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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Frederick Schools, Parents Fight Over Banning Textbook

The Frederick County School board will not remove a textbook that's raising eyebrows among some parents from the school's curriculum, at least for now.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Skepticism About New Cigarette Labeling at Local Tobacco Shop

The Food and Drug Administration is forcing tobacco companies to make the most significant changes in cigarette packaging in 25 years, but not everyone thinks it'll make a difference.

Md. Could Lose $2 Million Per Home Game If NFL Cancels Season

Maryland, which is home to two NFL football teams, would lose an estimated $40 million in tax revenues if the NFL's season is canceled because of a labor dispute, according to the Maryland comptroller's office.

New Virginia Laws Offer 'Second Chance' For Ex-Offenders

Virginia state officials have launched a renewed effort to help ex-offenders adjust to life “on the outside."

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Silverdocs, wooden works, a plein air showdown and plenty of theater productions.

DOT To Audit Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority

The Obama Administration will conduct an audit of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA), after the Authority's handling of the Dulles Metrorail extension has come under fire.

Officials Link Man Detained During Pentagon Scare To 2010 Shootings

Officials tell the Associated Press that evidence has linked the man who was detained near the Pentagon Friday, Yonathan Melaku, to shootings at military buildings in 2010.

Md. Becomes First State To Require Environmental Literacy

The Maryland State Board of Education has voted to require students across the state be environmentally literate before they graduate from high school.

Traffic Light Computer System Restored In Montgomery County

Traffic lights are back to normal in Montgomery County, Md., after a hectic morning commute.

Activists Look To Illuminate Lighting Issues

Some environmental activists want to shed light on the subject of energy use, and they say the District's street lamps are a good place to start.

First Dominion 'TrailMix' To Blend Environmental Cleanup, Fitness

Virginia's first lady, Maureen McDonnell, is trying to bring more attention to the 45-mile-long Washington and Old Dominion Trail. She visited Arlington County Wednesday to kick off that effort.

Families Of Metro Crash Victims Share Raw Emotions

Two years ago, a packed rush-hour Metro train traveling at nearly full-speed crashed into another train near the Fort Totten station. It was the deadliest accident in Metro's history. Families shared grief, and anger, at a memorial service Wednesday.

Frederick County Examines Third-Grade Social Studies Textbook

The Frederick County School Board in Maryland is reviewing a third-grade social studies textbook, which some parents say is promoting a liberal agenda.

James Abbatiello: Would I Be A Good Dad?

James Abbatiello, a science teacher at Hammond Middle School in Virginia, learned he would be a good father when he saved someone else's son.

Tune Inn Fire: D.C. Takes To Twitter

A fire struck Capitol Hill restaurant and bar Tune Inn around 7 a.m. today, and caused moderate damage, according to D.C. Fire and EMS.

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