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Friday, May 27, 2011

Daily Briefing's David Hawkings: GOP Sticks To Budget Plans, For Now

Republicans hold tight to budget and health care plans, despite losing the special election in New York, says David Hawkings, editor of CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing. Hawkings also tells Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey that the Senate is symbolically staying in session next week.

WaPo's Bob McCartney: Va. To Get A Break On BRAC

WAMU Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey interviews Washington Post Metro columnist Robert McCartney on the BRAC moves expected to affect military installations in the region and the plans to redistrict D.C.

Metro Track Work To Shut Chunks Of Orange, Blue Lines

Large portions of Metro rail's Orange and Blue lines will be closed this weekend as the system undertakes a major track improvement.

Ocean City Launches Free Events Website

If you’re looking for free things to do in Ocean City, Md., this summer, a new website launched by the city offers an all-in-one solution to help keep your budget in line.

Fairfax Teachers to Get First Pay Raise Since 2008

Employees of Fairfax County's public school district will be getting a bump in salary for the first time in three years.

More Toddlers Enrolling In Language Immersion

Foreign language immersion classes for very young students are popping up across the D.C. area, and instructors say learning another language is becoming the new standard.

D.C. Redistricting Plan Proceeds, Despite Contentious Hearing

Once every decade, jurisdictions are required to redraw their political boundaries based on the latest census figures. Not surprisingly, the process can sometimes get messy, and the District is no exception.

Metro To Shorten Station Names

Metro has a problem. The names of some of its train stations are too long, and the transportation agency is now attempting to shorten some of those lengthy names.

Gardeners Seek To Stem Flower Thefts

With summer comes fresh produce, and, unfortunately, a seedier side of the gardening world. Faced with a rash of flower thefts, some gardeners in Northwest Washington are determined to fight back.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

U.S. House Bill Could Lead To Mark Center Delay

Critics of the Defense Department's new Mark Center building are a step closer to getting a delay in the arrival of thousands of federal workers to the new complex in Alexandria.

Commentary By Calvin Jackson: Teachers Need To Innovate And See Past Students' 'Issues'

Improving teacher performance has recently been a focus of debate in D.C. public schools, but rarely are the students themselves asked to weigh in. Commentator Calvin Jackson is about to graduate from a D.C. public school, and has a few suggestions for educators.

After Wheelchair Incident, Metro Reviews Policies

After a video surfaced on the Internet of a confrontation between a man in a wheelchair and Metro police, the transit agency is discovering its officers have very little guidance on how to treat people with disabilities.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Contain, Maintain, Sustain and a little misadventure and friendship dance.

'Lost' Communities In Virginia Find New Life

There are thousands of once-thriving communities throughout Virginia, some now long gone with few visible signs of life. A team of professors with Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture and Urban Studies is bringing some of these once-bustling places back to life.

Redistricting Riles D.C. Residents, Council Members

The District's plan to redraw its ward boundaries is moving forward after a subcommittee meeting on the topic Thursday. As Council member Jack Evans noted at the beginning of the meeting, redistricting is the one issue that gets people the maddest.

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