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Friday, April 22, 2011

On Earth Day, National Zoo Preaches And Practices Conservation

For Earth Day, the National Zoo is offering activities to teach children about conservation. But the Zoo is also trying to become a better steward of D.C.'s local environment.

George Mason Basketball Coach Heads To Miami

George Mason men's basketball coach Jim Larranaga is leaving the Fairfax, Va., school. He's accepted an offer from the University of Miami to become the new head coach.

Latest Maryland News

BALTIMORE (AP) The discovery of a missing North Carolina teen's body in a Maryland river brings the investigation of her disappearance into a new phase. The body of Phylicia Barnes, who disappeared while visiting her older half-siblings in Baltimore on Dec. 28, was one of two bodies found Wednesday near the Conowingo Dam on the Susquehanna River. Barnes' 17th birthday was Jan. 12.

Latest Virginia News

A Virginia Department of Transportation scientist says the agency could save money and help the environment if it composted roadkill. Bridget Donaldson says the agency's current disposal methods contain environmental hazards.

VDOT reportedly spends more than $4 million on roadkill removal and disposal every year.

Maryland News Roundup

From MarylandReporter.com:SCHAEFER'S LAST ROAD TRIP: The Baltimore Sun's Jean Marbella details the two-hour motorcade journey on Monday that will take the body of former Baltimore Mayor and Gov. William Donald Schaefer through the city that he loved one last time. Residents can say their last goodbyes to Schaefer along the motorcade or as he lies in state in Annapolis or Baltimore's City Hall. The Sun's Michael Dresser writes which streets will be closed for Schaefer's motorcade, and when. WBAL TV has a video report.

Lawsuit Filed Against Washington Harbor Managers After Flood

The managers of Washington Harbour on the Georgetown waterfront are facing a $5 million dollar lawsuit after the complex flooded this week.

Metro Bus Driver Hired Despite Criminal Charges

Metro is investigating why one of its bus drivers was reinstated after he allegedly ran his bus into a minivan and caused one death in 2008.

Officials are also examining why the driver Ronald Taylor was hired in the first place, considering his earlier criminal record.

Downtown D.C. Seeks To Be Seen As Eco-District

Businesses in downtown D.C. are trying to reinvent the area as an "eco-district," and they're taking steps to ensure it's more than just a name.

D.C.'s Solar Industry Seeks Help From Council

D.C.'s solar industry says it's in crisis after one of the key ways to finance the panels is in jeopardy. Now, it's looking to the D.C. Council for help.

Green Expo Encourages Small Changes for Clean Living

Making small changes can have a big impact on the environment, that's the message the town of Vienna, Va. had in mind for its Green Expo.

Anti-Bullying Activists Look To Teachers, Peers For Support

Activists are praising a new D.C. bill designed to promote anti-bullying policies from the classroom to the basketball courts. But they say the real power to counteract chronic bullying lies with parents, teachers and students.

Virginia Library Acquires Letter Written By Robert E. Lee

In Virginia, the Special Collections Department of the Alexandria Library has a new document from a very old source: a handwritten letter from Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

Local Politicians Mull Lawsuit Against Pentagon

Localities in Northern Virginia are considering a lawsuit against the Pentagon. Its own Inspector General says the choice to move thousands of its workers to the Mark Center in Alexandria was a mistake.

D.C. Hosts World Premiere Of Opera About Government Corruption

Next week Wolf Trap is performing the world premiere of a comical opera called "The Inspector".

Maryland Leaders To Head To Asia In May

Maryland state leaders will head to Asia in May on a trade mission. Gov. Martin O'Malley will lead the trip, which will make stops in China, South Korea and Vietnam.

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