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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Loudoun Supervisors Not Sold On Dulles Rail Compromise

County leaders in Northern Virginia are mulling over a deal that would bring down the cost of the planned Dulles Metrorail station by $1 billion.

D.C.P.S. Resolves Part Of Special Ed Class Action Suit

D.C. Public Schools has reduced the backlog of cases involving special education students waiting to meet with hearing officers, meaning the District has been released from a part of a longstanding class action lawsuit Blackman-Jones.

D.C. Mayor Looks Into Sexual Assault In Summer Jobs Program

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is defending city hiring practices after a city employee was charged with sexually assaulting a teenager. The employee was a paroled criminal.

‘Art Beat’ With Sean Rameswaram

The Capital Fringe Festival takes Northwest Washington by storm, the National Symphony Orchestra tunes up at Wolf Trap, and Odd Birds nest at the Artists' Gallery in Columbia.

Decision On Charter Schools Today In Montgomery County

Later this morning, Board of Education members in Montgomery County could approve plans for the first charter school in the county.

Capital Fringe Festival Kicks Off Today

Today is the first day of the Capital Fringe Festival: biggest unjuried festival of self-produced theater in the region.

Maryland Police Reviewing Surveillance Videos To Identify Speed Camera Attacker

Maryland State Police say they're reviewing surveillance videos from local businesses in search of clues to a suspect who attacked a speed camera enforcement car yesterday.

D.C. Joint Arson Task Force Arrest Suspect For Setting Multiple Fires

A joint arson task force that included the D.C fire department, federal agents, and other jurisdictions has nabbed a serial arsonist whose crimes go back at least four years.

Study Names D.C. As Second "Least Obese" State In Country

Washington D.C. has been named the second "least obese" state in the country, according to the 2011 report "F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future." But experts warn that the average obesity rate in the District masks very large disparities among residents.

Bullying Top Concern for Va. Public School Students

Virginia's public school principals and superintendents say bullying has become the chief worry among their students.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Dalai Lama Kicks Off 10-Day Event In D.C.

Hundreds of people, many of them monks in long red religious garments, began streaming into the Verizon Center this morning for the opening prayers of the Dalai Lama's event in D.C. this week.

Arlington Co. Aims to Save Historic Garden Apartments

The Arlington County Board is getting ready to approve a comprehensive list of historic commercial and apartment buildings. It's the first such list to be created anywhere in the region.

New Employment Site Compiles D.C. Region's 'Green Jobs'

Job seekers have a new online tool for finding green jobs across the region.

Virginia Agencies To Check For Undocumented Workers

A Virginia government review board says state agencies and their contractors are not doing enough to make sure that the workers they hire are legal, and they're advocating for wider use of the electronic E-Verify system.

Fairfax County Fights Bill That Could Allow Taller Cell Towers

Members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors are worried that a bill under consideration in Congress would undermine their local zoning authority.

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