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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Va. Governor Visits Alexandria to Sign "Ashley's Law"

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell visited Alexandria today for the ceremonial signing of "Ashley's Law" - named after a local resident killed in a traffic accident in 2008.

D.C. Charter Schools Chair Talks Test Scores, Discrimination Allegations

Approximately forty percent of children in the District attend charter schools -- institutions financed by public funds but not subject to the same rules and regulations that govern traditional public schools. Brian Jones, chairman of D.C.'s public charter school board, sat down with WAMU's Kavitha Cardoza to talk about school test scores, the choices the schools provide, and allegations of discrimination.

DC Water GM Says Ruling Could Affect Water Bills

A judge's ruling requiring federal regulators to come up with tougher pollution standards for the Anacostia River has the head of the DC Water District's water utility concerned.

Blacktop's Plays Don't Just Play It Straight

The 2011 Capital Fringe Festival marked the debut of a new theater company in Washington. A handful of recent George Mason graduates started the group, and a glimpse of their Fringe submission makes one thing obvious: when they put on a play, they do mean play.

Metro Adds New Bus Route To Deal With BRAC Traffic Woes In Alexandria

Metro has unveiled a new bus line to help handle traffic problems in Alexandria, Virginia created by the Base Realignment and Closure changes.

‘Art Beat’ With Sean Rameswaram

Ten years of Irvine Contemporary, Kodachrome color at Photoworks and Georgetown University stages The Omnivore’s Dilemma.

Monday, July 25, 2011

After BG&E Turns On Power Saving Program, PSC Investigates

A Maryland regulatory panel is examining the use of Baltimore Gas and Electric's energy saving program.

Volunteers Gather To Beautify Arlington National Cemetery

Hundreds of volunteer landscapers are out at Arlington National Cemetery this morning to help beautify the grounds.

Virginia Lawmakers Still Debating Offshore Drilling

Virginia lawmakers are fighting for the state to get millions of dollars in revenue from allowing drilling off the state’s coast.

D.C. Schools Chancellor Talks Test Scores, Teacher Evaluations, And Next Year

Henderson served as the interim chancellor after Michelle Rhee left the post in October, and was confirmed as the new chancellor by the D.C. Council in June. She's now preparing for her first full school year as chancellor, and she sat down with WAMU's Kavitha Cardoza to talk about test scores and teacher evaluations from the previous academic year and plans for the new one.

Norwegians, Others Mourn At Norwegian Embassy

A life sized bronze statue of Princess Martha, one of Norway's most beloved figures, graces the entrance to the Norwegian Embassy in Northwest D.C. Now, white roses, candles, images of orthodox saints lie at the foot of the statue as expressions of sympathy over the massacre of almost 100 people in Oslo, Norway Friday.

Arrest Warrant To Be Issued For Suspect Involved In State Trooper Assault

According to police, James Howard, 54, of Hyattsville claimed he had crashed his car on the Beltway early Saturday morning, but when a state trooper arrived at the crash scene, the suspect allegedly cut the trooper's hand through the window of his cruiser, reports the Associated Press.

‘Art Beat’ With Sean Rameswaram

Screen on the Green returns to the Mall, Bauhaus is still in style and Ms. Fridrich gets emotional at the Black Cat.

Arlington Considers Future Of Its Last Dairy Farm

In Virginia, leaders in Arlington County are trying to determine the future of Reevesland, the last working dairy farm in what is now a thriving urban area.

Virginia To Consider Early Standardized Testing

Later this week, members of the Virginia Board of Education are set to take up a proposal that would allow school divisions to conduct standardized testing earlier for students in middle school, and retest those who fail.

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