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Thursday, May 26, 2011

U.S. House Bill Could Lead To Mark Center Delay

Critics of the Defense Department's new Mark Center building are a step closer to getting a delay in the arrival of thousands of federal workers to the new complex in Alexandria.

Commentary By Calvin Jackson: Teachers Need To Innovate And See Past Students' 'Issues'

Improving teacher performance has recently been a focus of debate in D.C. public schools, but rarely are the students themselves asked to weigh in. Commentator Calvin Jackson is about to graduate from a D.C. public school, and has a few suggestions for educators.

After Wheelchair Incident, Metro Reviews Policies

After a video surfaced on the Internet of a confrontation between a man in a wheelchair and Metro police, the transit agency is discovering its officers have very little guidance on how to treat people with disabilities.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Contain, Maintain, Sustain and a little misadventure and friendship dance.

'Lost' Communities In Virginia Find New Life

There are thousands of once-thriving communities throughout Virginia, some now long gone with few visible signs of life. A team of professors with Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture and Urban Studies is bringing some of these once-bustling places back to life.

Redistricting Riles D.C. Residents, Council Members

The District's plan to redraw its ward boundaries is moving forward after a subcommittee meeting on the topic Thursday. As Council member Jack Evans noted at the beginning of the meeting, redistricting is the one issue that gets people the maddest.

Former Teacher Gets 25 Years For Child Porn In Va.

A former teacher has been sentenced to 25 years in prison on child pornography charges in Virginia, after admitting a decades-long pattern of molesting teenage boys in the United States and Japan.

Gardeners Cultivate Crime-Fighting Instincts

It has become a rite of spring. Every year, flowers at the Newark Street Community Garden begin to bloom. Then every year, gardener Marcia Stein says, a thief comes and takes the blossoms away.

Park Service Wants To Use Sharpshooters On Deer Population

The National Park Service is considering using sharpshooters, among other ideas, to control growing white-tailed deer populations on Civil War battlefields in Maryland and Virginia.

Carjackings Raise Concerns About Safety Of Metro Garages

A string of two carjackings at Metro stations in Maryland have some fearing for their safety when they park in Metro facilities.

Enviro Groups: Bay Cleanup Plan Not Unreasonable

Environmental groups led by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation are trying to join a legal battle over Chesapeake Bay restoration plans.

Heading To The Beach Friday? Leave Before 10 A.M.

The number of travelers to the Eastern Shore over Memorial Day weekend is expected to grow from last year's numbers, and transportation authorities have a suggestion to avoid the crunch.

BRAC Move Could Be Delayed After House Vote

The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote today on a bill that could affect plans to move more than 6,000 federal workers to the new Mark Center complex in Alexandria this fall.

Fairfax School Board To Vote On Teacher Pay Raises

Fairfax County's Public School Board will cast a final vote tonight on the budget for the coming year, and board members are expected to give teachers some good news.

Anacostia Catfish Warning Doesn't Deter Daily Catch

For years, the District Department of the Environment has advised anglers not to eat the catfish they catch. But some fisherman are not heeding the warning, and environmentalists want to know why.

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