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Friday, March 18, 2011

Four Young Students Ingest Cocaine At School

D.C. police are trying to find out more about what happened at Thomson Elementary School, where a student brought cocaine to school and shared with other students.

Loudoun May Withdraw Funding From Dulles Metrorail

Cost estimates continue to rise for the second phase of the Dulles Metrorail project -- from Herndon to Dulles Airport and beyond. And now Loudoun County may withdraw its share of the funding for the project.

Weekend Fundraiser Planned For Still Crippled Haiti

With daily updates of disastrous conditions in Japan, last winters earthquake in Haiti may seem like a distant memory. But there is still a lot recovery work to be done there.

Japanese-American Service Group Changes Priorities In Wake Of Disaster

In Virginia, the largest nonprofit organization specifically serving Japanese Americans in the area is desperate to do what it can to help disaster victims back in Japan. The group has decided to take a huge financial risk to do so.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Images of all kinds, chamber music, and Grimm Brothers.

D.C. Number One For Renewable Energy Purchases

D.C. buys more renewable energy than any other city in the country, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Commission Ends College Gender-Discrimination Investigation

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has decided to end a year-long investigation into possible gender discrimination in college admissions.

Maryland News Roundup

Taxes and budget issues are likely to dominate the rest of the legislative session, and cost concerns are jeopardizing the governor's proposal to subsidize offshore wind far development.

Latest Maryland News

Rep. Roscoe Bartlett will seek an 11th term in office, and scientists want the government to let apple and peach growers use an insecticide currently banned.

Latest D.C. News

Rock Creek Academy in Northwest D.C. is under investigation, and the annual youth law fair is Saturday at Washington's Superior Court.

Latest Virginia News

A Navy captain has been censured for producing and starring in a series of raunchy videos, and an FDA advisory panel says removal of menthol cigarettes would benefit public health.

Maryland House Grapples With Education Cuts

In Annapolis, a House committee is considering ways to restore $58 million for K-12 education in Maryland. House leaders want to reverse budget cuts to education proposed by Gov. Martin O'Malley.

Arrest Made In Connection With Homicide At Lululemon

UPDATE: Montgomery County Police have arrested 27-year-old Brittany Norwood in connection with the murder at the Lulumon Athletica Yoga store in Bethesda on March 11.

Top Stories With Washington Post Columnist Robert McCartney

Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey talks with Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney about Sulaimon Brown's accusations against Mayor Vincent Brown, the new bill to legalize gay marriage in Maryland, and the bill changing Price George's County Council's role in the development process.

Necklace With Hebrew Inscription Found At Scene Of Home Explosion

New details are emerging about an explosion at a mansion in Potomac, Md., as police and FBI officials work to unravel mysterious clues in the case.