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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

D.C. Area Faces Heavy Rains, Possible Flooding

Heavy rains in the forecast and rising water level in the Potomac River have prompted flash flood warnings for the District and near Virginia suburbs.

Dulles Metro Project Faces More Loudoun County Resistance

In Virginia, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors is continuing its opposition of a plan to build an underground Metrorail station at Dulles Airport.

O'Malley: New GM Electric Car Plant Represents Win For Md.

The first facility in the United States that will both produce electric motors and be backed by a major automaker is well on its way to calling White Marsh, Md. home.

Jack Johnson Will Seek Reduced Sentence After Extortion Plea

Former Prince Georges County Executive Jack Johnson says the emotional and financial pressures of a corruption investigation against him and his wife led him to [plead guilty]http://wamu.org/news/11/05/17/formerpgcountyexecjackjohnsonpleadsguilty.php) to two counts of extortion, evidence and witness tampering.

Checking Out An Aerobatic Pilot's Bag Of Tricks

One of the country's top aerobatic pilots will be loop-de-looping through the skies at this weekend's Andrews Air Force Base air show, and one WAMU reporter got an early glimpse of what's in store.

Arlington Town Hall Looks At Legacy Of Desegregation

It's been nearly 55 years since the Virginia General Assembly adopted a policy known as "Massive Resistance," the closing of public schools in protest of efforts to desegregate. Now there's an effort under way to involve the state's current residents in a dialogue about the policy's legacy.

D.C. Water To Cut Pollution From Wastewater Plant By Half

D.C. Water says that by 2014 it will have completed an upgrade that will cut its pollution in half and generate electricity to power the its water treatment plant.

Gray To Name New DDOT Director

After months of waiting, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is expected to announce his choice for a new leader for the city's Department of Transportation today.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Local music at Strathmore Mansion, Italian drawings at the National Gallery of Art, and flying a kite for lost loved ones in Haiti.

College Faculties Launch Campaign For Equality In Higher Ed.

On the anniversary of a landmark Supreme Court decision, Brown vs. Board of Education, ... which paved the way for equal access to education, college faculty members from across the country are launching a campaign that they hope will be another pivotal moment in higher education.

Chris Myers Asch: How To Hustle To Your Position

Chris Myers Asch teaches history at the University of the District of Columbia and coordinates UDC's National Center for Urban Education. He reflects on a childhood baseball team that taught him the fundamentals of manhood.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

GM Breaks Ground On Electric Motor Facility In Maryland

Proponents of green manufacturing at the state and national level gathered in White Marsh, Md., Tuesday to break ground on a new facility at General Motors' Baltimore Operation.

Jack Johnson Apologizes To PG County After Pleading Guilty

Former Prince Georges County Executive Jack Johnson, accused of corruption by the federal government in 2010, has reached an agreement with prosecutors.

D.C. Wastewater Treatment Plant To Make Electricity From Waste

The District's Wastewater Treatment Plant, one of the largest in the world, is getting new technology to generate electricity from waste and cut the plant's nitrogen pollution in half.

Commentary By Sally White: Honoring The Art Of Caregiving

May is Older Americans Month, but commentator Sally White, executive director of Iona Senior Services, says we should take the opportunity to pay tribute to those caring for older Americans as well.

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