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Friday, May 27, 2011

Metro To Shorten Station Names

Metro has a problem. The names of some of its train stations are too long, and the transportation agency is now attempting to shorten some of those lengthy names.

Gardeners Seek To Stem Flower Thefts

With summer comes fresh produce, and, unfortunately, a seedier side of the gardening world. Faced with a rash of flower thefts, some gardeners in Northwest Washington are determined to fight back.

D.C. Mentors Seek To Strengthen Father-Son Relationships

Fifteen-year-old Christian Warren admits he doesn't see his father very often. Despite his father's relative absence in his life, he feels strongly about the importance of the father-son relationship, which is why he decided to join a new mentoring program for young, African-American men in D.C.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Top Gun and a pair of Memorial Day concerts.

Spelling Success: DC 6th-Grader Heads To National Bee

The Scripps National Spelling Bee begins next week at National Harbor. It is considered the most challenging spelling event in the world. Eleven-year-old Donovan Jordan beat out more than 2,000 of the city's best spellers to represent D.C. at nationals.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

U.S. House Bill Could Lead To Mark Center Delay

Critics of the Defense Department's new Mark Center building are a step closer to getting a delay in the arrival of thousands of federal workers to the new complex in Alexandria.

After Wheelchair Incident, Metro Reviews Policies

After a video surfaced on the Internet of a confrontation between a man in a wheelchair and Metro police, the transit agency is discovering its officers have very little guidance on how to treat people with disabilities.

'Lost' Communities In Virginia Find New Life

There are thousands of once-thriving communities throughout Virginia, some now long gone with few visible signs of life. A team of professors with Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture and Urban Studies is bringing some of these once-bustling places back to life.

Redistricting Riles D.C. Residents, Council Members

The District's plan to redraw its ward boundaries is moving forward after a subcommittee meeting on the topic Thursday. As Council member Jack Evans noted at the beginning of the meeting, redistricting is the one issue that gets people the maddest.

Former Teacher Gets 25 Years For Child Porn In Va.

A former teacher has been sentenced to 25 years in prison on child pornography charges in Virginia, after admitting a decades-long pattern of molesting teenage boys in the United States and Japan.

Gardeners Cultivate Crime-Fighting Instincts

It has become a rite of spring. Every year, flowers at the Newark Street Community Garden begin to bloom. Then every year, gardener Marcia Stein says, a thief comes and takes the blossoms away.

Park Service Wants To Use Sharpshooters On Deer Population

The National Park Service is considering using sharpshooters, among other ideas, to control growing white-tailed deer populations on Civil War battlefields in Maryland and Virginia.

Carjackings Raise Concerns About Safety Of Metro Garages

A string of two carjackings at Metro stations in Maryland have some fearing for their safety when they park in Metro facilities.

Enviro Groups: Bay Cleanup Plan Not Unreasonable

Environmental groups led by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation are trying to join a legal battle over Chesapeake Bay restoration plans.

Heading To The Beach Friday? Leave Before 10 A.M.

The number of travelers to the Eastern Shore over Memorial Day weekend is expected to grow from last year's numbers, and transportation authorities have a suggestion to avoid the crunch.

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