VIA THE WASHINGTON POST: The nation’s students are mired at a basic level of reading in fourth and eighth grades, their achievement in recent years largely stagnant, according to a federal report Wednesday that suggests a dwindling academic payoff from the landmark No Child Left Behind law. But reading performance has climbed in D.C. elementary […]

VIA THE WASHINGTON POST: The cost of shuttering federal government offices for five days during this winter’s back-to-back snowstorms was an estimated $71 million a day, tens of millions less than previously estimated, the official responsible for the shutdown told a congressional committee Tuesday. Officials had earlier estimated that the federal shutdowns cost about $100 […]

VIA THE WASHINGTON POST: The barista’s life is a frenetic one: pre-dawn openings, strung-out customers, the howl of steaming milk. Yet Liz Fedden got into coffee to unwind. Working as an Army nurse on a medevac helicopter ferrying wounded soldiers from Air Force bases to Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Fedden found a quiet corner […]

VIA THE WASHINGTON POST: Thirteen shots flew into afternoon rush hour along I-95 southbound Tuesday after an enraged Jaguar driver pulled a gun on the driver of a Ford truck driver that twice had hit the shooter’s car as the pair muscled each other near a merge lane from Route 123, Virginia State Police said. […]

(Washington, DC) — DC police are investigating after a home invasion near Howard University in which students were robbed of their belongings. WJLA-TV reports six masked men burst into an off-campus home around 3 a.m. Monday. One suspect threatened a female student with a golf club and demanded money. Other suspects threatened a roommate with […]

VIA CNN: Washington (CNN) — President Obama signed sweeping health care reform legislation into law Tuesday, hailing the moment as the latest example of America facing up to major challenges for the benefit of all its people. The bill constitutes the biggest expansion of federal health care guarantees in more than four decades, and its […]

(Baltimore, MD) — There are jobs available for U.S. Census Bureau enumerators to go door to door. Seema Iyer is directing the Baltimore City Complete Count Campaign. The door to door counting will start late April through the middle of July. For job information go to or contact the Census Bureau. Hiring will go […]

VIA THE WASHINGTON POST: Prosecutors recommended on Tuesday that Wizards star guard Gilbert Arenas spend three months in jail for bringing guns into the Verizon Center locker room. Prosecutors also proposed that Arenas serve three years probation and perform 300 hours of community service. The recommendations came in a sentencing memo to the court that […]

VIA THE WASHINGTON POST: Black-and-white photos of students laughing with first lady Michelle Obama and White House chefs Sam Kass and Bill Yosses hang in the entryway of Kimball Elementary School in Southeast Washington. Kimball’s students have been invited twice to visit the White House because their school has a vegetable garden. What it doesn’t […]

VIA THE WASHINGTON POST: Towson University police say two students were robbed at gunpoint when two men forced their way into their dorm room. In a campus crime alert, police said the students responded to a knock at the door of their room in Glen Tower B, a coed residence hall, about 3:30 p.m. Monday. […]