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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Proposed Adoption Rule Change Riles Social Conservatives

In Virginia, faith-based adoption agencies are pressuring Republican Governor Bob McDonnell to reject a revision to state adoption rules that could pave the way for same sex adoptions.

But it's not entirely clear what the revision would even accomplish.

Activists Look To Increase Play In D.C. Schools

It’s testing time for D.C. schools. But amid the assessments, some activists say it’s important for educators to carve out time for play.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Playwrights both amateur and professional, plus Kronos Quartet.

Civil Rights Groups: Banks Discriminate Against Pr. George's Residents

Prince George's County, Md., has seen more foreclosures than any other parts of the D.C. region, and some civil rights groups are accusing banks of discriminating against county residents, who are predominately African-American.

Commentary By Michael Jacobson: Solving Communities' Food Problems

Here in the D.C. area, people can sample many different types of food; we have restaurants representing nearly every region of the globe, farmers markets, food trucks and community gardens. But some areas of the District are considered food deserts with limited access to healthy, nutritious food. Commentator Michael Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), says it's time to change that.

Monday, April 11, 2011

D.C. Mayor, Council Members Arrested In Protest Over Budget

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and several members of the City Council were arrested for civil disobedience after taking part in a protest Monday on Capitol Hill to voice their opposition to the budget deal reached by Congress.

City officials say Washington was used as a pawn in last week's budget bargaining, with new restrictions part of the price of a deal.

Transgender Anti-Discrimination Bill Pushed Back To Committee

A bill in Maryland that would have protected transgendered individuals from housing and employment discrimination has been killed for this year.

Gas Prices Drive Consumers To Cut Back

As gas prices in the region rise to an average of $3.50 per gallon for regular unleaded, there is evidence drivers are buying less gas and cutting back on their time spent behind the wheel.

Maryland In-State Tuition Bill For Illegal Immigrants In Jeopardy

In Maryland, a bill that would allow illegal aliens to receive in-state tuition at state colleges seems unlikely to pass on the final day of the General Assembly's yearly session.

Ashburn Man Pleads Guilty In Al-Qaida Bomb Plot

A man from Northern Virginia has pleaded guilty to joining what he thought was an al-Qaida plot to bomb the Washington region's Metrorail system.

Latest D.C. News

WASHINGTON (AP) Washington National Cathedral is hosting an interfaith prayer service for the people of Japan to mark one month since that country was hit by a devastating earthquake and tsunami. Japanese Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki is expected to attend the service Monday evening. It's scheduled for 7 p.m. and is open to the public.

Latest Virginia News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A federal judge says the government can use as evidence emails between a former Virginia legislator facing prosecution on bribery and extortion charges and his spouse. Phillip A. Hamilton, former vice chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, is scheduled to go on trial May 2 in Richmond.

Latest Maryland News

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) A 50 percent hike to Maryland's sales tax on alcohol has been approved by the House of Delegates. The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration on the final day of the General Assembly session. It would increase the alcohol tax from 6 percent to 9 percent and is expected to raise about $85 million a year.

Call In To Have Your Question Answered By Gov. O'Malley

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Gov. Martin O'Malley is planning to answer questions from the public on Maryland Public Television shortly before the close of the 2011 legislative session.

Male Intruder In Georgetown University Dorm

Public safety officials at Georgetown University are warning students to be cautious after reports of a male intruder in one of the dorms.

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