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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

DCFD Hosts Freedom Riders

Douglas Kearns at D.C. Fire station

A group of firefighters riding from Atlanta to New York to honor 9/11 first responders got a month needed break -- an a meal -- last night, thanks to D.C. Fire and EMS.

Strip Mall's Neighbors Ponder Its Future

Penn-Daw shopping center sign

Neighbors of the Penn-Daw shopping center in Alexandria, Va., can't agree on what should replace the run-down center on King's Highway.

D.C. Traffic Faces 'Terrible Tuesday'

Traffic

The day after Labor Day brings back a large number of commuters all at once, leading AAA Mid-Atlantic to call the day 'terrible Tuesday.'

Montgomery County Targets Jaywalking

Jaywalking

Watch your step in Montgomery County; the county's police force it reinvigorating its crosswalk enforcement campaign.

Rep. Bobby Scott Won't Run For Senate

Rep. Bobby Scott

Democratic Congressman Bobby Scott of Virginia has decided to stay out of next year's U.S. Senate race. 

9/11 Anniversary: Local Muslims Reflect On Changes, Good And Bad

Imam Johari Abdul-Malik of Dar al-Hijrah mosque in Falls Church, Va.

In the 10 years since 9/11, Muslims in Northern Virginia have seen as much scrutiny from federal law enforcement and the national media as any community in the country. That attention has forced local Muslim groups to evolve and adapt, but it's not clear to some within the community whether the changes have been for the better. 

Monday, September 5, 2011

Commentary: On Interfaith Relationships After 9/11

Georgetown University President Jack DeGioia

Questions of religion, faith and trust are not unique to the Muslim community. Georgetown University President Jack DeGioia says 9/11 prompted interfaith dialogue in communities around the world, and now, 10 years later, it's imperative that those collaborations continue.

Chesapeake Pollution Linked To Dairy Farms

Northern end of Chesapeake Bay

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency believes dairy farms in Virginia partly to blame for ongoing pollution problems in the Chesapeake.

Wounded Warriors Take To The Field

Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team

Nationals Park was filled with wounded veterans and local celebrities -- not to mention an awful lot of high-tech hardware -- for a charity softball game Sept. 4.

D.C. Elections Board Probes New Gray Aide

The new deputy chief of staff for D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has come under fire for voting in the District while residing in Maryland.

D.C. To Change Rules For Tanning Salons

Feet in tanning bed

The D.C. government is eyeing legislation that would overhaul the rules for tanning salons.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

D.C.'s Pinball Museum Moving To Baltimore

Pinball machines

The owner of the 200-machine National Pinball Museum currently located in Georgetown Park mall in Georgetown says Baltimore has been more receptive to his museum than D.C.

MLK Memorial Quote Won't Be Changed

MLK Memorial

The lead architect for the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial says he does not plan to change a paraphrased quote by Dr. King inscribed on the newly opened memorial.

Worker Electrocuted In Takoma Park

Authorities say that a worker trimming trees in Takoma Park, Md., was electrocuted when a ladder he was using got too close to a power line.

Cardin: Spending Cuts Must Address Jobs

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.)

The zero-growth job numbers released Friday have Democrats and Republicans scrambling to spur job growth -- and point the blame.

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