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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Rep. Bartlett Steps Up 6th District Fundraising

Far from retiring after Maryland's redistricting plan passed, Republican House Representative Roscoe Bartlett has kick-started his re-election campaign with a fundraising blitz.

Park Police Remove Another Occupy DC Structure

Park police reportedly removed another wooden structure from the McPherson Square encampment of Occupy DC -- this time without any fights or arrests.

Wilson Museum Celebrates President's 155th Birthday

Wednesday marks the 155th birthday of President Woodrow Wilson, a native of Virginia, and in celebration, a museum dedicated to him is opening its doors to the public for no charge.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Average Age Of D.C. Area Vehicles Goes Up

A report by Triple-A MidAtlantic shows that the average vehicle in the D.C. area is older than ever, leading to an increase in the number of breakdowns.

A Second Life For Area Christmas Trees

Christmas trees have already had their big day in the spotlight, but many county governments are giving them a second life with programs that make mulch out of trees left curbside in the coming weeks.

D.C. Residents Push New Site For WWI Memorial

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Seeking to prevent the D.C. War Memorial from being co-opted into a national WWI memorial, residents are pushing for a new location in Pennsylvania.

Report: Many Virginia Drivers Falsely Ticketed

Ever gotten a ticket for driving without proof of insurance? A report from legal experts says that it's not actually against the law in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Study: Caregivers Suffer Adverse Health Effects

A study out of Virginia Tech revealed that the altruistic act of caring for an impaired spouse or parent can ultimately have harmful effects on the mental well-being of the caregiver.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Gross Remains Jailed In Cuba

Gross Rally

Alan Gross, the American government subcontractor who has been jailed in Cuba for more than two years, was not among the almost 3,000 prisoners recently released by the Cuban government.

Shoppers Pack The Malls The Day After Christmas

Post-Christmas Shopping

Shoppers flocked to area malls the day after Christmas -- some looking to cash in giftcards and others looking to get some overdue discounts.

Deadline Approaches For Low Interest Disaster Loans From Tropical Storm Lee

A deadline is fast approaching for residents of DC, and parts of Maryland and Virginia affected by the severe weather from Tropical Storm Lee.

Prince George's County's Possible Budget Shortfall

Rushern Baker

PG County looks to raise new revenue to deal with a possible budget shortfall.

Friday, December 30, 2011

The Mount Pleasant Riots, Decades Later (Originally Broadcast 4/29/2011)

More than two decades ago, several days of rioting rocked the Latino community in D.C.'s Mount Pleasant neighborhood.

'Please Call Stella': The Speech Accent Archive (Originally Broadcast 6/24/2011)

George Mason University is home to an ambitious project to record accents from all over the world.