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Friday, March 11, 2011

Alexandria Workers To Experience Gridlock

In Virginia, many commuters on I-395 are about to triple the time they spend on their daily commute.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Life in Palestinian refugee camps, paint in the DMV, and Baltimore's Wye Oak.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Draft Report Released On Gray Administration's Hiring Practices

In the District, questions surrounding who got hired and for how much continue to dog Mayor Vincent Gray's administration. A council member released a preliminary report Thursday afternoon looking at the issue.

Muslim Americans React To 'Radicalization Hearings'

A House hearing Thursday called by New York Rep. Peter King is stirring an emotional debate about the radicalization of American Muslims.

UVA, UMD Researchers Unveil Nitrogen Calculator

The University of Maryland and the University of Virginia have come up with an online Nitrogen Footprint Calculator that estimates how much nitrogen a person is responsible for releasing into the environment.

Fire And Rescue Crews Prep For Heavy Rain

A flood warning that lasts throughout the day has Fire and Rescue crews on the alert preparing for possible flash floods and heavy rain.

Metro's Early Weekend Closing Plan Moves Forward

A plan to shut down Metro train service three hours earlier on weekends is moving forward.

Power Breakfast: Echoes Of 'Drill Baby Drill'

In the throes of yesterday's diametrically opposed and ultimately moot votes on spending bills, two Gulf Coast senators found an opportunity to talk gas.

Possibility Of Flooding Looms Over Region

A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until 8 p.m. A flash flood warning is in effect until 9:45 p.m., while a flood watch is in effect until midnight.

Fight For Gay Marriage Is Personal For Maryland Delegate

A final vote on Maryland's same-sex marriage bill in the House of Delegates is expected to take place Friday. For Del. Heather Mizeur, passing the bill is not just a fight for her constituents -- it's a struggle for her rights, and the rights of her family.

DCPS' Kaya Henderson Drops 'Interim' From Title

Kaya Henderson has accepted the top job in DC's public school system. She sat down with WAMU's Kavitha Cardoza to talk about what the community can expect from her.

Maryland Governor Wades Into Septic Tank Battle

In Maryland, Gov. Martin O'Malley is stepping further into the debate over one of his top legislative priorities for this year: banning septic tanks in new developments.

Henderson Plans To Look Beyond Tests To Measure DCPS Progress

Kaya Henderson is setting out her priorities for District schools, after D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray tapped her to be the city's permanent schools chancellor. Test scores aren't the only factor Henderson plans to use to gauge progress.

Americans Want Better Bacteria Protection In Hospitals

There's a 1-in-10 chance that the next time you go to the hospital for surgery, you may get an infection -- and it could be deadly. Those findings are contained in a new survey sponsored by The Partnership for Quality Care (PQC) and Kaiser Permanente.

Small Fish In A Big Sightseeing Pond

Within the District of Columbia, there are upwards of 325 outdoor public sculptures, but somehow visitors end up choosing the same ones: the White House, the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. But if you look closely, right near each of the major monuments, there's at least one most people miss.