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Thursday, March 8, 2012

White Powder Found At D.C. Restaurant And School

D.C. police officers responded to reports of suspicious white powder found at an Italian restaurant in northwest, and at an elementary school in southwest.

PHOTOS: Diplomas Now At Browne Education Campus

Middle school students at Browne Education Campus work daily with mentors through the Diplomas Now program. Diplomas Now aims to provide a "second shift" of adults that helps to keep kids on track to graduate.

Scaling Up Solutions To The Dropout Problem

Many programs to help lower dropout rates have proven effective on their first go-around; the problem, according researchers, is expanding those programs to a multitude of schools. With Diplomas Now, a team of educators, volunteers, and social workers are hoping to scale up one of these concepts, and three D.C. public schools are some of the test cases.

Fairfax Invites Public Input On Silver Line

Metro is asking Virginia Metro riders for input in the massive Silver Line project during an online discussion set for Friday at 11 a.m.

Prince George's County Students Celebrate Breakfast

The school breakfast program in Prince George's County serves 44,000 students, and over half of those students are from economically disadvantaged families.

D.C. Officer Allegedly Solicits Transgender Prostitute

An off-duty D.C. police officer allegedly solicited a transgender prostitute last summer, before becoming enraged and firing gunshots through a car window.

Solar Storm Could Knock Out Communications, GPS Today

A geomagnetic storm resulting from Tuesday's solar flares could affect some communications systems and power grids today.

Virginia Senate Entrenched In Budget Standoff

The standoff over Virginia's budget shows no signs of breaking in the State Senate, although it appears progress is being made in the House.

D.C. Mayor Denies Involvement With Raided Campaign Fundraiser

D.C. Mayor Vince Gray is denying knowledge of any wrongdoing that may have occurred during his 2010 campaign for mayor. 

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Virginia Tech Researchers Study Asthma Using Horses

When it comes to finding treatments for asthma, researchers at Virginia Tech have found that there is no species better suited than man's old friend -- the horse.

Virginia Legislators Shoot Down 'Castle Doctrine'

Proponents of the so-called "castle doctrine," which would reduce the legal liability of home owners in self-defense situations, saw their bill sent back to the drawing board on Wednesday.

D.C. Government To Pay For Private Sector On-The-Job Training

Unemployment is a persistent problem in the District, so city leaders are unveiling a program that would subsidize the salaries of out-of-work residents hired by local businesses.

Victims' Families Call For End To Maryland Death Penalty

Legislators in Maryland are considering a bill that would repeal the death penalty in the state, and dedicate some of the cost savings to the families of crime victims.

Virginia Regulators Fail To Notify Public On Mountaintop Removal

Environmental groups are calling for the EPA to strip Virginia regulators of the ability to issue permits for mountaintop removal, saying they have been doing so without providing sufficient notice to the public.

O'Malley Signals Intention To Commute Life Sentences

Two inmates serving life sentences in Maryland prisons may have their sentences commuted after Governor Martin O'Malley signaled his intention to do so in a newspaper Wednesday.