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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Former Archives Employee Charged With Theft

A former employee of the agency that guards the National Archives, which houses the nation's most important documents, has been charged with stealing from the agency.

VDOT To Close One Exit To I-66 On Beltway

Starting tomorrow, drivers should get used to getting over to the right to merge onto I-66 West from northbound I-495 -- the inner loop of the Capital Beltway -- the left exit onto I-66 W there will close permanently to make way for new HOT lanes. 

Warrenton Improves Access For Disabled Residents

Disabled residents in Warrenton, Va. will soon have better access to public buildings, parking lots and service areas.

Latinos Now Majority Of Children In Poverty

Latino children now make up the largest population of young people living in poverty in the United States, according to new data from the Pew Hispanic Center.

Cats Rule At New Cage-Free Shelter


The Animal Welfare League has opened a newly renovated, cage-free shelter for cats in Olde Towne Gaithersburg, hoping to increase the rate of adoptions by creating a more relaxed environment for both the animals and potential adopters.

Friday, September 30, 2011

'30 Americans' And The Impact Of African-American Art

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The exhibit "30 Americans," now on view at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, features some of the most provocative and vibrant art produced by African Americans in the past 30 years.

Remembering the Legacy of Lincoln

President Abraham Lincoln's legacy of tolerance, equality and acceptance is coming to life over the next five years at Ford's Theatre with The Lincoln Legacy Project.

Door to Door: Woodley Park, D.C. and Occoquan, Va.

This week, a Woodley Park resident talks about the enjoyment she gets from the National Cathedral bells, and then we'll swing by Occoquan, Va., where the Mayor talks about the town's activities.

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

The Legacy Of Traffic Gridlock On Local Bicyclists

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The D.C. region's heavy traffic isn't confined to local roads and the Beltway. It now includes bikes lanes and park trails.

Creating An A+ Legacy For District Students

Teachers in the District go through a lengthy evaluation process each year, and the best of the best are offered bonuses of up to $25,000. One of those teachers talks about her teacher style, and how it earned her respect with her students, parents and fellow educators.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Federal Workers Getting Used To Near-Shutdowns

Federal workers react to narrowly avoiding a government shutdown ... again.