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Friday, April 15, 2011

Catholic University Students Recognized For Solar Picnic Table

Six students at Catholic University received $3,000 to split amongst themselves for designing a solar picnic table.

Arlington Co. Elementary Packs Weekend Meals For Homeless Students

Students in Arlington County, Virginia are getting ready to go on spring break. While many of them look forward to the respite from classes, these breaks can prove difficult for students that rely on subsidized breakfast and lunch in school.

One school in the county is testing out a program to make sure needy students don't have to take a break from nutrition as well.

Latest Maryland News

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) The governor plans to sign an executive order on Monday to create a group to study pollution from septic systems. The study will examine the extent to which large developments' septic tanks are polluting the Chesapeake Bay.

Metro Committee Approves Contract Amid Ethics Questions

Metro is moving forward with a $200 million contract extension for the company that operates its Metro Access service, despite some questions about whether the contractor may have engaged in unethical lobbying.

Latest D.C. News

WASHINGTON (AP) Metro will hold public hearings and town hall meetings next month on possible service cuts and other measures to help reduce a $72.5 million operating budget gap. The proposed service cuts will be discussed at public hearings scheduled for May 16 through May 20.

Alexandria To Consider Waterfront Hotels

City planners in Alexandria, Va., want to overturn a longstanding ban on hotels along the waterfront. But the proposal is facing some serious resistance.

Latest Virginia News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The governor says he has concerns with lawmakers' legislative redistricting plan and has vetoed it. Governor McDonnell says the proposed districts don't properly preserve locality boundaries and communities of interest.

Commentary By Ciara Smith: Finding The Courage To Be Yourself

The bond between a mother and her daughter is a special one, but as commentator Ciara Smith notes, it's also one that can make honest communication sometimes difficult.

For Some, Emancipation Day Equals One More Day Of Tax Procrastination

Among all the other perks of the city holiday that is D.C.'s Emancipation Day -- no parking meters! school is closed! -- there's one that a much larger audience is sure to appreciate: the extension of the 2011 Internal Revenue Service tax deadline.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

A couple of Washington museums go green, but the music keeps things blue.

Top Stories With Washington Post Columnist Robert McCartney

Matt McCleskey talks with Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney about Mayor Vincent Gray's protest of the congressional budget that led to his arrest.

Weekend Metro Work To Cause Delays

Several Metro stations will be closed this weekend due to maintenance work. Riders on the Orange line should expect delays as the agency closes five stations for most of the weekend.

Capitals Face Off Against Rangers In Game Two Friday

The Washington Capitals are looking to keep up the momentum tonight in their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series with the New York Rangers.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Metro To Formulate Budget Menu

Metro is narrowing down its options to fill a $74 million gap in its budget for the coming fiscal year.

Bluegrass Legend Hazel Dickens To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Hazel Dickens -- the bluegrass music legend -- is receiving the Washington Monument Award for Lifetime Achievement Saturday. The award will be presented Saturday at the D.C. Bluegrass Festival, which is sponsored by WAMU's Bluegrass Country.

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