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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

'Tysons Corner' Becomes Official Mailing Address

Tysons Corner, Va., is not only getting new Metrorail stations, but also its own designation by the U.S. Postal Service.

Data On Middle School Achievement Gap Provides Mixed Picture

New data shows that the achievement gap between middle school students in Maryland and Virginia who score proficient on national tests is decreasing, while the gap between students scoring advanced is getting wider.

Liz Lerman: Discovering 'The Intersection Of Art And Real Life'

Liz Lerman -- a choreographer, performer, writer and teacher -- had a learning experience that challenged her assumptions about her own work.

Metro Prepares For Possible Government Shutdown

As the possibility of a federal government shutdown looms, Metro says it is preparing to make adjustments in the case of a substantial drop in ridership.

Stink Bug Threat Has States Asking For Expanded Pesticide Options

Scientists representing seven states, including Virginia, Maryland and Delaware, are petitioning the Environmental Protection Agency to change rules on certain pesticides to allow farmers to better fight stink bugs.

Library Of Congress Adds More Songs To National Registry

The Library Of Congress is adding to the National Recordings Registry, which saves songs and other materials deemed to have "cultural significance."

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Nesting at torpedo, benefiting at La Masion Francaise, and the return of FilmfestDC.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

D.C. Leaders Start Construction On Massive Downtown Development

Leaders in the District are breaking ground on what is being billed as the largest downtown development currently underway in any U.S. city.

D.C. Lawmaker Wants Pension Reform For Teachers, Firefighters And Police

D.C. Council Member David Catania wants to tackle pension reform for the city's police officers, firefighters and teachers. He says the pension costs for these front-line workers are escalating way beyond what the city will be able to afford in a few years.

'Virginia Tomorrow' President Analyzes U.S. Senate Race

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine is running for a Virginia U.S. Senate seat in 2012. The former Virginia governor made that announcement with a tweet and an online video Tuesday.

Montgomery County Agencies Address Latino Youth Social Disparities

Today, Montgomery County agencies begin to figure out how to implement an ambitious plan that seeks to address many of the social disparities faced by Latino youth like 16-years-old Marvin Navarro who got kicked out of high school while back.

Audit Finds Irregularities, Mistakes With Kwame Brown's Campaign Finances

An audit by D.C.'s Office of Campaign Finance finds a number of problems with Council Chairman Kwame Brown's financial bookkeeping for his 2008 re-election bid to the council.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Tuesday night you can catch some ballet, celebrate a birthday, or get destroyed.

ICC Drivers Now Need E-ZPass To Avoid Fine

Beginning Wednesday, riding the ICC highway in Maryland without an E-ZPass device will land you a fine.

Collective Provides Artwork By Subscription

There's a new way to buy art in D.C., deveoloped by a group of artists known collectively as Project Dispatch. The group sells art the same way magazines are sold, by subscription. Each month of a subscription, a new piece of art arrives on your doorstep.

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