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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 05/02/2011

Hope anew: Toward war’s end, a cleaner river, better oysters and bagels

Good morning! You know that feeling of disorientation you get when you’ve been away for a weekend and you’re trying to catch up on a few days of local news at once? Yeah, I felt that way too until I heard the news about Osama bin Laden. Here’s the celebration outside the White House earlier this morning.

Run, River, Run: When attention turns to the Anacostia River, the reaction is unanimous — it’s filthy. The Anacostia is “one of the most polluted waterways in the nation,” according to a new report, which says the river is beset by sewer overflows, trash, and oil and grease that run into the river when it rains. The report pins part of the blame on the feds; and at 10 a.m., D.C. mayor Vincent Gray will speak at an event on the problem.

Make mine with a schmear. Believe it or not, there are good bagels to be found in the Washington area. Are you a disbeliever? Try this list.

Who doesn’t love a fresh Maryland oyster? The bivalves, like all life, depends on a healthy environment, and their habitat in the Chesapeake Bay relies on them, too. There’s a master plan to return the oyster to its former glory, and it’s harder than you think.

Farm team for teachers. Loudoun County is reaching into the high schools for nascent teachers and getting them into the classroom (not their own, but others’) to get a taste of the teaching experience. The county hopes this will prep the next generation of quality educators to come back and take over the schools.

History of violence. The woman charged in the killing of her co-worker at the Bethesda yoga store Lululemon was once the subject of a restraining order after her boyfriend said she assaulted him.

We’re not going to talk about the Capitals’ loss yesterday, nor are we going to waste any more words on the celebrity-strewn and hardly local White House Correspondents Dinner from Saturday night. What we will focus on is how you can get around Tyson’s Corners construction and other useful, important and interesting local news, all at PostLocal. See you there shortly!

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