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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Gray To Name New DDOT Director

After months of waiting, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is expected to announce his choice for a new leader for the city's Department of Transportation today.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Local music at Strathmore Mansion, Italian drawings at the National Gallery of Art, and flying a kite for lost loved ones in Haiti.

College Faculties Launch Campaign For Equality In Higher Ed.

On the anniversary of a landmark Supreme Court decision, Brown vs. Board of Education, ... which paved the way for equal access to education, college faculty members from across the country are launching a campaign that they hope will be another pivotal moment in higher education.

Chris Myers Asch: How To Hustle To Your Position

Chris Myers Asch teaches history at the University of the District of Columbia and coordinates UDC's National Center for Urban Education. He reflects on a childhood baseball team that taught him the fundamentals of manhood.

Locals Respond To Clergy Sex Abuse Study

A study of clergy sex abuse in America, sponsored by the U.S. Catholic Church, concludes that a combination of social factors, deficiencies in seminary education and inconsistent responses by church leaders contributed to the crisis.

D.C. School Officials Tighten Test Security After Investigation

In the District, test scores at three public school classrooms are being thrown out after an investigation found strong suspicion of what officials are calling test security violations.

First Of Three Funerals Held After Montgomery County Car Crash

Authorities say 20-year-old Kevin Coffay, the suspected driver in the car crash which killed three friends in Montgomery County, was released on bond late Tuesday. Meanwhile, Wednesday the first of three funerals for the victims of the tragedy was held.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Advocacy Groups Seek To Delay New Gay Adoption Rules In Va.

Advocacy groups are asking the Virginia Board of Social Services to delay new rules they say would discriminate against gay people who want to adopt.

Md. Governor: Transgendered People Need More Protection

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says he will work for greater protection for transgendered people in the next legislative session. O'Malley's pledge comes in the aftermath of an attack on a transgender woman in Maryland in April.

Former P. G. County Exec. Jack Johnson Pleads Guilty

In Maryland, former Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson has pleaded guilty to two federal charges he faces in connection with a pay-to-play corruption scandal involving developers.

Metro Proposes Increasing Train Wait Times

As Metro works to close a $66 million budget gap, riders could face longer Metrorail delays on weekends and the elimination of some bus routes.

After Fatal MoCo Crash, Police And Parents Beg Teens To Be Careful

Following this past weekend's triple fatal car accident in Montgomery County, authorities are urging teen drivers, their friends, and parents to consider the consequences of poor judgement behind the wheel.

Jack Johnson Pleads Guilty

UPDATE: Former Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson has pleaded guilty to charges of extortion and witness and evidence tampering. Johnson entered the plea to the two counts in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt on Tuesday.

D.C. Activists Fighting Gray Proposal To Repurpose Stadium Funds

A deal struck in 2004 to set aside funding for the Nationals ballpark neighborhood -- in order to get the needed votes to build the stadium -- is in jeopardy, and D.C. activists aren't too thrilled.

D.C.-To-NYC Buses May Get More Expensive With New Regulations

In D.C.'s Chinatown neighborhood, buses leave to or arrive from New York City at almost any hour. These buses have grown in popularity, thanks in large part to their low prices. But starting this summer, D.C. can charge companies for using curbside space.

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