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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Jim Webb Plays Future Card Close To Vest

Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) says he's not leaving the political arena when he retires after one term in the U.S. Senate next year.

Commentary By Mike Tidwell: Pass The Wind Power Bill

Rising oil prices and new concerns about nuclear power are prompting a lot of people to reevaluate our sources of energy. Commentator Mike Tidwell, executive director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, is urging lawmakers in Maryland to consider the potential of offshore wind farms.

Latest Maryland News

Authorities are investigating whether the shooting death Monday in Olney is linked to a previous killing.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

From pioneering artists to pioneering acts, originality is playing in and around the District.

Latest Virginia News

Man suspected of being the East Coast Rapist has pleaded not guilty.

Project Makes D.C. Residents Competitive In Challenging Job Market

D.C.'s unemployment rate remains high, hovering near 10 percent, while it's more than 15 percent in Ward 7 and more than 23 percent in Ward 8. Competing with a highly educated, well-connected work force can be a great challenge for many D.C. residents. In the second part of a two-part series, we look at one program that exists without any sources of funding working to overcome some of those obstacles.

Spring Runoff Brings Problems To The Chesapeake Bay

Heavy rains and melting snow are setting the stage for problems in the Chesapeake Bay this year.

Dogs Rescued From Hoarding House In Anne Arundel County

People are rushing to adopt 51 dogs rescued from a home in Anne Arundel County. Less than 24 hours after the county executive urged the public to help, an Animal Control official says they have more people wanting to adopt than they have dogs in the facility.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Power Breakfast: Federal Funding For Elder Abuse Prevention

From Capitol News Connection:

Earlier this month, the Special Committee on Aging heard testimony from actor Mickey Rooney about becoming a victim of elder abuse. Washington is in no mood to increase funding for social programs, but this cause may be the exception.

There's A New National Christmas Tree

The National Park Service has planted a new National Christmas Tree to replace the previous spruce toppled by high winds last month.

Former Metro Executive Now Lobbying For Metro Contractor

WAMU has learned that a former senior executive at Metro is now lobbying Metro on behalf of one of its biggest contractors.

Debate Over What Pro-Life Counseling Centers Must Disclose To Clients

A federal judge has told Montgomery County, Md., it can't force pro-life counseling centers to tell clients to seek medical attention elsewhere. Later this week, the board will decide if it will appeal the ruling.

Commentary By Page Schindler Buchanan: Early Refund Woes

As April 15 approaches, many of us are finding ourselves laboring through our taxes. Commentator Page Schindler Buchanan, volunteer coordinator for the D.C. Earned Income Tax Credit Campaign, is warning about one way some lenders take advantage of people desperate for their refunds.

Study: 1 In 3 Uninsured D.C. Residents Have Precancerous Polyps

Health officials in D.C. say a program offering free colonoscopies to uninsured and under-insured city residents found that nearly 1 in 3 patients had precancerous lesions -- a finding higher than the national average.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Steve Jobs comes to town and he's joined by some potters and drunken sailors.

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