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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

More Than 130 Illegal Immigrants Arrested In Virginia

In Virginia Wednesday, the federal office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) revealed the results of a three-day operation targeting illegal immigrants in Northern Virginia.

American Muslims Jumpstart 'Muslims for Loyalty' Campaign

Members of the American-Muslim community want to change the way they're sometimes perceived in the United States. They're taking action with the "Muslims for loyalty" campaign.

Scandals Take Toll On D.C.'s Top Officials

The latest Clarus Poll shows the public standing of Mayor Vincent Gray and City Council Chairman Kwame Brown has plummeted.

Georgetown Defeats Maryland In NCAA Women's Tournament

Two local teams faced each other in the NCAA womens basketball tournament last night, but only one could advance, and it's Georgetown that's moving on, after beating the University of Maryland 79-57.

Power Breakfast: Constitutionality Of The U.S.'s Presence In Libya Questioned

From Capitol News Connection:

Congressman Dennis Kucinich plans to introduce an amendment that would block the use of federal dollars to pay for U.S. military operations in Libya.

Kojo Explores FCPS Discipline Policies With McLean Community

In Virginia, Fairfax County's public school system is struggling to find the perfect balance between safety and fairness when it comes to its discipline policy.

Md. Tap Water Advocates Say No To Bottled Water

One group in Maryland is trying to encourage residents to drink more tap and less bottled water. Advocates say the bottled brand is costly and the water in many cases is just plain old tap water. They have a way to make their point.

Study Abroad Programs In Asia, Middle East Uncertain

The turmoil caused by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan has been a challenge for a D.C. company that runs study abroad programs. And Japan isn't the only country the group is worried about.

Redistricting Competition Maps Do 'Something That's Much Different'

While localities across the country redraw district lines after the latest census, 13 colleges in Virginia have been making their own attempts at redistricting in the Commonwealth.

Governors Debate Role Of Money In Education Reforms

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) are disagreeing over the role of money in education reform.

R. Dwayne Betts: Expanding Boundaries In Prison

Today we begin a new WAMU series on lifelong learning. Each Wednesday we'll have a personal story about a powerful learning experience -- some in and some out of the classroom. Our first story comes from R. Dwayne Betts, a writer and poet, who grew up in Suitland, Md., and tells us that powerful learning can happen in the most unexpected places.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Just another day of exceptional dance, theater and art in the Washington area.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Cost Concerns May Delay Maryland Wind Legislation

In Maryland, Gov. Martin O'Malley's plan to make state utilities buy offshore wind energy may have to wait a year. The chairman of the state's Senate Finance Commitee says concerns about costs have prompted talk of delay.

D.C. Attorney General To Sue Online Travel Companies

The District is suing four of the largest online travel companies, claiming the vendors aren't paying their fair share of hotel occupancy taxes.

Latest D.C. News

An overheated kiln in a ceramics studio at the Corcoran Gallery has not damaged any artwork and the museum will reopen tomorrow.

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