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Monday, December 1, 2014

Could Olympics Save Arlington's Aquatics Center? Some Say Idea Holds Water

Some county leaders in Arlington, Virginia are hoping that Washington’s bid for the Olympics might give new hope for an aquatics center approved by voters but put on hold.

Maryland Holds Inauguration Ceremonies For County Officials, Both New And Old

Inauguration ceremonies will be held all across Maryland today for county executive, council member, and commissioner positions.

Ferguson Protesters Block Traffic On I-395, Eight Arrested

Protesters rallying in the wake of the Michael Brown shooting brought I-395 traffic to a standstill during the weekend.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Mark Warner Quietly Elevated To Senate Democratic Leadership Spot

The Virginian — who voted against keeping Harry Reid as the top Senate Democrat — nonetheless was given a position in the party's policy shop.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Peaceful Protesters Block Georgetown Traffic To Decry Ferguson Decision

About 400 people took part in the latest in a series of protests stemming from the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Arena Stage Hosts Service Members For Thanksgiving Dinner And A Show

Members of the military are gathered at Arena Stage in Southwest D.C. on Friday for a late Thanksgiving dinner and a free show.

On Black Friday, Protesters Demand That Walmart Pay Higher Wages

Labor activists and protesters marched to a Walmart store in D.C. this morning, demanding that the mega-retailer pay higher wages and offer better schedules for employees.

Bowser Transition Team To Host Open Houses On D.C. Issues

Have an opinion on a pressing D.C. issue? Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser wants to hear it.

New Walking Tours Dish On Easton's Rising Food Scene

A husband and wife have launched a walking tour of the blossoming food scene in the little Eastern Shore town of Easton, Maryland.

Lyon Distilling Restores Maryland’s Rye Whiskey Tradition

A century ago, Maryland was a well-known producer of rye whiskey. One distillery is bringing the tradition back.

Move Over, Smith Island Cake: Maryland's Unsung Culinary Delights

Maryland cuisine goes far beyond Smith Island cake and crabs. White potato pie and Kossuth Cake, anyone?

Baltimore's 'Arabbers' Keep 150 Years Of Tradition Alive

Baltimore's "arabbers" walk around the city selling fruits and vegetables from horse-drawn carts — a job that harkens all the back to the Civil War.

Mambo Or Mumbo, Learning The Secret Behind D.C.’s Special Sauce

We get the juicy story behind the tangy, gooey sauce thought to be D.C.'s homegrown condiment.

Frederick Bakery Fries Up Donuts For The Animal-Free

In Frederick, Md., two bakers are whipping up traditional doughnuts with some rather non-traditional ingredients.

Koreans Roll In To D.C.'s Bagel Businesses

The D.C. region is home to more than 60,000 Korean immigrants, and a growing number are turning to bagel baking.