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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

District Veterans Recall Army's Only All-Black Ranger Unit

As the nation pauses this week to honor the sacrifices of military veterans and their families, leaders in the District are also remembering D.C. residents who fought for their country and helped break down other barriers as well.

D.C. Region Faces Another Day Of Extreme Heat

A Code Orange air quality alert is in effect for the Baltimore-Washington region, to go along with the extreme heat that is expected to stick around for at least one more day.

D.C. Kids Prep For A Summer With Far Fewer City Programs

Non profits in Washington D.C. are calling it the 'perfect storm': Two months where funding for summer classes, a youth jobs program and enrichment activities have been slashed because of the District's multi-million dollar budget shortfall.

In Nigeria, Former Va. Gov. Learns Political Lessons

Former Virginia Governor Doug Wilder went to Nigeria in May to provide advice to elected leaders restructuring their government after years of political unrest, but Wilder says he came back more knowledgeable about issues the United States struggles with as well.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Ballet Nacional de Cuba, Booty Candy, and Alexander and Fam.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Bay Bridge Fear Means Business Boom For Shuttles

The Maryland Transportation Authority estimates more than 360,000 are traveling on Maryland's Bay Bridge this weekend. But some of the people driving those vehicles will have some pretty white knuckles as they make the trip -- thanks to a disorder called gephyrophobia: the fear of bridges.

Consider This: Rethinking Whether Poker Is A Game Of Chance

While some consider poker to be based on luck, a new study breaks down the results from the 2010 World Series of Poker to show that highly skilled players had a clear advantage.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

A double dose of Hitchcock and Williams, plus scenes from life in the District.

What Is BRAC? Your Questions Answered

A quick guide to the basics of BRAC's local impacts. WAMU 88.5's The Kojo Nnamdi Show will be exploring its various effects on the D.C. region throughout the month of June, and WAMU 88.5 News has compiled its coverage from the past year.

Adopt A Trail In Maryland For National Trails Day

National Trails Day is next weekend and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources is looking for volunteers to help maintain trails at state parks across Maryland.

Virginia's Libraries Seek To Preserve WWII Memories

The ]Library of Virginia](http://www.lva.virginia.gov/) wants World War II veterans and their families to share diaries, correspondence, and other materials.

After Dancing Arrests, Park Police Launch Inquiry

After the arrests of several protesters for dancing at the Jefferson Memorial Saturday was caught on video, the U.S. Park Police has launched an inquiry into the conduct of the arresting officers, according to an NBC4 report.

Heat Advisory In Effect Today, Tomorrow

It's going to be hot out there today and tomorrow, and health officials in the area have issued a heat advisory as of noon today. The advisory is scheduled to last until 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Yvette Lewis Named Acting Md. Democratic Party Chair

Maryland Democrats have a new acting party chair: Yvette Lewis, a longtime political volunteer with an unusual background.

Police Seek Arsonist In Laurel Car Fires

Authorities in Maryland are looking for an arsonist set fire to two vehicles used by the Deputy City Administrator of Laurel.

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