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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Manassas Park Seeks Exemption From Parts Of Voting Rights Act, Gets Support

The Justice Department is supporting a legal effort by the Virginia city of Manassas Park that would grant relief from portions of the Voting Rights Act.

D.C. Council Looks To Restore Public's Confidence

With several unresolved scandals among the District's politicians, two more D.C. Council members have offered suggestions for improvement.

For Some In D.C., Greening Infrastructure Proves Frustrating

When it comes to slowing down pollution, nature can sometimes do a better job than humans or machines. There's a place in Northeast D.C. where that idea is being used to filter stormwater.

Kaya Henderson Confirmed As D.C. Schools Chancellor

It's official: Kaya Henderson is D.C.'s permanent schools chief. Henderson was confirmed Tuesday by a unanimous vote at the D.C. Council.

No Child Left Behind: Education Secretary Says He Will Act If Congress Doesn't

The U.S. secretary of education says if Congress doesn't reauthorize No Child Left Behind, he'll deal with schools directly. The announcement has ruffled some feathers in Virginia.

D.C. Drinking Water Satisfies Standards But Quality Can Vary

The D.C. Water and Sewer Authority has released its 2010 drinking water quality report. The results will be sent to every household in the District.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

It's summer and the District has the art, music and existentialism to prove it.

Kwame Brown's Brother Filed For Bankruptcy Before Release Of April Audit

Court records show that Che Brown, the brother of D.C. Council Chair Kwame Brown and a key figure in the scandal surrounding Kwame Brown's 2008 election campaign, filed for bankruptcy in March.

Aerial Boardwalk Tram Proposal Pulled In Ocean City

Proponents of a proposal to construct a monorail-like tram 85 feet above the Ocean City Boardwalk have withdrawn the idea after developers met with city officials.

Monday, June 20, 2011

New Study Urges Parents To Supervise Kids In Portable Pools

In warmer summer weather, more people use portable backyard pools for relief from the heat and as a fun play space for their children. But new figures on drownings in these pools have some experts saying there's cause for concern.

Rep. Van Hollen Continues To Haggle Over Debt Ceiling

Maryland Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen is a part of a bipartisan group of lawmakers meeting again this week to try to mend a disagreement on raising the nation's debt ceiling.

Maryland Launches Study On Internet Sales Tax

Maryland officials have commissioned a study to find out just how much tax revenue the state is losing to Internet sales and how to recapture the money.

U.S. Open: Crowd Can't Get Enough Of McIlroy At Final

The final day at the U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda felt like a coronation as the winner, Rory McIlroy, left thousands of fans and his fellow golfers in awe.

Bomb Threat Temporarily Shuts Down Reagan National Airport

Federal authorities in the District and Ohio are investigating a bomb threat made from an airport ticket counter Sunday that closed Reagan National Airport for a portion of the afternoon.

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's Popularity Plunges

In the District, the ongoing scandals surrounding Mayor Vincent Gray and other city lawmakers are taking their toll. New numbers suggest the mayor's popularity has declined since his victory over Adrian Fenty.

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