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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Fairfax Superintendent Outlines Proposed Discipline Changes

In Virginia, the superintendent of Fairfax's Public School system is recommending changes to the district's discipline policy in response to pressure from parents and some school board members.

VDOT Performs Homeless Sweep At I-95 Interchange

Virginia's Department of Transportation is forcing groups of homeless people camped out near an I-95 interchange in Prince William County to pack up and move out by midnight Thursday.

D.C. Fire Department Introduces Patient Bill Of Rights

D.C.'s firefighters are fast becoming the frontline workers in health care. Eight in 10 calls to 911 are now are for medical help. In response, the city's Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department is adding a patient bill of rights.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Jenna Fournel: A 'Brave Experiment' Creates An Artistic Breakthrough

Commentator Jenna Fournel, from the D.C.-based Center for Inspired Teaching, reflects on how a teacher in a high school summer program turned her into an artist.

Politics And Prose Finds New Owners

Politics and Prose, the bookstore and D.C. institution for 27 years, is changing hands. The store announced this week that two former Washington Post journalists -- Bradley Graham and his wife Lissa Muscatine -- are the soon-to-be owners.

Health Rankings Released For D.C., Maryland And Virginia

When comparing D.C. to the rest of the country in terms of overall health, a new study says residents of the nation's capital are more likely to die earlier and less likely to graduate from high school.

High School Student Brings Loaded Gun To Maryland School

A 15-year-old Tuscarora High School student is behind bars and faces criminal charges for bringing a fully loaded .22 caliber revolver to school. He made his first court appearance Wednesday.

Power Breakfast: Diverse Views On U.S. Military Action In Libya

From Capitol News Connection:

Mississippi Senators Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker are both Republicans; they have similar voting records. But they don't exactly see eye-to-eye on how to assess the President's approach so far in Libya.

Pr. George's County Exec. Delivers First State Of The Economy Address

In Prince George's County, Md., Executive Rushern Baker is mapping out the economic future for the county.

D.C. Parent Program Lets 'Wise Elders' Pass On Advice

Guiding children through adolescence is especially difficult for parents navigating those years for the first time.

Vigil To Honor Victims Of Southeast Drive-By

In the District Wednesday, a vigil will be held to remember the four young people killed in a drive-by shooting in Southeast.

On Anniversary Of South Capitol Street Shootings, A Push For Reform

One year after the South Capitol Street shootings, a council member is pushing to revamp how the District identifies and treats troubled young people.

Maryland's Schools Superintendent Announces Retirement

Maryland's State Schools Superintendent, Nancy Grasmick, announced her retirement Wednesday. Grasmick says after 20 years on the job, she's looking for more flexibility in her life.

Board Recommends Names For Sliver Line Metro Stations

In Virginia, there are now proposed names for some of the Metrorail stations that will eventually open on the new Silver Line.

Frederick County Teen Accused Of Taking Loaded Gun To School

In Maryland, the 15-year-old boy who was arrested for bringing a loaded handgun into a Frederick County high school made his first court appearance Wednesday afternoon.

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