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Friday, April 1, 2011

Alexandria Debates Extent Of Archaeology

Archaeologists in Alexandria, Va., are finishing the first phase of a project to identify the location of long-forgotten African-American graves. But neighbors disagree about what should happen next.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Elephant Man, House Arrest at 1600 and a tidal basin of cherries.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Report Says D.C. Has High Rate Of Deficient Bridges

A national advocacy group says the District has an unusually high rate of structurally deficient bridges.

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.

Nationals Lose Opener 2-0

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Latest Virginia News

Ocean Breeze Waterpark in Virginia Beach is expanding its attractions.

PETA Asks To Sponsor Virginia Rest Stop

The group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) wants to "adopt" and rename an interstate rest stop in Virginia.

Opening Day For Washington Nationals

Baseball is back. Thursday's opening day for the Washington Nationals -- they'll face the Atlanta Braves in a sold-out game at 1 p.m.

VCU President Michael Rao Talks Basketball

Virginia Commonwealth University's men's basketball team will make its first appearance in an NCAA Final Four this weekend in Houston. The team was ranked 11th in the southwest region -- but it has won five games in a row to make it to the semifinal game against Butler on Saturday.

Power Breakfast: Congress Works To Preserve D.C.'s School Voucher Program

From Capitol News Connection: As Speaker of the House, Ohio Republican John Boehner has made the preservation of D.C.'s controversial school voucher program a top legislative priority. And he convinced a fellow Ohio Republican, Congressman Steven LaTourette, to get on board.