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Monday, August 8, 2011

Washington Adventist Hospital Brings Move Proposal Before Health Board

Officials from Washington Adventist Hospital in Montgomery County will go before state regulators today seeking approval to move from its Takoma Park home to a site near White Oak.

Maryland Stepping Up Efforts To Target Aggressive Drivers

Maryland law enforcement agencies are targeting aggressive drivers this week.

Sinkhole Closes Roads, Evacuates Apartments In Arlington

A collapsed retaining wall on a construction site caused major traffic issues this morning and led to the evacuation of a nearby apartment building in Rosslyn late last night, according to NBC Washington.

CQ Roll Call: Fight Keeps Congress In Washington, Criticism On S&P Downgrade, Former Sen. Mark Hatfield's Legacy

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks about the latest on Capitol Hill including why Congress isn’t on really on recess this month and the legacy left by former Sen. Mark Hatfield (R-Ore.), who died on Sunday.

Talking With Poet Sonia Sanchez

When poet Sonia Sanchez performs her work, she doesn't just read her poetry. She sings, she moves, she stutters and chants, and she uses her poetry to tell emotional stories about tough social issues.

Fatal Truck Fire Closes I-95 Northbound Overnight

A devastating crash involving a tractor trailer shut down the Interstate 95 northbound lanes near Lorton, Va. early this morning. Two of those lanes were reopened by 7:30 a.m.

Prince William Co. Police Investigating Taser Death

Police in Prince William County are investigating the circumstances surrounding a man who died after being shocked with a Taser by police.

Verizon Employees To Demonstrate In Silver Spring

Hundreds of Verizon employees from across the region are gathering in Silver Spring this afternoon to demonstrate against the company after contract negotiations fell apart this weekend.

Nats' Strasburg Makes First Minor League Start Since Surgery

Washington Nationals' star pitcher Stephen Strasburg has been out of commission since he underwent elbow surgery in September. He's finally ready to start his comeback, and a crowd of fans at a minor league game Sunday got a glimpse of what's to come from the 23-year-old ace.

D.C. Tennis Tournament Showcases More Than Superstars

D.C.'s premiere tennis tournament, the Legg Mason Tennis Classic, wrapped up over the weekend and the tournament's goals reach beyond a showcase of world class tennis talent.

Teen Says 'Trouble Just Seems To Find Me'

For young people with little to keep them busy during the summer months in D.C., staying out of trouble sometimes can be easier said than done. Two teens currently participating in a support and rehabilitation program for teenage offenders talk about what led them to break the law.

Consider This By Fred Fiske: Teachers

It's been a long time since I've looked at it, but among my memorabilia in my desk drawers is a document that licenses me to teach speech and English in the New York City high schools. As a matter of fact, if it had not been for a snap decision I made in 1947 on a train ride from Lexington, Ky. to New York, to hop off the train in Washington, I might have spent my life as a teacher, rather than as a broadcaster.

DCPS Needs Volunteers To 'Beautify' Schools

D.C. Public Schools is asking volunteers to sign up for Beautification Day on August 20. It's part of an effort to get buildings ready for the first day of school.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Verizon Workers On Strike Over Health Care And Pension Benefits

From Virginia to Massachusetts tens of thousands of Verizon employees are striking over a contract dispute.

Ragged Mountain Reservoir To Move Forward In Virginia

The proposed new dam at Ragged Mountain Reservoir has taken a step forward.

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