Data Stories

Students in the Data Lab develop innovative data-driven web applications, interactive graphics and in-depth web projects. They serve as lead producers for CNS’ destination website and help test innovative new ideas to advance the practice of journalism.

Three unique challenges of those newly-discovered exoplanets

Don’t book your ticket to TRAPPIST-1, just yet. Here’s a look at three unique features of the newly-discovered solar system that might complicate things a bit.

Capitals new defender Kevin Shattenkirk should boost scoring

In 190 minutes on the power play this year with the Blues, Shattenkirk registered 20 points. The Capitals’ three most-used defenders have 27 points with the man-advantage—in nearly twice as much time on the ice.

Cherry blossom peak bloom could be one of earliest in history

The iconic cherry blossom trees in Washington, D.C., are expected to reach peak bloom sometime between March 14 and March 17, the National Park service announced this week.

Republican states lower in U.S. News ‘best states’ rankings

All but four Democrat-controlled state legislatures in the U.S. rest above the halfway mark of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best State” rankings, released Monday.

Maryland ranks eighth in new “best states” ranking

A new ranking of “Best States” released Tuesday by U.S. News and World Report ranked Maryland eighth, using factors like growth, employment, healthcare and education.

Cousins, Davis poised to be best big man duo in NBA history

DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis will take the court Thursday for their first game as teammates, bringing together two young, high-scoring big men in the prime of their careers.

Maryland tied for worst commute time in U.S.

Maryland is tied for the worst average commute time to work in the nation with New York, according to a CNS analysis of U.S. Census data.

Sagging NHL power play opportunities hurting Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin

Alex Ovechkin is quickly climbing the NHL’s all-time scoring lists, but a league-wide lack of power play opportunities may be hampering his ascent.

Achievement gaps contribute to Maryland’s fall in education rankings

A Capital News Service analysis of state education data found the achievement gaps were especially pronounced in counties with the highest success rates.

Prince George’s police prepare to roll out body camera program

Advocates hope the PGPD program — smaller in scope than similar efforts by police forces across the nation — will bring more accountability to a department with a long history of wrongdoing.