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Friday, September 16, 2011

Making Science Sizzle for Students

A group of scientists are utilizing their passion for their field to try and light a fire under area students, hoping to reverse the trend of decreased interest in science amongst high school students.

Rediscovering Swampoodle

Cultural Tourism DC is offering a new walking tour of the racy, raucous neighborhood of Swampoodle, a place that has disappeared into the past.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

DCPS Launches Sex Ed. Standardized Tests

Test Paper

D.C.'s public and charter schools are going to begin testing students on sexual health, making D.C. the first state to offer standardized testing in the subject of sex education.

Abortion Opponents Want Doctor Out

Abortion opponents are urging a landlord to terminate the lease of doctor performing late-term abortions at a Germantown clinic.

Perry: Too Early To Say If McDonnell Will Be Running Mate

GOP Presidential candidate Rick Perry joined Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell at a fundraiser in the commonwealth yesterday, but the two politicians remained coy on a possible role for McDonnell in Perry's campaign.

Senate Panel Looks At D.C. Funding Today

Mayor Vincent Gray being arrested

D.C. voting rights activitists, as well as abortion rights activists, are keeping a close watch on today's markup of the funding bill that includes the District government.

Smaller Crowd Expected At MLK Dedication

MLK Memorial

After the dedication of the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in D.C. was cancelled last month during Hurricane Irene, organizers are now expecting a much smaller crowd at the rescheduled event. 

Gov. McDonnell's Approval Rating Soars

Governor Bob McDonnell

Virginians appear to be bucking the national trend: they're happy with their elected leaders.

Va. Board To Vote On Abortion Regulations

Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Virginia

The Virginia Board of Health will vote Thursday on controversial emergency regulations that increase standards in the Commonwealth's 22 abortion clinics.