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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

D.C. Students Take To Youtube To Talk Teen Pregnancy

The DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy is teaching a group of teen girls to be peer educators and giving them a chance to star in their own short films at the same time.

ACLU Says PW Co. Schools Block LGBT Websites

The American Civil Liberties Union says the public school district in Prince William County, Virginia is violating the rights of students and employees by blocking access to certain websites through school computers.

Capital Bikeshare Delays Intalling New Arlington Stations

Capital Bikeshare has delayed the installation of four new stations in Rosslyn and Courthouse in Arlington, Va.

Meet The Candidates In The At-Large Council Race

On April 26, District voters will head back to the polls to elect an at-large D.C. Council member for the seat vacated by Council member Kwame Brown, who is now council chair. Sekou Biddle is currently holding the seat in the interim.

We got video of some of the candidates when they came in to talk platforms, politics and other District issues with WAMU's Kojo Nnamdi recently. The rest of the candidates seeking the seat will have their turns in Nnamdi's studio Friday.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

The Go! Team at 9:30, Fragments at the Kennedy Center, and the art and science of multitasking.

D.C. Considers Online Gambling

The District of Columbia is becoming the first U.S. jurisdiction to allow Internet gambling, moving ahead of traditional gaming meccas like New Jersey and Nevada.

Emily Gasoi: A Quiet Victory For The Pack

Emily Gasoi is a local educator and graduate student. Gasoi says that while she's had many notable learning experiences throughout her life, her memories of nursery school remain among her most formative.

Ethics Reform Law Signed For Prince George's County

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has signed two ethics reform bills for Prince George's County.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Budget Deal Allows D.C. To Offer Internet Gambling

The District of Columbia is becoming the first U.S. jurisdiction to allow Internet gambling. The city is moving ahead of traditional gaming meccas.

Fresh From Jail, Gray Blasts D.C. Riders

Less than 24 hours after his release from a U.S. Capitol Police station, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray continues to fire back at congressional Republicans, Democrats, and the White House over the budget deal that imposes new restrictions on D.C.

Md. Officials Argue For Fracking Regulation At Hill Hearing

Congress is taking a closer look at the issue of hydraulic fracturing and Maryland's cautious approach to it.

O'Malley Signs First Batch Of Bills From General Assembly

Among the bills Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley signed just hours after the legislature adjourned for the year were measures that build the framework for the state to implement the federal health-care reform act.

Latest D.C. News

WASHINGTON (AP) Washington's sewer authority has produced a new cartoon to explain the largest construction project in its history. The four-minute cartoon titled "A Drop's Life" features two raindrops making their way through the city's sewer system and into new tunnels planned to prevent sewage overflows.

Latest Virginia News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A man who served seven years in prison for a 1979 rape has been declared innocent because of DNA testing. The Virginia Supreme Court granted a writ of actual innocence to Calvin Wayne Cunningham today.

Latest Maryland News

BALTIMORE (AP) A program that works to identify illegal immigrants in prisons and jails is expanding to western Maryland. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced today that it has launched the Secure Communities program in Allegany, Garrett and Washington counties.

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