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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Mayor Vincent Gray No Longer Backs Former Campaign Chair

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray says he's withdrawn the name of his former campaign chair from consideration to head the Washington Convention Center and Sports Authority.

Prince William Teacher Accused Of Indecent Relationship With Student

Police in Prince William County, Va., say a local teacher has been accused of taking indecent liberties with a 16-year-old male student.

Virginia Woman Attacks National Gallery Painting

A woman from Alexandria, Va., faces criminal charges and will undergo a mental evaluation after attacking a Gauguin oil painting at the National Gallery.

Monday, April 4, 2011

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Opera is done up differently, etchings are made personal, and Italian films on fresh prints.

Prince George's Schools Ordered To Pay Millions To Foreign Teachers

The public school system in Maryland's Prince George's County is being ordered to pay millions of dollars to more than a thousand foreign teachers, following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Consider This With Fred Fiske: Joining The (Discount) Club

This week, Fred Fiske considers discount membership clubs, where "grazing" may be delectable but the bulk sizes can get out of hand.

King Assassination Marked With Workers' Rally In D.C.

Monday marks the 43rd anniversary of the assassination of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Local union members and representatives of the NAACP used the occasion to rally support for workers around the region.

Fairfax Police Chief: Video Cameras Make Review Board Unnecessary

In Virginia, members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors are considering a proposal to create a panel of citizens that would be able to conduct investigations of police misconduct. But the chief of police and the county executive are strongly opposed to the idea.

Montgomery County Exec. Presents Plan To Help Latino Youth

In Maryland, Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett is unveiling a plan to help Latino young people who face many challenges, including the highest dropout rates and the highest teen pregnancy rates in the county.

NAACP, Wells Fargo Open Financial Literacy Center In D.C.

The NAACP and Wells Fargo are working together to address racial discrimination in the housing market. The NAACP sued the company over racial discrimination, but it pulled the suit so it could partner with the bank.

Hydraulic Fracturing Under Scrutiny In Watershed States

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is calling for a comprehensive federal analysis of Marcellus Shale drilling in the six Bay Watershed states.

Maryland News Roundup

From MarylandReporter.com: House and Senate wiggle and wriggle to come to terms on a budget; Miller says he might speed booze tax; legislators expected to adopt tracking system to fight prescription drug abuse; stem cell research funding up for debate; and trash to energy bill moves forward.

Latest Maryland News

A panel of Maryland lawmakers has settled pension and prescription drug differences between the House of Delegates and Senate.

Latest D.C. News

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray says he's withdrawn the name of his former campaign chair from consideration to head the Washington Convention Center and Sports Authority.

Latest Virginia News

he National Park Service is looking for a Virginia resident after a boating accident over the weekend in West Virginia that killed at least one person.