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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Virginia Outlawed Synthetic Marijuana

Gov. Bob McDonnell has signed two bills that make possession of synthetic marijuana a misdemeanor. But distribution would be a felony and manufacturing the drug would be punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

Maryland Reviews Case Of Olney Murder Suspect

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is reviewing the case of a man from Olney with a history of mental illness who was arrested Wednesday for shooting two people to death.

MetroAccess Contract Extension Tabled After Lobbying Reports

Metro is delaying the extension of a nearly $500 million contract after reports that the contractor may have hired one of Metro's former top executives to lobby on its behalf.

Arlington Receives Pentagon Stone Recovered On 9/11

In Virginia, the Arlington County Fire Department is receiving an 800-pound stone that was recovered from the Pentagon on 9/11.

'Prize Patrol' Doles Out Scholarships To D.C. Students

The George Washington University "prize patrol" is offering full-ride scholarships to a handful of outstanding D.C. high school seniors for their academic achievements and leadership qualities.

Maryland News Roundup

The state's largest teachers' union has offered to go along with the governor's proposed higher pension contribution rate.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Aerial photography, Shakespearean tragedy, and autumn love.

Latest D.C. News

Census data shows D.C.'s on the brink of losing its black majority for the first time in 60 years.

Latest Maryland News

Maryland Senate approves a scaled-back marijuana bill.

Latest Virginia News

The governor has vetoed a bill that would require public schools to require physical education in elementary and middle schools.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Georgetown Defeats Maryland In NCAA Women's Tournament

Two local teams faced each other in the NCAA womens basketball tournament last night, but only one could advance, and it's Georgetown that's moving on, after beating the University of Maryland 79-57.

Power Breakfast: Constitutionality Of The U.S.'s Presence In Libya Questioned

From Capitol News Connection:

Congressman Dennis Kucinich plans to introduce an amendment that would block the use of federal dollars to pay for U.S. military operations in Libya.

Kojo Explores FCPS Discipline Policies With McLean Community

In Virginia, Fairfax County's public school system is struggling to find the perfect balance between safety and fairness when it comes to its discipline policy.

Md. Tap Water Advocates Say No To Bottled Water

One group in Maryland is trying to encourage residents to drink more tap and less bottled water. Advocates say the bottled brand is costly and the water in many cases is just plain old tap water. They have a way to make their point.

Study Abroad Programs In Asia, Middle East Uncertain

The turmoil caused by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan has been a challenge for a D.C. company that runs study abroad programs. And Japan isn't the only country the group is worried about.

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