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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Commentary by Adam Tenner: We Can't Lose Focus On HIV/AIDS

This month marks 30 years since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published its first-ever health advisory on AIDS. It's a disease that has hit D.C. particularly hard, with studies showing more than 3 percent of its residents have been affected. Commentator Adam Tenner, executive Director of Metro TeenAIDS, says more needs to be done in the D.C. area to protect young people from the risk still posed by the ongoing epidemic.

Program Provides Mental Health Training To Police Officers

Police in Montgomery County are touting the benefits of their Crisis Intervention Team. Officers on the team have received training on how to identify mental illness.

EPA Grants Temporary Pesticide Use For Stink Bug Emergency

The Environmental Protection Agency is allowing several states in the area to temporarily expand their use of pesticides to fight an invasive stink bug.

Nancy Grasmick Looks Back On 20 Years As Maryland's Schools Chief

Today Nancy Grasmick, the Maryland state superintendent of schools, steps down after twenty years on the job. She is the longest-serving schools chief in the country.

WTU Pres. Calls Teacher Evaluations 'Racist' Ahead Of Ratings Release

Nathan Saunders, elected head of the Washington Teachers' Union in December, is vowing to do away with D.C. Public Schools' teacher evaluation system, called IMPACT, saying the system is racist and unfair.

GMU Linguistics Dep't. Archiving World's English Accents

Want to hear how someone speaks English with a Dinka accent, from Sudan? How about a Mortlockese accent from Micronesia? You can find out at George Mason University in Northern Virginia (and its website), which keeps the world's largest online database of English accents.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Folklife on the National Mall, the Louvre at the National Gallery of Art and Reefer Madness at Theatre Project.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Sky Express Driver's Wife: He Didn't Want To Drive Before 1-95 Crash

The wife of a Sky Express bus driver, involved in an accident on I-95 that left four people dead, says her husband got behind the wheel because he feared for his job.

'Blue Tide' Of Police Aims To Keep Metro Safe In P.G. County

Prince George's County police are partnering with Metro police Wednesday in an outreach campaign designed to reduce crime in and around the county's transit stations.

MoCo Police Celebrate Anniversary Of Crisis Intervention Team

Police in Montgomery County, Md., are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their Crisis Intervention Team. Officers on the team receive training in identifying mental illness.

Maryland Assessment Scores Up, But Not In Baltimore

The 2011 Maryland School Assessment scores show continued gains in reading and math among elementary and middle school children, but not every school system saw improvements.

Fire Strikes Hook In Georgetown, Forcing Road Closures

A fire broke out this afternoon at Hook Restaurant on M Street in Georgetown, causing significant damage, according to D.C. Fire/EMS. The cause is under investigation.

Nancy Grasmick, Longtime Md. Schools Chief, Retires

Maryland's state schools Superintendent Nancy Grasmick retires this week after twenty years on the job, and the state is saying goodbye at a celebration tonight.

One Dead In Arlington Parking Garage Fire

A fire that broke out in a parking garage beneath an Arlington hotel this morning has led to the death of one woman, according to Arlington County Police.

At Arlington Cemetery, A Criminal Inquiry Into Mishandling Of Remains

The Arlington National Cemetery continues to fall under scrutiny for a series of issues, including the possible mishandling of remains. Now, the U.S. Justice Department is conducting a criminal inquiry into the matter, the Washington Post reports.

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