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Friday, May 27, 2011

Metro Track Work To Shut Chunks Of Orange, Blue Lines

Large portions of Metro rail's Orange and Blue lines will be closed this weekend as the system undertakes a major track improvement.

Ocean City Launches Free Events Website

If you’re looking for free things to do in Ocean City, Md., this summer, a new website launched by the city offers an all-in-one solution to help keep your budget in line.

Fairfax Teachers to Get First Pay Raise Since 2008

Employees of Fairfax County's public school district will be getting a bump in salary for the first time in three years.

More Toddlers Enrolling In Language Immersion

Foreign language immersion classes for very young students are popping up across the D.C. area, and instructors say learning another language is becoming the new standard.

D.C. Redistricting Plan Proceeds, Despite Contentious Hearing

Once every decade, jurisdictions are required to redraw their political boundaries based on the latest census figures. Not surprisingly, the process can sometimes get messy, and the District is no exception.

Metro To Shorten Station Names

Metro has a problem. The names of some of its train stations are too long, and the transportation agency is now attempting to shorten some of those lengthy names.

Gardeners Seek To Stem Flower Thefts

With summer comes fresh produce, and, unfortunately, a seedier side of the gardening world. Faced with a rash of flower thefts, some gardeners in Northwest Washington are determined to fight back.

D.C. Mentors Seek To Strengthen Father-Son Relationships

Fifteen-year-old Christian Warren admits he doesn't see his father very often. Despite his father's relative absence in his life, he feels strongly about the importance of the father-son relationship, which is why he decided to join a new mentoring program for young, African-American men in D.C.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Top Gun and a pair of Memorial Day concerts.

Seniors Celebrate At Academies Of Anacostia

In the District, high school seniors at the Academies of Anacostia headed off to college were honored Friday. The seniors here are ecstatic, and so are their teachers.

Spelling Success: DC 6th-Grader Heads To National Bee

The Scripps National Spelling Bee begins next week at National Harbor. It is considered the most challenging spelling event in the world. Eleven-year-old Donovan Jordan beat out more than 2,000 of the city's best spellers to represent D.C. at nationals.

Families Seeking Privacy Visit Arlington Cemetery Before Crowds

In Virginia, Arlington National Cemetery is getting ready for the annual flood of Memorial Day visitors. But Friday you were liable to find a few people hoping to avoid those crowds.

Ocean City Street Performers Plan Protest On Boardwalk

Thousands of people are expected in Ocean City, Md., for Memorial Day weekend, but not everyone is planning to have fun in the sun. Street performers will be protesting a regulation that limits where they can perform.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Gardeners Cultivate Crime-Fighting Instincts

It has become a rite of spring. Every year, flowers at the Newark Street Community Garden begin to bloom. Then every year, gardener Marcia Stein says, a thief comes and takes the blossoms away.

Park Service Wants To Use Sharpshooters On Deer Population

The National Park Service is considering using sharpshooters, among other ideas, to control growing white-tailed deer populations on Civil War battlefields in Maryland and Virginia.

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