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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Tree Canopy Shows Improvement In D.C.

According to statistics released by the D.C. Urban Forestry Administration, the urban tree canopy in the District is up 2.1 percent since 2006.

Mega Mystery: Maryland $105M Lotto Winner Still Unknown

There were three winning tickets for the $656 million Mega Millions jackpot, but so far none of them, including the winner who bought her ticket at a Baltimore County 7-Eleven, have stepped forward to claim the winnings.

Barry Disparages 'Dirty' Asian-Owned Businesses

Former D.C. Mayor and Ward 8 Councilman Marion Barry has fielded criticism for comments he made at a victory party Tuesday about the need to remove Asian-owned businesses that he describes as "dirty."

Maryland To Ban Arsenic-Based Chicken Feed

Maryland legislators are moving to ban the sale of chicken feed additives that contain arsenic, after a bill was passed in the state Senate Thursday.

Anti-Incumbent Super PAC Challenges Moran

The addition of Super PAC funds has changed the nature of the Congressional primaries -- enough so that even formerly "safe" incumbents like Jim Moran are concerned about their effects.

Child Predator Sting Busts 20 In Virginia

Police in Virginia have arrested 20 people across the Commonwealth in an undercover sting aimed at catching Internet sex predators in the state and elsewhere.

Tour Buses Back On National Mall Route

Open Top Sightseeing's iconic double-decker buses will begin gracing the National Mall, as the National Park Service has given them the go-ahead after the last operator went out of business.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Washington Power Brokers Prepare The Next Generation: The U.S. Senate Youth Program

For 50 years, the United States Senate Youth Program has brought an elite group of high school students to tour the buildings and meet the power brokers of Washington, D.C... and has launched the careers of some well-known alumni.

Door To Door: Cherrydale, Va. And Michigan Park , D.C.

This week, we visit D.C.'s Michigan Park and Cherrydale, Va.

Elite American Kayakers Vie For Olympic Gold

Maryland natives Caroline Queen and Ashley Nee are longtime friends... and among the nation's top kayakers. At the 2012 Olympic trials (April 12-14), they're going head-to-head for a chance to compete for the gold in London.

D.C. Leaders Ponder A Plan To Modernize Taxicabs

District leaders are weighing a plan that would modernize the city's taxis at a cost to passengers.

D.C. School Librarians Face An Uncertain Future

Some District public-school librarians are worried about their next chapter, now that DCPS has released its new budget.

Maryland Lawmakers Tackle Big Environmental Questions

Maryland lawmakers are debating a number of environmental issues, from wind power to banning arsenic in the state's poultry industry.

Illinois, D.C. Kids Form Unusual Partnership

What happens when a D.C. teacher hears a story about Illinois kids raising money to visit the District?

Library Of Congress Preserves A Treasure Trove Underground

A former Cold War bunker houses the Library of Congress Packard Campus of the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center: the world's largest collection of films, TV programs and sound recordings.