's 'Move Over Law' Campaign Underway

A one-month campaign is underway to remind drivers to move over when emergency crews and officers are working along roadways.

Maryland Senators Take Up Helmet Bill For Moped Riders

Moped and motor scooter riders may soon be required to wear helmets and eye protection in Maryland.

D.C. Mayor Calls For Campaign Finance Reform

Amid an ongoing investigation into his and other D.C. officials' campaign finances, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is calling for reforms to the way campaigns are funded.

Maryland House Takes Up State Budget

The Maryland House will tackle the state's budget plan this week, and the debate over an income tax increase and other controversial proposals could spill over into the weekend.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Maryland Principal Accused Of Bullying Students, Teachers

In a strange twist on a typical education story -- it's the principal at a Montgomery County school who is being accused of bullying, according to a lawsuit filed by several teachers.

Sen. Mikulski Honored As Congress' Longest-Serving Woman

Even after more than 35 years in Congress, Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski continues to be an icon for women in politics. She was honored in the Senate on Wednesday.

Analysis: No. 2 Seed Lady Terps Eye Sweet 16

The only area team still in the midst of March Madness is the ladies of University of Maryland. Washington Post sports columnist Gene Wang talks about their chances against the defending champs on Sunday.

Maryland Considering Gas Tax Alternatives

A Republican proposal in Maryland's state senate would localize a gas tax, so that only commuters in counties that directly benefit from mass transit would pay more at the pumps.

Is Charm-ville A 'Silly' Name For Old Town Alexandria?

Alexandria is considering launching an advertising campaign to try and coin the nickname "Charm-ville" in its tourism advertisements.

Maryland Woman Works To Amend Jury Law For Shift Workers

Under current Maryland law, employers are not required to give workers on the late shift off for jury duty -- something an Upper Marlboro woman is working to change.

Animal Testing Laboratory In Frederick Scrapped

A planned animal testing laboratory in Frederick, Md. intended for the Army's testing of deadly pathogens has been scrapped after flaws were found in the planning.