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Friday, April 29, 2011

Four More Women Accuse DCPS Teacher Of Sexual Misconduct

Four more women have come forward alleging that a D.C. Public Schools teacher molested them, says an attorney representing the women.

Boat Club Won't Budge, So Alexandria Scales Back Waterfront Plan

Planners in Alexandria are finally facing the fact that a proposed park at the end of King Street -- once considered the soul of a plan for the city's Potomac River waterfront -- is not going to happen.

Metro Fires Technicians Who Left Escalator Hatch Open, Injuring Rider

A Metro rider is recovering from serious injuries after she fell through an escalator hatch accidentally left open, and Metro’s top safety executives are now wondering how it happened.

In Attempt To Shut Down Coal Plant, Alex. Residents Test For Mercury

As part of an ongoing effort to close the GenOn coal plant in Alexandria, the Sierra Club is inviting residents to have their hair tested for toxins.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Art comes in myriad forms, including carnage, streams, dance, and homegrown music.

For Teens, A Healthier Life Is Not Always In Reach

Many teens live in perfect situations to pack on pounds: access to high calorie foods and limited opportunities for exercise. But for some D.C. teens who want to live healthier lifestyles, making the change requires overcoming greater challenges.

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.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Maryland News Roundup

FINAL FAREWELL: Jean Marbella of the Sun writes about the funeral service celebrating William Donald Schaefer's life. The church was filled with leaders in Maryland politics, business and community life: Gov. Martin O'Malley, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, the state’s congressional delegation and Baltimore City Council members.

Death Toll Of Five After Tornado In Southwestern Virginia

UPDATE: Officials have reduced the number of deaths from storms in Virginia to five, rather than eight. A spokesperson from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management says communication problems with officials on the scene in Washington County resulted in a double count of some of the victims.

Coastal Flood Advisory In Effect

A coastal flood advisory will be in effect until 8 p.m. The advisory includes areas along the Chesapeake Bay and the Potomac River.

Montgomery Co. Firefighters Protest Outside Leggett's Home

Professional firefighters in Montgomery County seeking concessions in county's 2012 budget proposal demonstrated in front of the home of County Executive Ike Leggett Wednesday.

Parents Urge Fairfax Schools To Bring Back Honors Courses

The Fairfax County Public Schools Board is getting ready to resume talks about the budget for the coming year, and for some parents, reinstating honors courses is a top priority.

‘Briefcase Brigades’ Look To Lawmakers For Answers

Ian Maggard is a 24-year-old college student looking for answers. And he says he represents an entire generation of Americans under 30 questioning the growing unemployment rate among their peers that now tops 14 percent and looming budget cuts that might result in reducing federal grants for college students.

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