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Friday, August 19, 2011

Montgomery Co. Firefighters To Climb 110 Floors To Honor 9/11 First Responders

As part of a commemoration of the 9/11 terrorist attacks tomorrow, firefighters in Montgomery County will climb 110 stories -- the height of the twin towers.

Two Virginia Editorial Cartoonists' Thoughts On The Industry

Maybe it's the first page you turn to when you open a newspaper, or the first link you click on as you check the paper online. Editorial cartoons get people talking, but fewer and fewer newspapers are employing cartoonists full time, as dwindling circulations lead to layoffs.

Virginia's In-Person Absentee Primary Voting Deadline Is Tomorrow

The deadline is approaching for voters in Virginia who want to cast in-person absentee ballots for Tuesday's primary elections.

WaPo's McCartney: Cuccinelli's Possible Senate Run, Cantor's Endorsements For 2012, Montgomery County's Teen Curfew Proposal Reignites After 7-Eleven Flash Mob

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney offers an analysis on some of this week's about top stories including Ken Cuccinelli's possible Senate seat run, Eric Cantor's endorsement from George Allen, and the fate of Montgomery County’s proposed teen curfew.

Major Weekend Track Work, Expect Weekend Delays

Weekend Metro riders should expect delays yet again this weekend, as track work continues on the Red, Blue and Orange Lines.

Georgetown Basketball Players Brawl With Chinese Team

Georgetown's men's basketball team is regrouping after a "friendship" game against a Chinese professional squad in Beijing devolved into a violent fracas.

Still No ID On Anacostia River Spill Substance

Federal and state officials are still scratching their heads over the source of this week's pollution in the Anacostia river.

Prepare For Traffic During Today's 9/11 Motorcycle Ride

A memorial motorcycle ride in remembrance of 9/11 victims is set to roll through the D.C. metro area later today, tying up this evening's commute.

Two Rallies In Northern Va., Two Very Different Points Of View

As worries mount over the nation's financial crisis once again, there's no shortage of opinions in the D.C. area about how the government can help fix things. Two groups with starkly opposing points of view rallied at different sites in Virginia yesterday carrying two vastly different messages.

Changes To Deportation Process Could Delay Deportation For Young Immigrants

A request from 21 senators, including Maryland's Barbara Mikulski, has brought changes in how undocumented immigrants are deported.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

After Charter Schools Close, Parents Race To Find New Placements

Nearly 750 D.C. students were left looking for new schools after three charter schools closed and two eliminated their high school programs.

Charter school advocates defend the closures and say test scores at charters are still higher than they are in traditional D.C. public schools, in part because of their tough-love approach. But parents say in the short term, these school closure decisions leave their families hanging.

AAA Faces Uphill Battle For College Park Speed Camera's Removal

AAA Mid-Atlantic is calling for another speed camera to be removed in the region, this time in College Park. But the motorist advocacy group hasn't won many of these types of battles.

Howard County Sees Environmental And Economic Potential In Composting

Maryland's Howard County is calling on residents to put their leftovers to use through a new food scraps recycling program.

Rallies Voice Concerns Around Virginia

In Northern Virginia, two groups with very different ideas about the kind of political change the country needs held gatherings today.

Montgomery County Police Identify Suspects In 7-Eleven Flash Mob Robbery

A flash mob attack on a 7- Eleven in Germantown, Md. this past Saturday has kept Montgomery County police detectives very busy, but authorities say the effort has paid off.

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