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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Fairfax Superintendent Outlines Proposed Discipline Changes

In Virginia, the superintendent of Fairfax's Public School system is recommending changes to the district's discipline policy in response to pressure from parents and some school board members.

VDOT Performs Homeless Sweep At I-95 Interchange

Virginia's Department of Transportation is forcing groups of homeless people camped out near an I-95 interchange in Prince William County to pack up and move out by midnight Thursday.

D.C. Fire Department Introduces Patient Bill Of Rights

D.C.'s firefighters are fast becoming the frontline workers in health care. Eight in 10 calls to 911 are now are for medical help. In response, the city's Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department is adding a patient bill of rights.

Nationals Lose Opener 2-0

The Nationals opened their season Thursday afternoon with a loss to divisional rival Atlanta.

More Details About Student With Loaded Gun Shared In Court

A judge in Maryland ruled that a 15-year-old boy will remain in a juvenile detention center after his was arrest Tuesday for carrying a loaded handgun into Tuscarora High School in Frederick.

Former Md. School Employee Charged With Theft From Government Program

In Maryland, a former employee of the Charles County school system is facing charges of diverting federal funds, intended for low-income students, for her personal use.

Redistricting Commission Unveils Map Suggestions

Next week lawmakers in Richmond will convene to redraw district boundaries in the Commonwealth. The governor's bipartisan commission is offering some recommendations to avoid gerrymandering.

Conviction Upheld In Rosenbaum Murder

The D.C. Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of one of two men charged in the death of New York Times journalist David Rosenbaum, who died after he was beaten during a robbery near his home in 2006.

Blasting Expected During Construction At Rosslyn Metro Station

Controlled explosions as part of the construction project to improve the Rosslyn Metro station in Virginia starts Thursday.

Maryland News Roundup

From MarylandReporter.com: After 20 years at the helm of the state public school system, Nancy Grasmick announces her retirement and there is a lot of coverage; local roads to get a one-time cash infusion; utilities could face millions in fines under new reliability standards; bill to put cameras on school buses hits a speed bump; public transit fare hikes are likely; and mistrial declared in trial of man who allegedly threatened O'Malley.

Virginia Tries To Keep Up With Locksmith Fraud

This month Virginia's attorney general is launching a campaign to warn the public about the latest trends in fraud. But one type of scam the Commonwealth is having a hard time keeping up with involves phony locksmiths.

Latest Maryland News

State senators are expected to debate tomorrow a measure that would limit who would report to the state under a monitoring plan that's aimed at reducing prescription drug abuse.

Latest D.C. News

Officials say a police campaign will target and ticket people who don't obey traffic laws.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

D.C. Parent Program Lets 'Wise Elders' Pass On Advice

Guiding children through adolescence is especially difficult for parents navigating those years for the first time.

Vigil To Honor Victims Of Southeast Drive-By

In the District Wednesday, a vigil will be held to remember the four young people killed in a drive-by shooting in Southeast.