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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Local Web Series Highlights Anacostia

"Anacostia -- The Web Series" is heading into its third season. And in case you haven't clicked your way to the series yet, it's an Internet soap opera, home-grown in Southeast D.C.

Chesapeake Region Leads East Coast In Sea-Level Rise

Communities across the globe are beginning to come to grips with climate change and sea-level rise. One of the places where the water is rising especially quickly is right here in the Chesapeake Bay region.

Metro Crime Highest In Five Years

Metro crime statistics show the transit agency has hit a five-year high in the number of rapes, robberies and assaults.

Principals Discuss Prepping Students For College, Careers

A confidential survey of D.C.'s 10 comprehensive high schools highlight some of the challenges in getting their students ready for college or a career.

MoCo Fire And Rescue Put County Council To The Test

In Maryland, the Montgomery County Council is currently reviewing elements of the 2012 operating budget. In this period of belt tightening, Fire and Rescue is working to insure its needs and mission are clearly articulated.

Officers Charged With Taking Financial Cut From Auto Shop

In Maryland, 31 Baltimore police officers have been suspended, 17 of whom are facing conspiracy and extortion charges.

D.C. Leaders Brace For Potential Federal Gov't Shutdown

The date March 4 is looming large over city leaders in D.C.
That's when a potential federal government shutdown could happen.

Supporters Optimistic Md. Alcohol Tax Will Be Raised

In Maryland, supporters of raising the state's alcohol tax 10 cents per drink are optimistic they will be successful this year in Annapolis.

Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passed In Maryland Senate

The Maryland Senate passed the bill 25-21 Thursday. The bill now heads to the House of Delegates.

The measure, if passed by the House and signed by Gov. Martin O'Malley, was amended to include protections for religious groups and institutions to keep them from being forced to participate in gay weddings. But the bill would grant the same title and rights to same-sex couples that Maryland allows married straight couples.

If the measure becomes law, Maryland would become the sixth state to approve gay marriages. Sen. President Thomas V. Mike Miller said this month he felt the push toward more rights for gay men and women is part of a national trend.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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