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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Va. Ass't Principal Arrested For Child Pornography

An assistant principal at an elementary school in Virginia's Fauquier County is facing charges of possessing and distributing child pornography.

Mikulski: Metro Has Made Progress

Metro's general manager and chief safety officer met with local lawmakers Wednesday to present a progress report on safety measures ordered after the crash of a red line train two years ago.

Fairfax School Wins International Honor For Sustainability

Lanier Middle School's efforts to put environmentalism at the center of education have won them an award.

U.S. Open: Trees And Grass Don't Always Mix On A Golf Course

First round play begins this morning at the U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda. But just like the parking logistics for the huge event, it took close to two years to get the course ready for this day.

Same-Sex Divorce Considered In Maryland Courts

Opponents of same-sex marriage in Maryland have been able to defeat efforts to make those unions legal in the state. But a case heading to the Maryland Special Court Of Appeals could determine how the state will handle same-sex divorce proceedings.

New HIV/AIDS Cases In D.C. Down By Half

While D.C.'s HIV/AIDs rate remains at an epidemic level, the District is making gains in a number of areas, according to District health officials.

Food Fight Between Food Trucks & Restaurants Over D.C. Regulation

Food trucks have exploded in numbers in recent years, serving up everything from lobster rolls to Korean tacos. With their innovative use of social media, the District's food trucks have won themselves a lot of devotees, but they've also garnered some enemies. The battle between the eateries-on-wheels and their bricks-and-mortar brethren is the latest rage to hit the roads.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Empty Chair tackles a classic, Kingsley Flood doesn’t water down, and SAUCERIFEROUS!

McDonnell Signs 8 Energy Bills Into Law

Some environmental groups are applauding eight pieces of legislation that Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell says will help Virginia become the clean energy capital of the East Coast, but they also say the Commonwealth has a lot of catching up to do to compete with other states seeking the same designation.

Commentary By Christopher Imbrosciano: People With Disabilities Are Underrepresented In Performing Arts

This weekend the Round House Theatre in Bethesda, Md. is hosting a performance of "Inside/Out: Voices from the Disability Community." The show weaves together the stories of several cast members who are also members of the disability community. Commentator Christopher Imbrosciano is one of them. He says we need to do a better job of including people with disabilities in performing arts.

School Bus To Double As Mobile Farmers Market

It's a national problem that has become all too real for many residents of the District. Whole neighborhoods have little to no access to fresh produce. Now, one group trying to change that with a food caravan of sorts that crosses these "food deserts" with fresh fruits and vegetables.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Metro Shares Safety Changes Ahead Of Red Line Crash Anniversary

Nearly two years after a fatal Metro crash on the Red Line, local leaders are still pushing for safety improvements across the system.

At U.S. Open, Fans And Golfers Are Visitors, Birds Are Natives

While thousands will "flock" to Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., over the next four days for the U.S. Open, there will be some who will pay no attention to the golf.

Rally At Saudi Embassy Targets Ban On Female Drivers

Protesters in Washington are trying to bring attention to Saudi Arabia's ban on female drivers. They rallied outside the Saudi Embassy in downtown D.C. Tuesday afternoon.

The District's HIV/AIDS Report Shows Improvement

There are some new signs of progress in D.C.'s fight against HIV/AIDS, revealed in an annual report released by the D.C. government. While the number of new cases has dropped, the overall prevalence of HIV remains at epidemic levels.

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