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Patriots traveled to National Society of Black Engineers Annual National Convention

Patriots traveled to National Society of Black Engineers  Annual National Convention

What an awesome experience!  The Patriots traveled to participate in the National Society of Black Engineers 37th Annual National Convention held in St. Louis, MO, on March 24-27th was indescribable.  Seeing thousands of young professional men and women come together to handle their business of preparing for college and achieving their career goal was simply incredible.  And, for the Patriots, our participation gave each and everyone who attended and/or contributed to this experience something to be proud of. 
  

Osteoarthritis: What You Know Could Save Your Joints!

Osteoarthritis: What You Know Could Save Your Joints!

According to the Arthritis Foundation, 27 million Americans live with osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis which involves a mechanical “wear and tear” of the cartilage that lines the inside of our joints and which, over time, can result in damage to the connective tissue and bone around the joint. The more you know about the condition, the greater your chance for success in finding the help that you need.

“The pain of arthritis is usually described as a deep ache or throbbing joint pain that is often worse upon getting up in the morning. In addition, sufferers may also experience muscle weakness around the arthritic joint and functional limitations, such as difficulty getting up and walking,” says Dr. David Wang, a specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at The Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine in McLean, Virginia (www.kaplanclinic.com).

UVA Pitcher Throws First Perfect Game In School History

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Virginia's Will Roberts tossed the first perfect game in school history, striking out 10 in the Cavaliers' 2-0 victory over George Washington on Tuesday.

The junior right-hander from Richmond needed 98 pitches in the eighth NCAA Division I nine-inning perfect game since 1957. Roberts (5-0) recorded 27 straight outs to complete the 19th perfect game of any length in Division I, and the first since Auburn's Eric Brandon in 2002.

PERFECT DAY: Reaction On UVA Baseball's Official Site

DC Parking Tickets Unpaid By Congress Members

DC Parking Tickets Unpaid By Congress Members

WASHINGTON (WUSA) - Some members of Congress have been ignoring the parking tickets and tickets prompted by cameras that record red light and speeding violations, and some have been doing it for years.

The Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call recorded the license plates and parking permits on cars in congressional parking lots on the Hill and at Reagan National Airport, and compared them to the city's public records data base to see what members had outstanding tickets.

"There is about $15,000 in outstanding tickets as of mid-March and, of those, about three-fourths, $11,500 is actually delinquent, meaning the tickets have been out for 60 days and, in some cases years, and they haven't been paid," said Roll Call writer Jennifer Yachnin, who did the spade work on the story.

"I am a bit surprised," said DC Mayor Vincent Gray.

Metro GM Warns Against Budget Cuts

Metro GM Warns Against Budget Cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Metro's general manager says efforts to maintain and refurbish the transit system would take a big hit if Congress gives final approval to a $150 million cut in funding.

General Manager Richard Sarles told The Washington Post's editorial board on Monday that train delays would become more frequent, Metro would order fewer buses and ticket machines might not be replaced if funding is reduced. Sarles, however, said that safety initiatives would continue even without the $150 million.

The National Transportation Safety Board recommended track equipment upgrades after a 2009 crash on the red line that killed nine people.

Sarles says the region's congressional delegation and lawmakers in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., have been working to preserve the funding.

USA Today Investigation: DC Standardized Test Scores: True or False?

WASHINGTON, DC (USA TODAY)--In just two years, Crosby S. Noyes Education Campus went from a school deemed in need of improvement to a place that the District of Columbia Public Schools called one of its "shining stars."

Standardized test scores improved dramatically. In 2006, only 10% of Noyes' students scored "proficient" or "advanced" in math on the standardized tests required by the federal No Child Left Behind law. Two years later, 58% achieved that level. The school showed similar gains in reading.

Because of the remarkable turnaround, the U.S. Department of Education named the school in northeast Washington a National Blue Ribbon School. Noyes was one of 264 public schools nationwide given that award in 2009.

USA Today Investigates DC Test Scores

USA Today Investigates DC Test Scores

WASHINGTON (USA TODAY) -- In just two years, Crosby S. Noyes Education Campus went from a school deemed in need of improvement to a place that the District of Columbia Public Schools called one of its "shining stars.

Standardized test scores improved dramatically. In 2006, only 10% of Noyes' students scored "proficient" or "advanced" in math on the standardized tests required by the federal No Child Left Behind Law. Two years later, 58% achieved that level. The school showed similar gains in reading.

 Get more details about the USA Today investigation.

Because of the remarkable turnaround, the U.S. Department of Education named the school in northeast Washington a National Blue Ribbon School. Noyes was one of 264 public schools nationwide given that award in 2009.