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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Lanier Updates Investigation Into Arrested Officers

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says the three police officers busted in an internal affairs sting operation will be charged with attempting to receive stolen property.

Washington Post Columnist David Broder Dies

David S. Broder, known as the dean of the Washington press corps, has died. The Washington Post reports the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist passed Wednesday in Arlington from complications from diabetes.

NPR CEO Vivian Schiller Resigns

The announcement comes a day after the release of a video that shows former NPR senior vice-president of fundraising Ron Schiller (no relation) talking negatively about conservatives and saying that NPR would be better off without federal funding while at a lunch with men posing as members of a Muslim organization. The undercover taping has been credited to political activist James O'Keefe.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Power Breakfast: Unions And Collective Bargaining

This afternoon, the House Democratic Steering Committee hosts workers and expert advocates to speak on the embattled topic of collective bargaining.

D.C. Office Of Campaign Finance To Probe Sulaimon Brown Allegations

D.C.'s Office of Campaign Finance is opening an investigation into the allegations made by former mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown.

D.C. Student Conference Tackles HIV/AIDS Awareness

High school students from the region and around the county gathered in the district Monday to gain more insight about HIV/AIDS. It is hoped many will use the knowledge in a future career.

Va. Prosecutor: Familial DNA Testing Could Have Caught Rapist

Authorities involved in the East Coast Rapist investigation say a suspect could have been arrested even sooner with the help of something called familial DNA testing.

Teaching A Changing Middle East

As protests sweep through the Middle East and North Africa, students at area schools have been hungry for information about the rapidly-changing region. Some teachers are retooling their lesson plans to incorporate current events.

Public Schools Get More Funds; DCPS Still Looks At Shortfall

D.C. Public Schools, including traditional and charter schools, will receive $76 million more than expected; the bulk of the surplus money from an increase in District revenue. And while this will help stave off some cuts, school officials say there will still be some hard choices to make.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Broadway, Boom Town on a very Fat Tuesday.

D.C. Police Arrested In Sting Operation

In the District, three metropolitan police department officers are under arrest after a sting operation.

Latest D.C. News

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says three officers have been arrested and a federal judge rejects the Libertarian Party's appeal to change the way D.C. tallies and reports write-in votes.

Students Rally To Support 'Maryland DREAM Act'

The Maryland Senate is scheduled to take up a bill this week that would allow the children of illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates at state colleges. A group of students who support the legislation have been rallying in Annapolis.

Ocean City Council Votes For All-Wood Boardwalk

In Maryland, the Ocean City Council voted to keep the board in its famous boardwalk. The vote will ensure that visitors will be strolling on an all-wooden surface when the city rebuilds the boardwalk this fall.

Another Report Rips Pepco

An independent study done for the Maryland Public Service Commission, which regulates utilities in the state, says Pepco's five-year plan to increase its service reliability was "cobbled together" in haste following a rash of lengthy power outages last year.

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