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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Redskins Return To Work

With the end of the NFL lockout, the Washington Redskins are back to work.

Minister Is On A Mission To Help The Anacostia River

The Anacostia River is eight miles long and home to a diversity of birds and fish. These days, however, you're more likely to spot a soda bottle floating downstream than a sturgeon, shad or striped bass. But one local minister is on a mission to save the river.

Va. Governor Visits Alexandria to Sign "Ashley's Law"

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell visited Alexandria today for the ceremonial signing of "Ashley's Law" - named after a local resident killed in a traffic accident in 2008.

D.C. Charter Schools Chair Talks Test Scores, Discrimination Allegations

Approximately forty percent of children in the District attend charter schools -- institutions financed by public funds but not subject to the same rules and regulations that govern traditional public schools. Brian Jones, chairman of D.C.'s public charter school board, sat down with WAMU's Kavitha Cardoza to talk about school test scores, the choices the schools provide, and allegations of discrimination.

DC Water GM Says Ruling Could Affect Water Bills

A judge's ruling requiring federal regulators to come up with tougher pollution standards for the Anacostia River has the head of the DC Water District's water utility concerned.

Blacktop's Plays Don't Just Play It Straight

The 2011 Capital Fringe Festival marked the debut of a new theater company in Washington. A handful of recent George Mason graduates started the group, and a glimpse of their Fringe submission makes one thing obvious: when they put on a play, they do mean play.

Metro Adds New Bus Route To Deal With BRAC Traffic Woes In Alexandria

Metro has unveiled a new bus line to help handle traffic problems in Alexandria, Virginia created by the Base Realignment and Closure changes.

‘Art Beat’ With Sean Rameswaram

Ten years of Irvine Contemporary, Kodachrome color at Photoworks and Georgetown University stages The Omnivore’s Dilemma.

Experts Look To Reduce The Number Of Children Dying In Hot Cars

As temperatures remain above 90 degrees in the D.C. area, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is bringing experts together to reduce the number of children dying in hot vehicles.

New Buoy Seeks To Boost Security

The Navy is testing a new kind of surveillance technology on the front lines of homeland security in our area. On a narrow stretch of the Potomac between Maryland and Virginia, there's a quiet sentinel looking out for our safety.

Montgomery County To Get Its First Charter School

The first charter school in Montgomery County got its approval Monday night, as the Montgomery County Board of Education voted 6-2 in favor of a proposal for the Crossways Montessori School.

Nats' Top Prospect Harper Draws A Crowd In Bowie

The Washington Nationals' top prospect, Bryce Harper, is in Bowie, Maryland this week with the Harrisburg Senators for a series against the Baysox.

Monday, July 25, 2011

D.C. Schools Chancellor Talks Test Scores, Teacher Evaluations, And Next Year

Henderson served as the interim chancellor after Michelle Rhee left the post in October, and was confirmed as the new chancellor by the D.C. Council in June. She's now preparing for her first full school year as chancellor, and she sat down with WAMU's Kavitha Cardoza to talk about test scores and teacher evaluations from the previous academic year and plans for the new one.

Norwegians, Others Mourn At Norwegian Embassy

A life sized bronze statue of Princess Martha, one of Norway's most beloved figures, graces the entrance to the Norwegian Embassy in Northwest D.C. Now, white roses, candles, images of orthodox saints lie at the foot of the statue as expressions of sympathy over the massacre of almost 100 people in Oslo, Norway Friday.

Arrest Warrant To Be Issued For Suspect Involved In State Trooper Assault

According to police, James Howard, 54, of Hyattsville claimed he had crashed his car on the Beltway early Saturday morning, but when a state trooper arrived at the crash scene, the suspect allegedly cut the trooper's hand through the window of his cruiser, reports the Associated Press.

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