1|Stocks rise, unemployment falls
The details: Stocks climbed this week as the government reported good news on state-level unemployment.
The development suggests increasing consumer confidence.
Dear Mr. President
2|Asking questions about Libya
The details: House Speaker John Boehner wants President Obama to defend his ordering the U.S. military to bomb targets in Libya without prior congressional approval. Boehner’s comments were echoed across the Left and Right.
3|F-35 engine flamed out
The details: Pentagon officials issued a stop-work order on a second F-35 engine being developed by General Electric. The program, which the U.S. House and the White House wanted defunded, has already cost billions of dollars and run past deadline.
Skin in the game
4|Arthritis drug may treat cancer
The details: British and American researchers write in Nature that they have discovered a new and unexpected treatment to inhibit melanoma. A drug commonly used to treat rheumatoid arthritis may also block the progression of deadly skin cancers.
D.C. population growing
5|District back above 600,000
The details: After declining to just 572,000 in 2000, the District of Columbia’s population has climbed to 602,000, according to newly released U.S. census figures. The number comes as a confirmation of D.C.’s ongoing urban renewal.
6|D.C. tops rankings in well-being
The details: District of Columbia residents are the happiest in America, according to Gallup’s latest “well-being” rankings. The Happy Face factors include emotional and physical health, access to basic necessities, a flourishing cultural life, and proximity to nature.
7|P.G. focuses on public safety
The details: Despite financial woes, Prince George’s County will add 50 police officers, a homicide detective, 220 police vehicles, 104 firefighters and seven fire trucks to its force next year. The increases are partially because of a spike in homicides earlier this year.
Basis for excellence
8|New charter school proposed
The details: BASIS Schools, ranked among the top 10 high school programs in the nation, wants to bring its rigorous format
to the District. BASIS requires every graduating senior to take 10 Advanced Placement exams, more than any school in the Washington area.
9|Dropped bus stops reinstated
The details: Responding to customer complaints, Metro reinstated seven of the 67 bus stops it eliminated in December
and relocated six more. The unpopular “service enhancements” triggered 20 complaints from angry riders within the first
10|Md. mom feeds hungry
The details: Afarin Homer found a way to circumvent wasteful federal regulations that send most subsidized school snacks into the trash. Her Food Recovery for the Hungry program will expand from Gaithersburg Middle School to five more Montgomery County schools next year.