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Friday, April 20, 2012

Maryland Shelter Finds Homes For Unlucky Pooches

A dog shelter in rural Maryland places dogs who are down on their luck, including an 11-year-old Shepherd mix named Grizzly.

Maryland Picks New State Superintendent Of Schools

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley named Dr. Lillian Lowery as the new Superintendent of Schools for the state based on her success in Delaware.

Memorial To Maryland Public Servants Dedicated

After a decade of design and fundraising work, Maryland dedicated a memorial in Gaithersburg to its public servants who have died in the line of duty.

Maryland Comptroller Advocates Later Start To School Year

Maryland state comptroller Peter Franchot took a stance that will earn him friends amongst the under-18 crowd, pushing for the school year to start after Labor Day instead of August.

Weekend Track Work Returns With A Vengeance

The brief reprieve from weekend track work thanks to the Cherry Blossom Festival has ended, which means Metro riders on the Red, Blue and Orange Lines will have obstacles and delays ahead of them.

Analysis: Cantor's Week In Congress A Mixed Bag

David Hawkings of CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing dissects the ups and downs of the House Majority Leader's week in Congress.

Analysis: Virginia Budget Plan Affects Dulles Rail, D.C. Considers Longer School Days

Virginia lawmakers finally agreed on a new budget plan, but it comes at the expense of the Dulles rail project.

Discovery Lands At The Smithsonian

Space shuttle Discovery has officially arrived at its new home at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum.

Get Crackin': Restaurants Prepare For Lucrative Crab Season

Restaurateurs hope a record level of blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay will mean big business this summer.

House Passes Highway Funding Bill, Awaits Conference With Senate

Congress is still at odds over a national highways funding program, and lawmakers from both chambers will still have to work to reach a deal.

Local Democrats Decry House-Passed Small Business Bill

The House passed a small business-friendly bill this week, but its critics say it will largely benefit wealthy business owners.

Seniors For Seniors: Shelter Waives Adoption Fees For Older Pets

The Prince William County Animal Shelter is hoping to find some homes for a few of their more senior charges by offering them for adoption free of charge to seniors over 60.

Virginia Approves Changes To State Pension System

Lawmakers in the Virginia House and Senate approved changes to the Virginia Retirement System that would require state employees to start contributing to their pensions.

Supervisor Calls For More Transparency In Fairfax Schools

The $3.5 billion school budget in Fairfax County is opaque both to outsiders as well as those on the Board of Supervisors, prompting County Supervisor to call for suggestions on ways to increase transparency.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Another Delay For Silver Spring Transit Center

Improperly laid concrete is delaying the open of the Silver Spring Transit Center until at least August, but more delays could be in store pending further review by the county and its contractor.