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All Opinions Are Local: May 2, 2010 - May 8, 2010

A bridge to cross for Science City

By Richard Lampl Rockville What a great milestone. The Montgomery County Council has approved the Science City Plan, the beginning of an international center for biosciences [Metro, May 5]. The county and the region will become famous for breakthroughs in...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  May 7, 2010; 7:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  HotTopic , Montgomery County , development  
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Progress and Science City

By Allen W. Feldman North Potomac It is the same old conflict, whether it is about the ICC or widening I-270 or building the Montgomery Science City: people who are against growth. The writer of the May 3 letter “Montgomery’s...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  May 7, 2010; 7:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Montgomery County , development  
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The "college dropout pod"? Why not?

LOCAL BLOG NETWORK Wednesday's Post reported on a controversial new idea for senior citizens: mobile housing units that could be temporarily placed in backyards to give seniors a way to partially move in with relatives instead of going to nursing...

By David Alpert  |  May 7, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  HotTopic , Local blog network , housing  
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It’s a credit, not a cut

LOCAL BLOG NETWORK On a whim last month, I hitched a ride with a friend who was going to the Tea Party Tax Day protest in Freedom Plaza. Journalistically, it wasn’t very profitable because it was exactly what I expected:...

By Washington Post editors  |  May 7, 2010; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  HotTopic , Local blog network , Va. Politics , Virginia , taxes  
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Fenty's ex-gay blunder so stupid it can't be sinister

LOCAL BLOG NETWORK A modestly sized Facebook group has popped up this week promoting the notion that D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty, the same man who steadfastly supported the local marriage equality movement and hosted an elaborate signing ceremony for the...

By Sommer Mathis  |  May 7, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  D.C. , D.C. politics , Fenty , HotTopic , Local blog network  
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Climategate's real perpetrator

By Daniel Lashof Arlington The political harassment of climate scientist Michael Mann by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II [“Cuccinelli demands files from U-Va.,” Metro, May 4] is reprehensible. It does us all a disservice by distracting from the risks...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  May 6, 2010; 7:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  HotTopic , Virginia , environment  
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The irony of Cuccinelli's investigation

By Stuart Endick Burke Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II’s investigation of climate science work at the University of Virginia to determine whether taxpayers were defrauded as a professor sought grants for global warming research is highly ironic. Mr. Cuccinelli...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  May 6, 2010; 7:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Virginia , environment  
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Where to look for waste and abuse in Virginia

By Wendy Zomparelli, Charlottesville The elimination of fraud, waste and abuse is often touted as the solution to budget woes in government. I wonder how much it will cost Virginia’s taxpayers to have the University of Virginia collect the documents...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  May 6, 2010; 7:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Virginia , environment  
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Social safeway reopens with bizarre fete

LOCAL BLOG NETWORK Last night, the Georgetown Safeway -- a.k.a. the Social Safeway, despite the fact that the Glover Park Whole Foods has long since displaced it as the grocery-store-cum-pick-up spot for the 20007 Zip code -- celebrated its reopening...

By Topher Mathews  |  May 6, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. , Local blog network  
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Cuccinelli's strange fishing trip

LOCAL BLOG NETWORK You can't get much more over the top than Virginia Attorney General Kenneth N. Cuccinelli II's "civil investigative demands" for information and e-mails involving five grants supposedly involving global warming at the University of Virginia. There's no...

By Peter Galuszka  |  May 6, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  HotTopic , Local blog network , Virginia , environment  
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What about after school?

By Ed Morgan Williamsburg Regarding the May 2 front-page article “Bill aims to get D.C. kids to shape up”: The D.C. Council’s plan to improve school nutrition and intensify physical exercise on campus is commendable. There’s no reason schools cannot...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  May 5, 2010; 10:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C. , HotTopic , schools  
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Healthier schools, healthier children

By Joshua Kolko Washington Kudos to the D.C. Council and, especially council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3), for championing the Healthy Schools Act. As a family physician on the front lines of this city’s battle against childhood obesity, I...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  May 5, 2010; 9:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C. , schools  
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Learn what you can do for our street trees

LOCAL BLOG NETWORK Walking the streets of Washington this time of year is one of the special privileges we earn in return for suffering through the wet sauna that is a D.C. summer. There are fewer sights quite so lush...

By Topher Mathews  |  May 5, 2010; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. , HotTopic , Local blog network , environment  
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Bridging a 138-year-old divide suits L'Enfant's spirit

LOCAL BLOG NETWORK The National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) will debate whether "closing" portions of three nonexistent "paper streets" along the Anacostia waterfront adequately respects the L'Enfant Plan. The way to best fulfill the spirit of the L'Enfant Plan, however,...

By Washington Post editors  |  May 5, 2010; 11:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C.  
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It's okay, Cuccinelli. Starbucks is into modesty, too

LOCAL BLOG NETWORK Doesn't Ken Cuccinelli know that it's never, ever okay to joke when you hold public office? Alas, no. A jest he made last week snowballed into a frantic blitz by bloggers and pundits accusing the attorney general...

By Paige Winfield Cunningham  |  May 4, 2010; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  HotTopic , Local blog network , Va. Politics  
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Government: The more local, the more relevant

LOCAL BLOG NETWORK It's quite likely that no city's residents are more attuned to national politics than the denizens of Washington. This will come as no surprise, since a large number of the area's residents get their paychecks directly or...

By Topher Mathews  |  May 4, 2010; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. , HotTopic , Local blog network  
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AAA says "share the road"

LOCAL BLOG NETWORK AAA Mid-Atlantic must not have gotten the memo: bicycles aren't a scourge to oppose at all costs. May is National Bike Month, and the national organization put out a press release urging drivers to respect bicyclists. "AAA...

By Washington Post editors  |  May 4, 2010; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  D.C. , HotTopic , Local blog network , traffic , transportation  
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Virginia arts museum gets a winning makeover

LOCAL BLOG NETWORK In addition to everything else, now Virginia Attorney General Kenneth N. Cuccinelli may be giving art a bad name. His latest antic of cloaking the bosom of the Roman lady on the state seal on pins given...

By Peter Galuszka  |  May 4, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  HotTopic , Local blog network , Va. Politics , Virginia , arts , economy  
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Don't worry about chlorine levels in D.C. water

By Fred M. Reiff Chevy Chase As a former public health official in both the U.S. Public Health Service and the World Health Organization/Pan American Health Organization directly involved in drinking-water quality, I wish to correct the misinformation in Rose...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  May 3, 2010; 6:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  D.C.  
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What the ICC hath wrought

LOCAL BLOG NETWORK Maryland is taking heat for refusing to supply Metro with its full subsidy for the next fiscal year. Money is tight for everyone, and Maryland has other priorities. Other priorities like the $2.56 billion intercounty connector, the...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  May 3, 2010; 4:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  HotTopic , Local blog network , Maryland , Metro , transportation  
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Is history changing hands in Georgetown?

LOCAL BLOG NETWORK Yet another historic school building in Georgetown may be converted away from its original purpose if reports are true that the Corcoran Gallery of Art has sold the Fillmore School to real estate developer EastBanc Inc. The...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  May 3, 2010; 12:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Saving trees on the Chesapeake's shores

By Robert Willey California, Md. As I travel around the waterways of the Chesapeake Bay, I can’t help but notice the explosion in housing and the disappearance of trees. It is apparent that many people want a view of the...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  May 3, 2010; 11:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Chesapeake Bay , HotTopic , Maryland , environment  
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A core-only, peak-of-the-peak Metro fare?

LOCAL BLOG NETWORK WMATA staff will evaluate the MetroRiders.Org/Greater Greater Washington/Coalition for Smarter Growth recommendation to replace the generalized peak-of-the-peak charge with one of up to 50¢ that only applies to trips in the "congested core." At last week's board...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  May 3, 2010; 10:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  HotTopic , Local blog network , Metro  
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