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Monday, July 25, 2011

CQ Roll Call: Debt Ceiling Talks Drag On, Hundreds of FAA Furloughs in D.C. Area

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks about the latest news on Capitol Hill, including on-going debt ceiling negotiations between the House and the Senate, as well as the furlough of around 900 Federal Aviation Administration employees.

Md. Redistricting: Democrats Target Bartlett's Seat

Maryland Democrats are trying to gain another blue congressional seat as efforts to redistrict the state get under way.

After BG&E Turns On Power Saving Program, PSC Investigates

A Maryland regulatory panel is examining the use of Baltimore Gas and Electric's energy saving program.

Volunteers Gather To Beautify Arlington National Cemetery

Hundreds of volunteer landscapers are out at Arlington National Cemetery this morning to help beautify the grounds.

Virginia Lawmakers Still Debating Offshore Drilling

Virginia lawmakers are fighting for the state to get millions of dollars in revenue from allowing drilling off the state’s coast.

D.C. Schools Chancellor Talks Test Scores, Teacher Evaluations, And Next Year

Henderson served as the interim chancellor after Michelle Rhee left the post in October, and was confirmed as the new chancellor by the D.C. Council in June. She's now preparing for her first full school year as chancellor, and she sat down with WAMU's Kavitha Cardoza to talk about test scores and teacher evaluations from the previous academic year and plans for the new one.

Norwegians, Others Mourn At Norwegian Embassy

A life sized bronze statue of Princess Martha, one of Norway's most beloved figures, graces the entrance to the Norwegian Embassy in Northwest D.C. Now, white roses, candles, images of orthodox saints lie at the foot of the statue as expressions of sympathy over the massacre of almost 100 people in Oslo, Norway Friday.

Arrest Warrant To Be Issued For Suspect Involved In State Trooper Assault

According to police, James Howard, 54, of Hyattsville claimed he had crashed his car on the Beltway early Saturday morning, but when a state trooper arrived at the crash scene, the suspect allegedly cut the trooper's hand through the window of his cruiser, reports the Associated Press.

‘Art Beat’ With Sean Rameswaram

Screen on the Green returns to the Mall, Bauhaus is still in style and Ms. Fridrich gets emotional at the Black Cat.

Arlington Considers Future Of Its Last Dairy Farm

In Virginia, leaders in Arlington County are trying to determine the future of Reevesland, the last working dairy farm in what is now a thriving urban area.

Virginia To Consider Early Standardized Testing

Later this week, members of the Virginia Board of Education are set to take up a proposal that would allow school divisions to conduct standardized testing earlier for students in middle school, and retest those who fail.

Consider This By Fred Fiske: Media

It's interesting that while most of our institutions and businesses have been heading in the direction of amalgamation, increasing size and tighter control, the news industry seems to be returning to a means of dissemination, which more closely resembles the past.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

D.C. Metro Area Mourns Victims In Norway Massacre

Roses, sunflowers, candles, even images of orthodox saints are being left in front of the Norwegian Embassy, at the foot of a statue of Crown Princess Martha.

Massey Slurry Pollution Case Preparing For Trail

Judges hearing a coal slurry pollution case against Massey Energy say any reference to a 2010 mine explosion is off limits at trial, along with certain phrases in opening statements.

D.C. Council Members Call For Harry Thomas Jr.'s Resignation

A second D.C. Council member has called for the resignation of colleague Harry Thomas Jr.

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