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Friday, July 8, 2011

University of Maryland Students Look For Watershed Moment at Solar Decathlon

What if every home in the Chesapeake Bay area was built with the bay in mind? Students at the University of Maryland say that’s exactly what their house – called WaterShed – for the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon is all about.

Experts Suggest Stronger Efforts To Combat Obesity In D.C. Area

There are policies in place in the District to try and halt the growing rates of obesity. But experts say that isn't enough.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Human Landscape Dance does the Odysseus and the Icarus, a Ukulele festival, South County shots and Animal Collective finally plays its last album's namesake.

Results For The 2011 Standardized Test Scores For D.C.P.S. Have Been Released

The preliminary results of the 2011 standardized tests for D.C. Public Schools has been released. While there have been increases at the secondary school level, this is the second year elementary school scores have fallen.

Castleton Farms Brings Unique Music Festival To Rappahannock County, Va.

The winding roads of Rappahannock County in Virginia are scenic and sparsely populated -- with approximately 26 people per square mile. But each summer the number swells by about a thousand people per day, as visitors and participants converge on a unique summer festival called Castleton Farms.

Trial Date Set In Lululemon Homicide

An October 24 trial date has been set for a woman charged with killing a coworker at an upscale yoga clothing shop in Bethesda.

CQ Roll Call: Obama Continues Debt Ceiling Talks This Weekend, Congress Works On Cutting Its Own Budget

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, offers the latest news on Capitol Hill, including the continuing talks on the deficit reductions and Congress' plan to cut its own budget.

WaPo's McCartney: Voters Decide On Maryland DREAM Act, D.C.P.S. Releases This Years Test Scores

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney gives an analysis of this week's top news, including the fate the DREAM Act in Maryland, and the release of the latest test scores for elementary and secondary schools in the District.

Weekend Delays On Inner Loop

Construction work on the Wilson Bridge Project will cause delays this weekend on the Capital Beltway.

Power Plant Generating Dangerous Emissions Over Potomac River

Dangerous emissions from the Potomac River generating station are wafting across the river into Ward 8, causing harmful breathing conditions, especially for those with respiratory problems.

FTA Head: McDonnell To Pitch In $150 Million More To Dulles Metrorail

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell may be pitching in more money to the Dulles Metrorail project, despite his recent complaints that its cost has grown too high.

A Sneak Peak At Metro's New Train Cars

In a few years, Metro is getting rid of a quarter of its old rail cars, the ones that crumpled like telescopes in the 2009 Red Line train crash and were deemed unsafe by federal investigators. And in its place will be a fleet of all new train cars.

Riders Tell Metro: Shorten Station Names!

With a new subway line in Northern Virginia on the horizon, Metro is revamping its iconic map. And since it’s going to be changing the map, Metro is also looking to change the names of some of its stations.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Loudoun Supervisors Not Sold On Dulles Rail Compromise

County leaders in Northern Virginia are mulling over a deal that would bring down the cost of the planned Dulles Metrorail station by $1 billion.

D.C.P.S. Resolves Part Of Special Ed Class Action Suit

D.C. Public Schools has reduced the backlog of cases involving special education students waiting to meet with hearing officers, meaning the District has been released from a part of a longstanding class action lawsuit Blackman-Jones.

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