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Posted at 08:43 AM ET, 04/24/2012

Clemens trial opens; Gray plans for sustainable D.C.; Prince George’s to extend school day (A.M. Buzz)

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Retired pitcher Roger Clemens arrives at D.C. Superior Court Monday for the start of his perjury trial. (Susan Walsh - AP)
The Roger Clemens trial opened Monday, with prosecutors saying the seven-time Cy Young Award winner has himself to blame for charges that he lied when he testified before Congress on baseball’s steroid scandal. The defense plans to launch its case today.

Gray says D.C. could gain 250,000 new residents in the next 20 years, and he wants the city to plan for it now. Under a far-reaching new sustainability plan, to be unveiled today, in two decades most people would use non-car transportation and many homes and apartment buildings would feature compost piles.

Are you a student in need of 40 more minutes of class each day? Head to Prince George’s County. Most middle-schoolers there will face that much additional time per day starting next year. School officials say they want the additional time to enrich student instruction, but it will also save $5 million per year in transportation costs.

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By Jimm Phillips  |  08:43 AM ET, 04/24/2012

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