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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Folklife Festival Underway Today

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is underway today on the National Mall.

Sierra Club Volunteers Petition To Close Down GenOn's Coal Fire Electric Plant

Volunteers from The Sierra Club are raising awareness on smog and soot issues on Mount Vernon Trail, not too far from GenOn's Coal Fire Electric Plant.

Alexandria Holds Meeting On Potomac Yard Metro

A meeting is planned tonight for residents of Alexandria, Va. over a proposed Metrorail station at Potomac Yard.

Metro, P.G. County Police Team Up For Crime Enforcement

In Prince George's County, Metro police patrolled stations with county police Wednesday evening in an outreach campaign with a dual purpose.

'Tito the Builder' To Run For Va. State Senate

A construction worker in Prince William County, Va. made famous more than two years ago by Sarah Palin has decided to throw his hardhat into the Virginia political ring.

Exotic Dancers Among Listings On D.C. Government Sponsored Jobs Site

D.C. is using the internet to help unemployed residents find work. But some of the job listings aren't what you might expect to find on a city website.

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.

4-Year-Old Shot By Another Child In Prince George's County

Police in Prince George's County, Md., say a 4-year-old boy is recovering from a gunshot wound to the back, and they say the shot came from 5-year-old boy.

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.

Study Finds Racial Disparity In Care For D.C. Patients With Strokes

A study published Thursday takes a look at patients experiencing the most common type of stroke, an ischemic stroke. Researchers at Georgetown University found that black patients were one-third less likely than white patients to receive the best drug available to treat that kind of stroke.

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.

Poll Shows Virginia Senate Race In Dead Heat

A new poll in Virginia from Quinnipiac University Polling Institute shows registered voters are split over who should take the U.S. Senate seat.

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