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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Baltimore High School Says Colleges Didn't Receive Some Admissions Materials

The principal of Baltimore’s Western High School says school officials failed to forward some required materials to colleges for students in the school.

Avon Walk For Breast Cancer Hits The Streets Of D.C.

The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer is a non-competitive fund raising event where participants can walk a 26 or 39-mile marathon over the course of the weekend.

Volunteers Rebuild Homes For Elderly In The D.C. Area

Area residents are touched that thousands of volunteers came out to spruce up their homes this weekend.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Massey Plans To Seal West Virginia Coal Mines

A federal mine safety and health administration official says Massey Energy Co. has submitted a plan to seal a West Virginia coal mine where 29 miners died in an explosion last year.

Maryland Cities Get Green Streets Grants

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Chesapeake Bay Trust want to see Maryland's streets get greener.

Virginia Legislative Redistricting Session Ends With Vacancies For Two Supreme Court Justices

The Virginia General Assembly ended its legislative redistricting session this week without taking care of another pressing matter. Lawmakers still need to select two new state Supreme Court justices.

Former Gray HR Director Grilled at Hearing on Hirings

In the District, another day of hearings into the hiring practices of the Gray administration.

Chesapeake Expressway Toll Triples

Millions of tourists making their way to North Carolina's Outer Banks will soon pay more to drive through Virginia to get there.

Friday, April 29, 2011

At D.C. Hiring Hearing, One Of Five Witnesses Appear

Friday is the third day of hearings into D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's questionable hiring practices at the Wilson Building.

Activists Rally To 'Save The Frogs'

Pro-amphibian activists are calling on the Environmental Protection Agency for additional limits on pesticides and increased protections for the area's frogs.

Judge Dismisses Alleged Torture Victim's Lawsuit

In Virginia, a judge has ordered a teen to refile a lawsuit in which alleges he was tortured in Kuwait and couldn't get home because he is on the U.S. government's no-fly list.

Maryland Governor Pushes For Changes In The Gas Tax

Gov. Martin O'Malley is talking transportation Friday and challenging a panel to come up with new and better revenue plans that move away from taxing gas by the gallon.

D.C. Dons Its Hats For Royal Wedding

The doors opened early at pubs around the D.C. area this morning for people eager to get a glimpse of Britain's royal wedding.

Latest Maryland News

BALTIMORE (AP) A high-ranking Baltimore school official has resigned after questions were raised about his education, which includes degrees from institutions criticized as "diploma mills." Kevin Seawright stepped down from a $135,000-a-year post as the public school system's deputy chief operating officer.

Latest Virginia News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Rescuers say a person has been pulled out of rubble in Washington County. Emergency management officials say the person was taken to a local hospital. A powerful tornado hit the Glade Spring area yesterday, packing winds of up to 165 miles per hour. Governor McDonnell is expected to tour the area today.