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News Archive - September 22, 2009

Getting A Leg Up: Interning In D.C., Part 2

Every year, an army of interns descends on Washington to work in government offices and at non-profits and businesses to beef up their resumes and gain some real-world experience before they enter the job market.

As Natalie Neumann discovers in part two of our series "Getting a Leg Up", int...

Some Commuters Have Already Chosen to Go Car Free

It may be Car-Free day today, but many commuters have already chosen to go car free over the past few years. Between 2007 and 2008, as gas prices soared, public transit saw a surge, according to a report by Environment America. Across the state of Maryland, ridership on buses and subways increase...

Car Free Day Attracts Bikers

Many people are choosing to bike to work for Car Free Day.

Howard Connelly is riding on his chimera of a kinetic sculpture. "It's made out of garbage bicycles and it's welded all together, and people ride it around," says Connelly.

Used organ pipes hooked up to a nitrogen tank sing a...

"Art Beat" with Stephanie Kaye - Tuesday, September 22, 2009

(September 23 & 26) COSI FAN TUTTE Mozart goes to Hollywood as the Source theater stages Cosi fan tutte in Tinsel Town, tomorrow night and Saturday. The irreverent opera, literally translated as "All Women Do It," struck a scandalous chord in Mozart's day. A live chamber ensemble helps sets t...

Power Breakfast for September 22, 2009

The place where the worlds of high finance and farm commodities converge: the House Agriculture Committee. Today is part two of a hearing on President Obama's plans to regulate the over-the-counter derivatives market. A derivative is a bet on the future value of a product - whether that product c...

Getting a Leg Up: Interning In D.C., Part 1

Internships provide valuable experience and help beef up a graduate's resume. About 20,000 young people come to D.C. every summer seeking opportunities at government agencies, businesses and non-profits. Izard was an intern in the WAMU 88.5 Newsroom this summer.

Lauren Izard reports Part On...

D.C. Council Back In Action

The D.C. Council is back, and city lawmakers will take up right where they left off--battling the worst economy since the Great Depression.

The agenda for the council's first legislative session since the summer reflects the city's tough economic climate and a joblessness rate that now tops...

Rules Change Could Delay Northen Virginia BRAC Moves

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) Northern Virginia has received what amounts to a three-year reprieve from a looming deadline to relocate up to 20,000 military jobs that some say will cause a traffic meltdown.

Since 2005, the region has been seeking to blunt the impact of the Pentagon's 2005 base realig...

Commuter Connections Offers Alternatives To Driving

Today is CarFree Day. Sponsored by local agencies, the event is focusing on alternative transportation for commuters. For the D.C. region, with traffic congestion rated second only to L.A., that's no small feat.

Nicholas Ramfos is off to find a slug. "What we're gonna do is stop by the Pa...

Immigration Reform Town Hall Meeting in VA

The issue of immigration reform was the subject of a town hall meeting in Virginia. The most passionate voice heard at this town hall in Falls Church belonged to Representative Jim Moran. "They come here and they are Americans, and it doesn't matter what they look like or believe, cause the are A...

NTSB Issues Urgent Safety Recommendations After June Metro Crash

The National Transportation Safety Board is issuing urgent safety recommendations in response to the crash on Metro in June that killed nine people.

In it's investigation, the NTSB found that track circuits were sending out random signals that confused the system that is supposed to keep tr...

Fairfax County Calls This Week "Try Transit Week"

The board of supervisors is calling this week Try Transit Week in Fairfax County. Part of a statewide effort, this program coincides with CarFree Day, which is today.

The hope for the county is for residents to avoid driving alone and use other options to get to work, such as Metrobus, carp...

Circulator Bus Route Changes Coming In October

In October, riders who use D.C. Circulator buses will lose some service but also gain some.

The following changes will take effect on Sunday, October 4, 2009:

Union Station – Georgetown route

Service will be discontinued on Wisconsin Avenue NW, north of M Street. The new Georget...

Getting A Leg Up: Interning In D.C., Part 3

When thousands of young people work as interns in D.C., especially during the summer months, many don't get paid. But as Julia Pepe reports in the final part of our series "Getting a Leg Up", that doesn't mean they don't have a significant impact on the bottom lines of some local businesses.

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VA Congressman Holds Town Hall on Immigration Reform

There was another town hall meeting held in Virginia, but instead of health care issues, the folks at this gathering tackled immigration reform. The most passionate voice heard at this meeting in Falls Church belonged to Representative Jim Moran. "They come here and they are Americans, and it doe...

New Proposal Aims To Protect Foster Children's Identities From Being Stolen

D.C. council member Tommy Wells says foster children are particularly at risk for identity theft. Wells says wants to make it easier for them to start living independently with clean financial slates.

According to Wells, children in foster care are at greater risk for having their identitie...

Former Congressman William Jefferson III Denied Request For New Trial

A U.S. district judge ruled against a motion filed by former U.S. Representative William Jefferson III. Jefferson was convicted in August on 11 of 16 counts for using his influence to broker business deals in Africa.

Bill Redlin has more...

D.C. Taxi Drivers On Strike Until 6 P.M.

Taxi drivers in D.C., 7,000 of them, are on strike until 6 p.m. today, in protest of some of Mayor Adrian Fenty's policies.

Larry Frankel of the Dominion of Cabdrivers was among those picketing in front of the Wilson Building. He says driver income has dropped 30 percent since Fenty replace...