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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

PEPCO's Profits Targeted in Montgomery Co. Report

Electric utility PEPCO is coming under fire again in Maryland, this time in a report prepared by Montgomery County.

Virginia Redistricting: Time Is Running Out To Keep Scheduled Primaries

State lawmakers in Virginia will continue negotiations today in an effort to agree on a redistricting map acceptable to both Democrats and Republicans. But time may be running out to hold election primaries as scheduled.

Young Adults Head To Capitol Hill To Ask: 'Where Are The Jobs?'

As Congress negotiates impending budget cuts including a possible reduction of federal grants to college students, unemployment among those under 30 is higher than the national average. A group of young adults who call themselves the "Briefcase Brigade" is heading to Capitol Hill Wednesday to urge lawmakers to support educational funding and to deliver on promises of jobs.

H. Y. Griffin: Crossing The Finish Line

H. Y. Griffin, a Washington resident who works as a community organizer through AmeriCorps, achieved a big dream with a little celebrity inspiration a lot of community support.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

The Sweater Set, a festival of art from the fringe, and Farragut North-the play, not the Metro station.

Pediatrician Helps Obese Children Take 'Baby Steps'

Children's National Medical Center's I.D.E.A.L. Clinic works with the most obese children in the District. And although I.D.E.A.L. stands for "Improving Diet, Exercise and Activity for Life," one of the clinic's doctors points out that overcoming the challenges of childhood obesity can involve a lot more than just diet and exercise.

Cuccinelli Slams DOE, Will Appeal Virginia Tech Fines

The Commonwealth's Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli, says he intends to appeal a federal fine levied against Virginia Tech for its handling of the 2007 campus shooting that left 32 dead.

Tornado Watch In Effect Wednesday Evening

A flash flood warning is in effect until 10:15 p.m. for Anne Arundel, Prince George's and Charles counties in Maryland, as well as for Fairfax County in Virginia.

MoCo Firefighters Protest Against County Executive

Professional firefighters in Montgomery County are staging a protest Wednesday in Burtonsville, Md., against County Executive Isiah Leggett.

Cuccinelli To Make Announcement about Virginia Tech Fines

Virginia Tech has until Friday to appeal a fine levied by the U.S. Department of Education, which found the university violated a campus safety law on the day of the mass shootings there four years ago.

Wanted In D.C.: A New Taxicab Commissioner

Leon Swain, the taxicab commissioner under former Mayor Adrian Fenty, was told by the Mayor Vincent Gray's office he would not be reappointed to the job.

At-large Race: Vincent Orange Returns To D.C. Council

A familiar face is returning to the D.C. Council. Vincent Orange, a former Ward 5 council member, edged out eight other candidates in yesterday's special election for an at-large D.C. Council seat, according to the election counts from Tuesday night.

The D.C. elections board now has ten days to count absentee and provisional ballots and certify the results.

Humor Marks Funeral For Former Maryland Governor

Hundreds packed a church in Baltimore, Md., for the funeral for former Gov. William Donald Schaefer.

'Educate Loudoun' Group Aims for Influence Over School Board Elections

In Virginia, a fledgling political group is looking to turn education into a bigger priority in Loudoun County during the 2011 local elections.

Restaurants Raise Money For Employees Out Of Work From Georgetown Flood

Several D.C. area restaurants have stepped up to "adopt" some of their fellow eateries in the wake of the Georgetown floods last week.

Starting tonight at The Front Page in Arlington, they're raising money for employees from the restaurants at Washington Harbour in Georgetown, who are expected to be out of work for the next several weeks as crews finish cleaning up flood damage.

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