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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Virginia Law Gets Tougher On Teen Drunk Drivers

In Virginia, teens convicted of driving after consuming virtually any amount of alcohol will face harsher penalties starting July 1.

Folklife Festival Underway Today

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is underway today on the National Mall.

Sierra Club Volunteers Petition To Close Down GenOn's Coal Fire Electric Plant

Volunteers from The Sierra Club are raising awareness on smog and soot issues on Mount Vernon Trail, not too far from GenOn's Coal Fire Electric Plant.

Alexandria Holds Meeting On Potomac Yard Metro

A meeting is planned tonight for residents of Alexandria, Va. over a proposed Metrorail station at Potomac Yard.

Metro, P.G. County Police Team Up For Crime Enforcement

In Prince George's County, Metro police patrolled stations with county police Wednesday evening in an outreach campaign with a dual purpose.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

MetroAccess TB Lawsuit Has Some Wondering: 'When Are Drivers Tested?'

A class action lawsuit filed June 28 that claims a MetroAccess bus driver may have exposed riders to Tuberculosis is raising questions about health screening provided by Metro and the driver's employer, MV Transportation.

Fairfax County Manager Outlines Plan To Keep Citizens Out Of Police Review

Members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in Virginia are considering a plan to have a county auditor investigate allegations of police misconduct. The county manager and police chief support a recommendation that would prevent citizen involvement in the oversight process.

First Female IMF Chief Attended All-Girls School In Bethesda

Christine Lagarde, the first woman to head the International Monetary Fund, is an alumna of Holton-Arms, a school in Bethesda, Md.

Phase 2 Of Chesapeake Bay Cleanup To Have Local Focus

Chesapeake Bay states are hammering out Phase II of their plans to curtail the flow of pollution into the Bay, which will set new criteria for local governments.

Susan Oliver: A Teacher Unlocks Hidden Talents

Susan Oliver is a communications consultant in Waterford, Va. She grew up on Long Island, N.Y., where a singing solo and a teacher's encouragement helped her feel powerful for the first time.

Sky Express Driver's Wife: He Didn't Want To Drive Before 1-95 Crash

The wife of a Sky Express bus driver, involved in an accident on I-95 that left four people dead, says her husband got behind the wheel because he feared for his job.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Source Festival showcases theater and talent while three artists revisit the places from their pasts at the Stamp Gallery.

'Blue Tide' Of Police Aims To Keep Metro Safe In P.G. County

Prince George's County police are partnering with Metro police Wednesday in an outreach campaign designed to reduce crime in and around the county's transit stations.

MoCo Police Celebrate Anniversary Of Crisis Intervention Team

Police in Montgomery County, Md., are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their Crisis Intervention Team. Officers on the team receive training in identifying mental illness.

Maryland Assessment Scores Up, But Not In Baltimore

The 2011 Maryland School Assessment scores show continued gains in reading and math among elementary and middle school children, but not every school system saw improvements.

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