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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

D.C. Charter Schools Pioneer Steps Down

Josephine Baker, a leader in the District's charter school movement, will step down as executive director of the D.C. Public Charter School Board.

Potomac River Gets A 'D' In Health

The annual Chesapeake Bay water quality "report card" does not contain good news for the Potomac River. The river quality dropped in 2010 from the year before, but scientists say the decline could have been even worse due to the rising population.

Lincoln Movie To Film In Virginia

A major motion picture on the presidency of Abraham Lincoln directed by Steven Spielberg is set be filmed in Virginia.

Secure Communities Prompts Immigrant Activism In Montgomery County

Come this fall, Montgomery County police will have to comply with a new immigration enforcement program, but that hasn't stopped activists from protesting the measure.

Authorities Investigate House Explosion In Rockville

UPDADE: Maryland fire officials now say that an improperly installed gas dryer led to Wednesday's home explosion in Rockville.

Va. Governor Cuts PBS Funding

Virginia governor Bob McDonnell got the last word in his quest to cut funding for public radio and television, vetoing just the one item funding PBS in the voluminous state budget -- and signing everything else.

Prince Charles Visits Urban Farm in D.C.

An urban farm in Washington D.C. got the royal treatment Tuesday as England's Prince Charles flew in to tour it.

Report: Va. Children's Mental Health Services Lacking

Administrators with the nonprofit advocacy group Voices for Virginia's Children say there's a lack of community mental health services for children across the Commonwealth.

Montgomery County Passes Bag Tax

Ready your totes, Montgomery County. At the start of next year, shoppers in the county will have to pay for disposable bags.

Shaw's Roots: From 'Heart Of Chocolate City' To 'Little United Nations'

An influx of new residents and businesses to the Shaw neighborhood in Northwest D.C. has some people welcoming progress, but is leading others to leave what many consider to be the heart and soul of "Chocolate City."

D.C. Council May Waive Waiting Period For Gun Owners

With the District's only licensed firearms dealer temporarily out of business, city lawmakers are looking at ways provide some concessions to prospective gun owners.

Irvin Nathan Confirmed As D.C. Attorney General

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's pick for the city's attorney general has been confirmed by the D.C. Council. Council members voted unanimously to confirm Irvin Nathan to the post.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Love, truth and sacrifice in The Green Bird, outstanding soloists at the Kennedy Center and London's St. Martin choir at Lafayette Square.

Michelle Edwards: Not A Lot Of Room For Excuses

Education has been central to Michelle Edwards' journey as an independent youth, a dedicated mother and as the current principal of Orr Elementary School in Southeast D.C.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Bag Tax Passes In Montgomery County

Montgomery County, Md., has followed the lead of the District and will impose a tax on disposable shopping bags.

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