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Your Child Wants to Join Army: What Do You Say?

It can be a heart-sinking moment. Your child announces a desire to join the military at a time when the U.S. is waging two wars. You honor the sacrifice of America's soldiers. But, as a parent, you’re selfish: Could you...

By Mike McPhate  |  March 11, 2009; 11:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  military  
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In This Game of Slots, D.C. Drivers Are the Losers

Last week — as I do almost every week of my life — I played the D.C. slots. This time on 20th Street NW. I found a parking space, pulled into it and climbed out of my car with my...

By Gina Acosta  |  March 10, 2009; 5:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Second-Class Citizens in Virginia

Voter turnout in this past election set records — for youth voters, minority voters and voters who hadn’t cast a ballot since the advent of the Internet. But thousands of Virginia college students were excluded because of vague election laws...

By Gina Acosta  |  March 10, 2009; 5:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Va. Politics , schools  
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Wrong Way on D.C. Voting Rights

Congress might be right in trying to correct the political wrong being done to the residents of the District of Columbia [Metro, Feb. 28]. Perhaps the lack of suffrage is an “intolerable injustice of American citizens being denied representation in...

By Gina Acosta  |  March 10, 2009; 4:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  DC Vote  
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Virginia's ________ Tests (Answer: Flawed)

Arne Duncan, President Obama’s education secretary, says he wants nationwide input on ways to improve the No Child Left Behind Act. If so, he should heed a lesson from Sarah Palin and the state of Virginia. Each winter, school districts...

By Gina Acosta  |  March 10, 2009; 4:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  schools  
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Build the Purple Line, Then Bury It

In 1955, Manhattan’s last aboveground rail line, the Third Avenue El, was closed. Since that time, urban planners have placed rapid transit-trains either underground, or down the middle of well-traveled roads. Chicago has its “L,” but one of its newest...

By Gina Acosta  |  March 10, 2009; 1:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Metro , Purple Line  
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