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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

ACLU Says PW Co. Schools Block LGBT Websites

The American Civil Liberties Union says the public school district in Prince William County, Virginia is violating the rights of students and employees by blocking access to certain websites through school computers.

Alcohol Tax Hike Yes, Gas Tax Hike No In Maryland

The Maryland General Assembly approved one tax hike, but shut down attempts to raise another.

Capital Bikeshare Delays Intalling New Arlington Stations

Capital Bikeshare has delayed the installation of four new stations in Rosslyn and Courthouse in Arlington, Va.

Gray Says Plans For More Action Are Underway

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray says more actions are being planned to bring attention to the city's lack of autonomy.

Meet The Candidates In The At-Large Council Race

On April 26, District voters will head back to the polls to elect an at-large D.C. Council member for the seat vacated by Council member Kwame Brown, who is now council chair. Sekou Biddle is currently holding the seat in the interim.

We got video of some of the candidates when they came in to talk platforms, politics and other District issues with WAMU's Kojo Nnamdi recently. The rest of the candidates seeking the seat will have their turns in Nnamdi's studio Friday.

Police Search For Shooting Suspect In Virginia

Police in Fairfax County, Va., are now looking for a suspect who reportedly shot two people -- one fatally -- in a barber shop in the Belle View Shopping Center Wednesday afternoon.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

The Go! Team at 9:30, Fragments at the Kennedy Center, and the art and science of multitasking.

Police Plan 'High Visibility' In Prince George's Metro Stations

Police plan to have a visible presence at 15 Metro station in Prince George's County, Md., during Wednesday's afternoon commute.

D.C. Considers Online Gambling

The District of Columbia is becoming the first U.S. jurisdiction to allow Internet gambling, moving ahead of traditional gaming meccas like New Jersey and Nevada.

Sydney Harman, Newsweek Chairman And Harman/Kardon Founder, Dies

A man who's name was synonymous with high-end audio equipment has died. Syndey Harman died in Washington last night at the age of 92.

Emily Gasoi: A Quiet Victory For The Pack

Emily Gasoi is a local educator and graduate student. Gasoi says that while she's had many notable learning experiences throughout her life, her memories of nursery school remain among her most formative.

Maryland News Roundup

From MarylandReporter.com: More than 150 bills were signed into law yesterday including one to allow police to use wiretaps to investigate human trafficking and one to implement federal health care reform.

Ethics Reform Law Signed For Prince George's County

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has signed two ethics reform bills for Prince George's County.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Metro Hikes Not Keeping People From Riding During Peak Hours

Riders may not like paying an extra 20 cents to take Metrorail during peak hours, but Metro says last year's price bump is not stopping people from riding during the height of rush hours.

Gas Prices Squeeze Consumers

This week the price of a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline hit an average of $3.77. Many analysts say it won't be long until we reach the $4 mark, and some have even predicted $5 gas by late summer.

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