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Helping kids deal with shutdown stress

Just like their parents, kids are feeling the effects of the government shutdown.

Friday - 10/04/2013, 06:54am EDT

Tags: shutdown, parenting, children, anxiety, Eleanor Mackey

Consumer group fights with USDA over food safety

A consumer advocacy group is petitioning the U.S. Department of Agriculture to halt a pilot program aimed at improving the efficiency of meat industry inspections because the group says it will make meat unfit for consumption.

Friday - 09/27/2013, 05:16pm EDT

Tags: food safety, USDA food inspections, meat processing, consumer protection, sumofus.org,

No quick fix for Montgomery County's poor math scores

Staffers studying Montgomery County's high failure rates on final math exams briefed the Board of Education Monday - and there won't be a quick fix.

Wednesday - 09/25/2013, 07:29am EDT

Tags: Montgomery County Public Schools, board of education, Math scores, mcps

Push to close Montgomery County schools for Muslim holidays

Public schools close around Jewish and Christian holidays, and some in Montgomery County are pushing for schools to include Islamic holidays in their closures.

Tuesday - 09/24/2013, 12:55pm EDT

Tags: eid, muslim, islamic, George Leventhal, Montgomery County Council, Montgomery County Public Schools

Pepco wants to charge customers who don't switch to smart meters

Pepco has asked the Maryland Public Service Commission to allow it to charge a $75 up-front fee to those customers who opted out of the smart meters.

Saturday - 09/21/2013, 09:59am EDT

Tags: Pepco, smart meters, Maryland Public Service Commission, Glenn Glass,

Food banks brace for federal cuts

House cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program are leaving a bigger impact on local food banks.

Friday - 09/20/2013, 05:23pm EDT

Tags: manna food center, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Food banks, food stamps, house of representatives,

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Montgomery Co. investigates practices of trash companies

Montgomery County is investigating the labor practices of companies it pays to haul trash.

Thursday - 09/12/2013, 01:38pm EDT

Tags: trash, trash strike, Potomac Disposal, Unity Disposal and Recycling, Ecology Services,

Montgomery Co. trash workers return to work

A strike by Montgomery County trash collectors has apparently ended and regular trash service will resume Thursday.

Wednesday - 09/11/2013, 07:29pm EDT

Tags: Potomac Disposal, strike, trash, Potomac, Md., Silver Spring, Md.,

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Silver Spring Transit Center on hold until 2014

Contractors for the Silver Spring Transit Center say the summer of 2014 is the earliest the project could be ready to operate, and county officials seem to concede that's the case.

Tuesday - 09/10/2013, 11:00pm EDT

Tags: silver spring transit center, transportation

Party poopers? No pooch pool soiree this year in MoCo

It's a real doggie downer. This year's annual end-of-summer swim for four-footed friends in Montgomery County has been cancelled.

Saturday - 08/31/2013, 09:00am EDT

Tags: Canine influenza, Montgomery County Recreation Department, pooch pool party,

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