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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Latest D.C. News

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says three officers have been arrested and a federal judge rejects the Libertarian Party's appeal to change the way D.C. tallies and reports write-in votes.

Students Rally To Support 'Maryland DREAM Act'

The Maryland Senate is scheduled to take up a bill this week that would allow the children of illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates at state colleges. A group of students who support the legislation have been rallying in Annapolis.

Ocean City Council Votes For All-Wood Boardwalk

In Maryland, the Ocean City Council voted to keep the board in its famous boardwalk. The vote will ensure that visitors will be strolling on an all-wooden surface when the city rebuilds the boardwalk this fall.

Another Report Rips Pepco

An independent study done for the Maryland Public Service Commission, which regulates utilities in the state, says Pepco's five-year plan to increase its service reliability was "cobbled together" in haste following a rash of lengthy power outages last year.

Latest Maryland News

Maryland bans reading texts while driving, a Baltimore county congressman wants to prevent protests at military funerals and a fire cause $50,000 worth of damage in Sykesville.

Latest Virginia News

A crane accident led to legal action in Portsmouth, a brief filed in the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals defends the federal health care law and VDOT is on a pothole-patching blitz.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Washington Kastles To Get A New Home

The Washington Kastles are building a new stadium along the waterfront in Southwest D.C. They'll compete there this summer.

Power Breakfast: Social Insecurity Part Two

To recap, "Social Insecurity Part One" ended with Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina declaring: "Again, I've never seen a better moment to deal with Social Security in a bipartisan fashion than right now."

Gray Calls For Investigation Into Sulaimon Brown Allegations

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is calling on the city's attorney general to investigate the allegations made by former mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown.

MoCo Considers Imitating D.C.'s Bag Tax

Officials in Montgomery County, Md., are looking to follow the District's lead and tax plastic bags at 5 cents each.

Changing Sea Level Spotlights Virginia Coast

The Chesapeake Bay Region is experiencing sea-level rise more quickly than anywhere else on the Eastern Sea Board.

Fewer Drivers On First Day Of ICC Tolls

Ridership on Maryland's Intercounty Connector took a big dip Monday, the first day that drivers had to pay for riding the new roadway.

Sea-Level Rise Already Affects Wildlife

Certain human communities in our region are grappling with flooding and expected rising sea levels. But wildlife in the region is also experiencing changes; sensitive ecosystems are already disappearing.

Students Speak Out Against UDC President

University of the District of Columbia President Allen Sessoms is defending himself against allegations of wasting thousands of taxpayers dollars.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Butterfly drama, life after Katrina, and an opportunity to appreciate nature.