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Friday, August 12, 2011

Walmart Donates $3 Million For D.C. Job Training

Walmart continues to shower D.C. with donations as it looks to looks break into the market and open several stores, and the latest gift – a $3 million grant for job training -- impressed local leaders.

D.C. Pushes Back Online Gaming Meetings

D.C. continues to tap the breaks on online gambling. City lawmakers now say they will delay community meetings aimed at alleviating concerns about the new law.

Maryland's Highway Administration Wants Small Farm Stand Out

A Maryland farmer is trying to save his small farm after being stuck in a Catch 22 with state highway officials. The dispute comes at a time when the state is promoting local farms.

Chris Van Hollen Named To Special Committee, Likely No Benefits To D.C. Metro Region

A Maryland lawmaker has been named to a special committee in charge of finding ways to reduce the deficit, but his position may not help the region at all.

Strong Regional Representation In Budget Negotiations May Not Help The Region

The region's lawmakers have played key roles in the ongoing congressional budget negotiations, but that doesn’t necessarily mean their states are getting any special perks.

Rising Standards Cause More Schools To Fail In Virginia

In Virginia, less than 40 percent of schools met federal standards this year compared to 61 percent last year.

Redskins Look For Answers At Quarterback Heading Into First Preseason Game

The Washington Redskins begin their pre-season schedule tonight with an exhibition against the Pittsburgh Steelers. But one still question hangs over the heads of the Skins faithful: Who will be the Redskins' starting quarterback?

Art Gallery Introduces Five Emerging Artists To D.C. Scene

Five local artists are having a coming-out party of sorts, thanks to the Hamiltonian Gallery.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Wal-Mart Continues Charitable Donations, Pushes To Open More Stores In D.C.

As Wal-Mart pushes to open up stores in the District, it continues to make charitable donations to different local causes. Today the giant retailer announced it's donating $3 million to job training programs in D.C.

Customs Agents Seize 18 Pounds Of Cocaine At Dulles Airport

A drug-sniffing dog has discovered out more than 18 lbs. of cocaine on a plane at Dulles International Airport. But agents have few clues as to the intended recipients.

Fewer Virginia Schools Meet Federal Standards

In Virginia, more than three-fifths of Virginia's public schools and 97 percent of districts failed to meet annual benchmarks in reading and math under 'No Child Left Behind.'

Baltimore Sun Union Fighting Job Losses

The Baltimore Sun is offering buyouts to some employees. Baltimore Sun Media Senior Vice President of Marketing Judy Berman said in a statement the company is bargaining with the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild over the terms of a voluntary buyout offer.

Virginia Mourns Navy SEALS

Gov. Bob McDonnell has designated Friday as a day of mourning in Virginia for the 30 members of the U.S. military who died after their helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan, reports AP.

Md. Rep Stands Against Chimp Research

Maryland Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R) is sponsoring legislation to phase out invasive research on chimpanzees. Bartlett, a Republican, wrote about his opposition to research that harms the animals in an opinion page article in today's New York Times.

Census Reports Increase In Maryland's Gay Population

There are nearly 17,000 gay couples in the state of Maryland, according to new data released by the United States Census Bureau. That's a 50 percent increase from a decade ago.

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