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News Archive - October 28, 2012

Artist Loses Commission In Virginia Due To Religious Symbols

Alexandria leaders have rejected a sculpture for Freedman's Cemetery memorial because it contains religious symbols.

Afghan Army Seeks Better Equipment, But Lacks Basic Skills

When you see a U.S. soldier standing next to an Afghan one, the difference is striking. U.S. troops are saddled down with much more high-tech equipment. But many say handing over better devices won't actually be helpful for soldiers who still need the fundamentals.

Rocker Gary Glitter Arrested In Connection With U.K. Sex Abuse Investigation

Glitter, born Paul Gadd, is the first person to be arrested in connection with the Jimmy Savile abuse inquiry that has rocked Britain and its publicly funded broadcaster, the BBC. Glitter was released on bail until mid-December after being questioned.

Mandatory Evacuation For Ocean City Residents

Ocean City residents who live downtown must evacuate the resort by 8 p.m. Sunday.

Sweden Wants Your Trash

Move over Abba, Sweden has found new fame. The small Nordic country is breaking records — in waste. Sweden's program of generating energy from garbage is wildly successful, but recently its success has also generated a surprising issue: There is simply not enough trash.

A Safe Haven For The Printed Word Turns 200

The American Antiquarian Society houses the largest collection of materials printed in the U.S. Its library has books, newspapers, letters, even board games dating from 1640 to 1876, and its members include some notable characters, including 14 presidents.

Metro Reminds Riders About Storm Safety

With the possibility of a super storm moving through the D.C. area, Metro riders face some specific dangers.

Sandy Could Be Strongest Storm Ever To Hit East Coast

The latest reports from the National Hurricane Center say Sandy is getting stronger, and is shaping up to be the unprecedented storm forecasters feared.

Virginia Urges Absentee Voting To Power Through Before Storm

The Virginia State Board of Elections is advising local registrars to accommodate voters who ask to vote absentee because of the potential impact of Hurricane Sandy.

Museum Teaches Anatomy And Disease With Ghoulish Body Part Bake-Off

Get an anatomical education through cakes, cookies, and cocktails. A British museum is hosting an anatomy-themed bake sale this weekend.

Metro Suspends Operations For Hurricane Sandy

Metro has suspended all bus and rail services Monday in light of the forecasts of high winds and power outages expected over a wide swath of the D.C. area.

Frankenstorm: Has Climate Change Created A Monster?

This year, Americans saw a strangely warm winter, a ridiculously hot summer and extreme drought conditions. As Hurricane Sandy advances on the East Coast, folks may be wondering if climate change has come to pass. Let's see what science can tell us.

'Time For Preparing And Talking Is About Over,' FEMA Chief Says

Hurricane Sandy, the superstorm that's headed north from the Caribbean, is expected to make landfall along the New Jersey coast. Its impending arrival prompted the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people across several states, and pushed New York City and Philadelphia to announce that their transit systems would close.

Hurricane Sandy Expected To Cause Major Flooding

The Washington, D.C. region is bracing for what's expected to be heavy flooding from Hurricane Sandy.