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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Latest D.C. News

Officials say a police campaign will target and ticket people who don't obey traffic laws.

Latest Virginia News

Ocean Breeze Waterpark in Virginia Beach is expanding its attractions.

PETA Asks To Sponsor Virginia Rest Stop

The group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) wants to "adopt" and rename an interstate rest stop in Virginia.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Maryland's Schools Superintendent Announces Retirement

Maryland's State Schools Superintendent, Nancy Grasmick, announced her retirement Wednesday. Grasmick says after 20 years on the job, she's looking for more flexibility in her life.

Board Recommends Names For Sliver Line Metro Stations

In Virginia, there are now proposed names for some of the Metrorail stations that will eventually open on the new Silver Line.

Frederick County Teen Accused Of Taking Loaded Gun To School

In Maryland, the 15-year-old boy who was arrested for bringing a loaded handgun into a Frederick County high school made his first court appearance Wednesday afternoon.

Virginia Honors Women With A Monument

It won't be long before Virginia women are officially recognized on the grounds of the State Capitol for their contributions to the Commonwealth and the nation.

Fairfax Superintendent Recommends Changes To Discipline Policy

In Virginia, the superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools has unveiled his proposal for revamping the district's student discipline process.

Montgomery County Could Start Charging For Saturday Parking In Bethesda

Bethesda is one of the most popular spots in Maryland for shoppers and restaurant-goers on weekends. But those who head there may be paying more to do so if county executive Isiah Leggett's budget proposal is passed.

Virginia Governor Proposes Amendments To Autism Bill

Autism advocates in Virginia have seen legislation mandating insurance coverage for autism-related treatments get all the way to the governor's desk this year. And now Gov. Bob McDonnell is proposing some changes.

House Votes To Revive D.C. School Voucher Program

UPDATE: The U.S. House has voted to revive the District's controversial school voucher program.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Pints and presence, locked up for laughter and bare necessities.

Maryland News Roundup

Senate passes $14.6 billion budget with fee increases; IWIF premium exemption extension killed; Miller says transgender discrimination bill won't see light of day; families of victims testify for stiffer penalties against negligent drivers who kill; anti-poaching bills swim through legislature; farm protection bill faces setbacks: sponsor "sickened" by politicking; Bring Your Own Wine bill dead; and Leslie Johnson gets May court date.

The Bottom Line: Who Are 'Google's Worker Bees'?

Google sends your emails, gives you driving directions and answers just about every question you might have. But earlier this month a court decision regarding its books project showed that Google is not perfect. A Virginia professor with a new book about the company says we should always keep that in mind.

Latest Maryland News

The state Senate has approved raising the Maryland alcohol tax by three percentage points over three years to nine percent.

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