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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Going Green At The Sweetlife Fesitval

A local eatery is trying to promote healthy living with rock music.

NASA Offering Educational Programs At Wallops Flight Facility

NASA is offering programs developed at its Wallops Flight Facility to teach students and educators about the agency's flight initiatives.

Baltimore High School Says Colleges Didn't Receive Some Admissions Materials

The principal of Baltimore’s Western High School says school officials failed to forward some required materials to colleges for students in the school.

Avon Walk For Breast Cancer Hits The Streets Of D.C.

The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer is a non-competitive fund raising event where participants can walk a 26 or 39-mile marathon over the course of the weekend.

Volunteers Rebuild Homes For Elderly In The D.C. Area

Area residents are touched that thousands of volunteers came out to spruce up their homes this weekend.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Massey Plans To Seal West Virginia Coal Mines

A federal mine safety and health administration official says Massey Energy Co. has submitted a plan to seal a West Virginia coal mine where 29 miners died in an explosion last year.

Maryland Cities Get Green Streets Grants

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Chesapeake Bay Trust want to see Maryland's streets get greener.

Virginia Legislative Redistricting Session Ends With Vacancies For Two Supreme Court Justices

The Virginia General Assembly ended its legislative redistricting session this week without taking care of another pressing matter. Lawmakers still need to select two new state Supreme Court justices.

Former Gray HR Director Grilled at Hearing on Hirings

In the District, another day of hearings into the hiring practices of the Gray administration.

Chesapeake Expressway Toll Triples

Millions of tourists making their way to North Carolina's Outer Banks will soon pay more to drive through Virginia to get there.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Boat Club Won't Budge, So Alexandria Scales Back Waterfront Plan

Planners in Alexandria are finally facing the fact that a proposed park at the end of King Street -- once considered the soul of a plan for the city's Potomac River waterfront -- is not going to happen.

Metro Fires Technicians Who Left Escalator Hatch Open, Injuring Rider

A Metro rider is recovering from serious injuries after she fell through an escalator hatch accidentally left open, and Metro’s top safety executives are now wondering how it happened.

In Attempt To Shut Down Coal Plant, Alex. Residents Test For Mercury

As part of an ongoing effort to close the GenOn coal plant in Alexandria, the Sierra Club is inviting residents to have their hair tested for toxins.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Art comes in myriad forms, including carnage, streams, dance, and homegrown music.

For Teens, A Healthier Life Is Not Always In Reach

Many teens live in perfect situations to pack on pounds: access to high calorie foods and limited opportunities for exercise. But for some D.C. teens who want to live healthier lifestyles, making the change requires overcoming greater challenges.

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