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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Clinical Dietitian Offers Weight Loss Tips For Children

Kelly Sinclair, a clinical dietitian at Children's National Medical Center, spoke with WAMU's Kavitha Cardoza for her five-part series, "The Heavy Burden of Childhood Obesity." Here are a few of the weight-loss tips she has for children:

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Interfaith Passover Celebration In VA To Be Held In Mosque

A unique Passover celebration in Northern Virginia brings different religious groups together to celebrate freedom, honor tradition and most importantly, promote unity.

Charlie Sheen Police Escort Under Investigation

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says the Metropolitan Police Department's Internal Affairs Division is still investigating claims that actor Charlie Sheen received a full police escort from Dulles International Airport into downtown D.C. for a show earlier this week.

Delays On Metro's Red And Blue Lines This Weekend

If you're planning on riding Metro's Red or Blue Lines this weekend, you may want to factor in additional time to compensate for expected delays due to maintenance and track work.

"The Inspector" Is Coming to Wold Trap

Next week at Wolf Trap, the National Capital Region will be home to the world premiere of a comical opera called "The Inspector."

At The National Zoo, A Joint Recycling Effort

Earth Day is over, but the National Zoo is encouraging people -- and animals -- to keep recycling.

Montgomery County Police Crack Down On Littering

The Montgomery County Police Department says it'll be participating in an anti-littering campaign run by the Alice Ferguson Foundation and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.

Friday, April 22, 2011

On Earth Day, National Zoo Preaches And Practices Conservation

For Earth Day, the National Zoo is offering activities to teach children about conservation. But the Zoo is also trying to become a better steward of D.C.'s local environment.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Earth Day art and theater from the heart.

George Mason Basketball Coach Heads To Miami

George Mason men's basketball coach Jim Larranaga is leaving the Fairfax, Va., school. He's accepted an offer from the University of Miami to become the new head coach.

Latest Maryland News

BALTIMORE (AP) The discovery of a missing North Carolina teen's body in a Maryland river brings the investigation of her disappearance into a new phase. The body of Phylicia Barnes, who disappeared while visiting her older half-siblings in Baltimore on Dec. 28, was one of two bodies found Wednesday near the Conowingo Dam on the Susquehanna River. Barnes' 17th birthday was Jan. 12.

Latest Virginia News

A Virginia Department of Transportation scientist says the agency could save money and help the environment if it composted roadkill. Bridget Donaldson says the agency's current disposal methods contain environmental hazards.

VDOT reportedly spends more than $4 million on roadkill removal and disposal every year.

Maryland News Roundup

From MarylandReporter.com:SCHAEFER'S LAST ROAD TRIP: The Baltimore Sun's Jean Marbella details the two-hour motorcade journey on Monday that will take the body of former Baltimore Mayor and Gov. William Donald Schaefer through the city that he loved one last time. Residents can say their last goodbyes to Schaefer along the motorcade or as he lies in state in Annapolis or Baltimore's City Hall. The Sun's Michael Dresser writes which streets will be closed for Schaefer's motorcade, and when. WBAL TV has a video report.

Lawsuit Filed Against Washington Harbor Managers After Flood

The managers of Washington Harbour on the Georgetown waterfront are facing a $5 million dollar lawsuit after the complex flooded this week.

Metro Bus Driver Hired Despite Criminal Charges

Metro is investigating why one of its bus drivers was reinstated after he allegedly ran his bus into a minivan and caused one death in 2008.

Officials are also examining why the driver Ronald Taylor was hired in the first place, considering his earlier criminal record.