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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.

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.

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.

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.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Latest Virginia News

The University of Virginia has identified the student who died after falling from the roof of the physics building at the Charlottesville school.

Daytime Robbery At National Mall Under Investigation

As hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to downtown Washington and the Tidal Basin for the National Cherry Blossom Festival, it appears some thieves could be waiting to strike.

Needle Exchange Could Lose Funding

A program in the District to fight HIV/AIDS by providing clean needles to drug users is at risk of losing its federal funding, and that has local activists taking the fight to Capitol Hill.

Power Breakfast: Budget Cuts Slash Funding For Cyber-crime Investigators

From Capitol News Connection:

Today, before she returns to Washington, South Florida, Democrat Debbie Wasserman Schultz is going to her own state capital to get involved in a way that's a bit unusual for any member of Congress.

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