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News Archive - July 5, 2012

Saturday Is 'Chuck Brown Tribute Day' At Folklife Festival

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is dedicating Saturday to a day-long tribute to D.C. music legend and "Godfather of Go-Go," Chuck Brown.

At Folklife, Troupe Celebrates African Heritage With Pulse-Pounding Beats

An all-girl group called the Taratibu Youth Association celebrates their cultural heritage while simultaneously building the confidence and character of its dancers.

'Seventeen' Magazine Takes No-Photoshop Pledge After 8th-Grader's Campaign

Julia Bluhm, 14, rounded up 80,000 signatures with an online petition, and that convinced the magazine to promise not to digitally alter editorial photos of teen models. The editor in chief writes that Seventeen "never has, never will."

Proposal Puts Smart Meters In D.C. Cabs By End Of Year

In a move long sought after by the cab-faring population of the District, the city is planning to ink a deal that would install smart meters that would enable riders to pay by credit card in all licensed D.C. cabs by the end of the year.

Even Arlington Cemetery Can't Escape Storm Damage

As storm damage continues to be assessed around the D.C. Metro area, officials at Arlington National Cemetery report that they lost some trees and will have to replace headstones as well.

Maryland PSC Reserves Judgment On Pepco Response

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The head of the Maryland Public Service Commission is withholding judgment of Pepco's response to the damage caused by last Friday's storm, saying they will wait power is restored for all customers.

Obama Touts Auto Bailout In Ohio Tour

President Obama began a two-day bus tour of swing states Ohio and Pennsylvania on Thursday and spent part of the time campaigning on his bailout of U.S. automakers.

Federal Judge Richard Posner: The GOP Has Made Me Less Conservative

The longtime conservative jurist has been one of the nation's most respected and admired legal thinkers on the right. But in an interview with NPR, he expressed exasperation at the modern Republican Party, and confessed that he has become "less conservative" as a result.

Tim Burton Pies Spin Fantasy Into Sugar And Art

Tim Burton's artwork, at once so playful and so often strangely dark, is perfectly suited to inspiring creative pie making in Los Angeles, as entries in KCRW's annual pie contest last year proved.

Medicaid Expansion: Who's In? Who's Out?

Five states have said they will not expand Medicaid in the week since the Supreme Court's decision ruled the administration's health law could not be used to force the change. Low-income people who aren't poor enough to qualify for Medicaid now may be left high and dry.

Warning Against Eating Meat Has Chinese Olympians Off Their Game

The Chinese women's Olympic volleyball coach blamed his team's recent losses on their lack of access to safe meat while on the road. A lot of meat that's served in China is tainted with a chemical that's also considered a performance-enhancing drug.

Is It An Ice Cream Truck? Or An Armored Vehicle? No, It's A Mobile ATM

A mobile ATM vehicle for Bank of America has been set up to give its cutomers access to their accounts while a Bethesda branch remains without power.

The 'Arafat Killed By Poison?' Story: Here's What We Don't Get

Al-Jazeera has rekindled conspiracy theories about the Palestinian leader's 2004 death. But its investigation has also raised questions.

Website Tests How Political Opposites Actually Discuss Differences

It's called "Political Screaming Match," but a new site that connects political opposites for one-one-one discussions over issues as divisive as the health care law is testing whether the human touch helps to assuage partisan anger.

Jogger Sexually Assaulted On Arlington Trail

A woman was sexually assaulted while running on a trail in Arlington Tuesday evening, making it the third attack on a woman on a trail in the county this year.

Virginia Begins Late Car Registration Fee

Virginia drivers who let their car registration lapse will now have to dig a little deeper into their pockets.

Virginia's Small Businesses Show Growth Through Downturn

Small businesses on Virginia's main streets have been surprisingly resilient through the economic downturn, a new study from the University of Virginia finds.

Ocean City Locals Hunker Down As Summer Arrives

With the arrival of July Fourth, locals in Ocean City and surrounding resorts prepare to brave — or avoid — the ample crowds of summer.

Zimmerman's Bail Set At $1 Million

The man accused in the death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin has pleaded innocent. His earlier release on $150,000 bail was revoked after it was revealed that he hadn't told the judge about a large defense fund created on his behalf.

Pepco Restores Majority Of Outages, But Pace Expected To Slow

Pepco had some good news for customers yesterday, but the company will still have to face tough questions from the Montgomery County Council in two weeks. 

Mysterious Illness Claims Children's Lives In Cambodia

Cambodian health authorities say the majority of the ailment's victims have been under 7. They suffered high fevers, followed by severe respiratory problems, and in some cases neurological symptoms.

Life In Juxtopia

Linton Weeks describes the strange moments taking place in Juxtopia — the world where technological devices coexist with a lack of easily acquired power to run them.

In Lean Times, Creative Bakers Turn To Desperation Pies

Vinegar pie and green tomato pie don't usually top the list of America's favorite sweets. But in Depression-era America, these and other desperation pies that survive today showed off home cooks' ingenuity.

WikiLeaks Begins Release Of 2.4 Million Emails Linked To Syrian Officials

The whistle-blowing website says the exchanges will embarrass some western companies.

Countrywide Gave Lawmakers, Officials Hundreds Of Discount Loans

The mortgage giant sought to buy influence in Washington with discounts given to lawmakers and their aides, a new House report concludes. It also says Countrywide may have "skirted the federal bribery statute."

Employers Added 176,000 Jobs In June, Survey Says

That could mean the nation's jobless rate ticked down in June. The unemployment figure is due for release on Friday.

Romney Says Mandate's A Tax, But Also Sides With Justices Who Say It's Not

The GOP presidential candidate says the 2010 health care overhaul's mandate on Americans to buy health care insurance comes with a tax because that's what the Supreme Court ruled. But he also agrees with justices who use the word "penalty" instead.