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Prosecutor Links Pot Decriminalization And Murder Spike In Prince George's County

Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said Friday that a jump in homicides in Prince George's County this year is likely linked to a law decriminalizing the possession of marijuana.
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Could Montgomery County Be The Next To Adopt Paid Family Leave?

Paid family leave is gaining traction in our region: The D.C. Council is considering an expansive program that would give Washington workers the most generous paid family leave in the U.S., and now Montgomery County is studying ways to finance a similar program.
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With New Law To Shield Records, Some Marylanders Get A Second Chance At Employment

The long-lasting consequences of a criminal record can affect nearly every aspect of a person’s life, from finding employment to securing housing. A new set of laws in Maryland lets some residents shield their records from public view. But advocates say the laws don't go far enough.

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New Play Highlights The Women Of Edgar Allan Poe's Life

An unusual play is resurrecting the women from Edgar Allan Poe’s life and work. The site-specific piece is staged in the Maryland Historical Society’s Enoch Pratt House, a Baltimore landmark few people get to visit.

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Report Card: Gains In D.C., Shaky Numbers In Maryland, No Change In Virginia

The National Assessment of Educational Progress showed that D.C. made some progress with students in math and reading, while Maryland saw some declines, and Virginia's numbers remained about the same.

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Montgomery County Schools To See Long Overdue Expansion And Modernization

School officials in Montgomery County are unveiling their construction plans for the next five years, and thanks to a backlog the northernmost part of the county will see a lot of construction.
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Where To Go For Foreign Affairs Talks? Try This Bethesda Retirement Community

Once a month, in a packed room in Bethesda, current and former ambassadors give lectures on everything from nuclear proliferation to the pros and cons of commercial diplomacy. But they have a rather unlikely audience: retirees in their 70s, 80s and 90s.

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Under New Common Core Test, Student Scores Drop In D.C. And Maryland

Educators got their first look today at how D.C. and Maryland students are doing with the new Common Core standards, and the results aren't great — fewer than half of high school students met the goals on tests tied to the new standards.
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Fines For Soliciting Prostitutes Being Considered In Montgomery County

If civil fines work to curb red light runners, why not johns? Montgomery County is considering legislation that would cost those caught soliciting a prostitute.

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Maryland Fisherman Snags Record-Setting Snakehead Fish

It was a record-setting day for one fisherman from Upper Marlboro, who caught a record-setting invasive fish.

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