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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Security At D.C.-Run Juvenile Justice Center In Question

New questions are being raised about the safety and security of a juvenile detention center in Maryland that houses young people from the District.

Former Maryland Governor William Donald Schaefer Dead At 89

William Donald Schaefer, who had served as both Maryland governor and Baltimore mayor during a lengthy political career, has died. He was 89.

Schaefer will lie in repose Monday at the State House in Annapolis and next Tuesday at Baltimore's City Hall.

Georgetown Waterfront Cleanup Still Underway

Crews are still working furiously to pump out the lower level of the Washington Harbor complex on the Georgetown waterfront, after last night's high tide once again flooded the area.

Power Breakfast: Social Insecurity

From Capitol New Connection -- Until now, Social Security has mostly stayed out of the budget fray. That's likely to change, however, when Congress reconvenes in May.

This story is the first installment in a two-part "Social Insecurity" series.

Va. Redistricting: Prince William Co. Chair Slams State Plan

In Virginia, Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chair Corey Stewart continues to be one of the loudest critics of the redistricting plans emerging from Virginia's General Assembly. In Prince William County, he'd rather see the state go with something closer to his board's strategy for resetting voting districts.

D.C., Nationals Still Wrangling Over Late-Night Metro

Better hope the next Nationals home game doesn't go to extra innings.

The baseball team and the District have yet to hammer out an agreement over who foots the bill for any after-hours Metro trains.

Montgomery County Switches On Solar Power

Officials in Montgomery County now have more than one reason to pray for sunny days. (Actually, they have 1,250.)

The county marked the installation of its first solar power panels on government buildings Monday afternoon.

Federal Funding Aims To Alleviate BRAC Traffic in Md., Va.

Maryland's Montgomery County and portions of Northern Virginia are set to receive $300 million in federal funding to relieve the congestion expected to result from U.S. military's upcoming base closure and realignment.

Unions Protest Dulles Rail Press Conference

Local politicians in Northern Virginia want non-union contractors to be able to work on the Dulles Metrorail project, and that view is making union activists furious.

Virginia Redistricting Plans Lack Consensus

Members of the Virginia General Assembly are reworking plans for redistricting, after Gov. Bob McDonnell vetoed a previous proposal. A House committee unanimously approved a new version this week, but a consensus among all the players has yet to emerge.

Commentary By Peg Hacskaylo: Preserving Victim Services

It's budget season in the District of Columbia. Mayor Vincent Gray has released his vision of a spending plan -- to close a budget gap of more than $300 million. Now the D.C Council must reevaluate it's priorities. Commentator Peg Hacskaylo, executive director of the nonprofit District Alliance for Safe Housing, is asking the city to remember victims of domestic violence.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Go global from the comfort of your beltway. The region offers a number of ways to enrich your global perspective this week.

Taffety Punk's Vision: Affordable Theater For All

A group called Taffety Punk is bringing an inventive, low-budget approach to producing plays in the D.C. area. Its credo is: "Artist-centered, exciting, affordable" and the theater company's newest effort is called "The Car Plays".

Monday, April 18, 2011

William Schaefer, Former Maryland Governor, Dies

William Donald Schaefer has died. The former Maryland governor and four-term Baltimore mayor was 89.

Former UVA Lacrosse Player Indicted On Murder Charges

A grand jury in Virginia has indicted George Huguely, a former University of Virginia lacrosse player, in the death of a member of the women's lacrosse team whom he was dating.

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