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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Latest D.C. News

Four children are at a hospital after reportedly swallowing or sniffing cocaine at Thomson Elementary School in D.C. on Thursday.

Latest Virginia News

The tobacco industry argues menthol cigarettes aren't riskier than regular cigarettes, and eight children and one adult were injured when a Suffolk elementary school bus collided with a van.

SoberRide Offers Free Cab Rides

Those who drink too much celebrating St. Patrick's Day can avoid getting behind the wheel by dialing up a free cab service.

Power Breakfast: Gas Price Hearings On Capitol Hill

From Capitol News Connection:

High fuel prices are more than a seasonal consumer nuisance. Prices of all kinds of goods, including food, go up. Poor and rural communities take the brunt of it.

Suburban Hunger Problems Start To Rival Needs Inside D.C.

A large donation from a major food corporation is helping 12 area food banks cope with rising demand.

Japan Crisis Puts Md. Power Plant In Question

As concern grows over the endangered Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan, questions are being raised about a proposed expansion for Maryland's only nuclear power plant.

Activists Call For Enhanced Early Education

Researchers say infants and toddlers who receive quality care are more likely to stay in school, graduate, get jobs, and build strong relationships. But access to quality programs in D.C. can be difficult, especially in these tough economic times.

D.C. Men Charged With Dozens Of Violent Crimes

Local law enforcement authorities say the people behind several deadly gun battles last year are now behind bars, after the arrest of more than half a dozen alleged gang members in Southeast D.C.

Gray's Chief Of Staff Is Out, Administration Looks To Move Past Scandals

Mayor Vincent Gray is shaking up his staff as he tries to help his administration regain its footing after a rocky start. The mayor fired his chief of staff Gerri Mason Hall during another chaotic day at the Wilson Building.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Art and science, art and less science, plus some crazed and slightly dazed comedy.

Royal Couple Choses D.C. Charity To Receive Wedding Gifts

Prince William and Kate Middleton have selected a Washington-based organization as one of the charities chosen to recieve donations in lieu of gifts to the royal couple.

Maryland News Roundup

House leaders want to reverse education budget cuts proposed by Gov. Martin O'Malley, and state lawmakers question Maryland Jockey Club's appeal for subsidies.

Latest D.C. News

Military training flights are scheduled for Thursday morning between midnight and 3 a.m. in the Washington region.

Latest Maryland News

Maryland State Police will conduct saturation patrols for St. Patrick's Day, and a study found that Maryland state parks contribute more that $650 million a year to the state's economy.

Latest Virginia News

A Marine Corps detachment that's been assigned to Redstone Arsenal since 1972 is about to leave for a new home, and a Virginia-based humanitarian aid organization has sent a team to Japan.