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Monday, March 28, 2011

D.C. Council Holds Hearing On Gray Hiring Practices

The D.C. Council is holding a hearing Monday morning on the hiring practices of Mayor Vincent Gray's administration.

D.C. Council Tackles Hiring Of Sulaimon Brown

The D.C. Council has begun its probe of the personnel practices of the Gray administration. The hiring and firing of Sulaimon Brown dominated day one of the investigation.

Skunk Cabbage: A Foul-Smelling Blossom With A Hot Secret

It's cherry blossom season and the showy flowers will soon be at their peak, drawing around a million visitors. But there's another, less famous flower in our region that may be worth a visit. It's a remarkable blossom that quite literally burns its way out of the ice as early as January.

Virginia Autism Bill Awaits Governor's Signature

Virginia's governor, Bob McDonnell, has until midnight Tuesday to sign a bill forcing insurance companies to provide coverage for autism-related treatment for young children.

Consider This With Fred Fiske: Who's Dog Is Smarter?

This week, Fiske considers dog intelligence, including how it's been studied and what both scientists and dogs have learned.

Maryland News Roundup

A Senate committee voted Friday to pass a bill that will allow wineries in and outside of Maryland to ship bottles of vino directly to customers, and a major health care reform bill has advanced in the House after legislators amended the measure.

Fairfax Executive Rejects Citizen Review Board For Police

For more than a year in Virginia, a coalition of civil rights activists and neighborhood groups have been asking for a citizen review board that could conduct investigations of police misconduct. Now members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors are about to hear a recommendation against creating an oversight board.

Latest Maryland News

A brewing company that was awarded a half-million dollar loan by the state is asking Delaware economic development officials to modify the terms of the agreement.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Street art in a gallery, revolution at Ford’s, and a DRC documentary.

Latest D.C. News

Politics and Prose bookstore has found a buyer for the 27-year-old establishment.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Health Care Exchange Bill Advances In Maryland

Unlike legislatures in other states, the Maryland General Assembly is moving quickly to set up the health care exchange that's required under the nations new health care law.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Newly-Formed Coalition Of Asian-American Groups Raises Money For Japan

In Virginia, Asian-American groups from around the area have joined forces to help victims of the disaster in Japan.

Michelle Obama Named Commencement Speaker At Virginia High School

A small high school on the Marine Corps base at Quantico, Va., is landing a big name commencement speaker: The school is expecting a visit from first lady Michelle Obama.

Ocean City Chosen To Host National Extreme Sports Tour

In Maryland, Ocean City has been chosen to host the first leg of the 2011 DEW Tour, a nationally televised extreme sports event.

Friday, March 25, 2011

FAA Changes Protocol After Air Traffic Controller Fell Asleep On Duty

Federal safety officials are taking steps to avoid a repeat of the incident on Wednesday morning when an air traffic controller fell asleep in the tower at Reagan National Airport, leaving two passenger planes to land without assistance.

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