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Friday, July 1, 2011

Delaware Hopes To Ease Holiday Bottleneck With New EZPass Lanes

If you're heading north from the D.C. area for July 4, the state of Delaware may have some good news for you, as far as traffic goes.

Leslie Johnson May Keep Serving On County Council, For Now

Prince George's County Council member Leslie Johnson pleaded guilty yesterday to destruction of evidence charges in an FBI corruption case targeting her husband former county executive Jack Johnson. But Johnson isn't leaving the spotlight just yet.

Lalaram Guyadin: Seeing The Down Side Of American Diet

Commentator Lalaram Guyadin moved to Washington from Guyana four years ago to attend school. It wasn't language or making friends that provided the biggest challenge, but getting used to American eating habits, and he says those cultural differences can teach us a lot about the way we consume foods.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Commentary by Adam Tenner: We Can't Lose Focus On HIV/AIDS

This month marks 30 years since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published its first-ever health advisory on AIDS. It's a disease that has hit D.C. particularly hard, with studies showing more than 3 percent of its residents have been affected. Commentator Adam Tenner, executive Director of Metro TeenAIDS, says more needs to be done in the D.C. area to protect young people from the risk still posed by the ongoing epidemic.

Program Provides Mental Health Training To Police Officers

Police in Montgomery County are touting the benefits of their Crisis Intervention Team. Officers on the team have received training on how to identify mental illness.

EPA Grants Temporary Pesticide Use For Stink Bug Emergency

The Environmental Protection Agency is allowing several states in the area to temporarily expand their use of pesticides to fight an invasive stink bug.

Nancy Grasmick Looks Back On 20 Years As Maryland's Schools Chief

Today Nancy Grasmick, the Maryland state superintendent of schools, steps down after twenty years on the job. She is the longest-serving schools chief in the country.

4-Year-Old Shot By Another Child In Prince George's County

Police in Prince George's County, Md., say a 4-year-old boy is recovering from a gunshot wound to the back, and they say the shot came from 5-year-old boy.

WTU Pres. Calls Teacher Evaluations 'Racist' Ahead Of Ratings Release

Nathan Saunders, elected head of the Washington Teachers' Union in December, is vowing to do away with D.C. Public Schools' teacher evaluation system, called IMPACT, saying the system is racist and unfair.

Study Finds Racial Disparity In Care For D.C. Patients With Strokes

A study published Thursday takes a look at patients experiencing the most common type of stroke, an ischemic stroke. Researchers at Georgetown University found that black patients were one-third less likely than white patients to receive the best drug available to treat that kind of stroke.

GMU Linguistics Dep't. Archiving World's English Accents

Want to hear how someone speaks English with a Dinka accent, from Sudan? How about a Mortlockese accent from Micronesia? You can find out at George Mason University in Northern Virginia (and its website), which keeps the world's largest online database of English accents.

Poll Shows Virginia Senate Race In Dead Heat

A new poll in Virginia from Quinnipiac University Polling Institute shows registered voters are split over who should take the U.S. Senate seat.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Folklife on the National Mall, the Louvre at the National Gallery of Art and Reefer Madness at Theatre Project.

Alcohol Tax Hike In Maryland Goes Into Effect Tomorrow

The first increase in Maryland's alcohol tax in nearly 40 years goes into effect Friday.

Leslie Johnson Pleads Guilty To Felony Charge Of Destroying Evidence

Leslie Johnson, the Prince George's County Council member caught up in corruption scandal alongside her husband, former County Executive Jack Johnson, pleaded guilty to one felony county of destroying evidence at U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, Md. this morning.

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