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Thursday, October 20, 2011

New Gaithersburg Road Breaks The Mold

The extension of Watkins Mill Road in Gaithersburg isn't particularly remarkable in and of itself, but the inclusion of private funding makes it a trail blazer for Montgomery County.

Virginia Parents Plead Guilty After Barricading Children

Two parents in Prince William County pleaded guilty after they were discovered to have barricaded their children in a room by nailing drywall across the door.

Federal Funds Sought For National Cathedral Repairs

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is seeking $15 million of federal disaster funds to go towards the repairs of the National Cathedral, which was damaged in the August earthquake.

Energy Efficiency Accolades For Maryland

In a new report, Maryland came in 10th in the nation in energy efficiency, besting both D.C. and Virginia by virtue of of the 2008 Empower Maryland Act.

D.C. Man Killed By Falling Tree Branch

A popular personal trainer from NW D.C. was killed Wednesday morning after being struck by a falling tree branch.

Friday, October 21, 2011

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Oct. 21

Spooky hands, Poe with few props and Boo at the Zoo.

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D.C. Gigs: Catering to Washington's Powerful

In this month's D.C. Gigs, Occasions Caterer's Assistant General Manager Paul Varga talks about the joys of working some of the hottest parties in town.

Is Local Better When It Comes To Our Food?

Is locally-grown food really fresher, greener and better than stuff shipped from far away? The reality behind the assumption presents a locavore's dilemma.

Door To Door: Hyattsville, Md. & Lansdowne, Va. (Rebroadcast)

This week, we're heading to the suburbs to visit Hyattsville, Md. and Lansdowne, Va.

[Music: "No, Girl" by John Davis from Title Tracks]

Moving Beyond Memories: Telling Stories with "TimeSlips"

For some seniors struggling with memory loss, completing a single sentence can be an arduous, even impossible task. But at Iona Senior Services, individuals facing cognitive decline are weaving together entire tales through a new program called Time Slips. As Jessica Gould tells us, the goal is to bring people together and help individuals who are at a loss for words achieve the triumph of a complete thought.

[Music: "Time After Time" by John Coltrane from Stardust]

Something Old, Something New: Inside The Hill Center

For decades, Capitol Hill residents have watched the stately Old Naval Hospital at 9th and Pennsylvania Avenue SE crumble and deteriorate. Now the building is getting a new lease on life as the Hill Center. The brand new community hub will feature everything from cooking and yoga classes to film screenings and rental space for special events. Rebecca Sheir tours the Hill Center to learn the building's history, and hear how a hospital commissioned by President Abraham Lincoln has transformed in to a gathering place for residents of Capitol Hill.

[Music: "Our Love is Here to Stay" by Dexter Gordon from Our Man in Paris]

The Return of Peirce Mill

An old flour mill in D.C. that once served congressmen, senators, and even a president has been revitalized to serve and educate a new generation.

Coming Together To Honor WWII Heroes... 67 Years Later

A group of World War II service members missing for nearly 70 years will finally be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery this week.