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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Four D.C. Teens Escape Juvenile Center in S.C.

UPDATE: Three of the four teens were apprehended by Thursday afternoon, according to police officials in South Carolina. Authorities have returned the escapees to the facility.

AAA: High Gas Prices Leading To More Stranded Drivers

The high cost of hitting the gas pump these days has some drivers putting it off as long as possible. In D.C., AAA Mid-Atlantic says the number of roadside calls from drivers running out of fuel has increased 40 percent in April, compared to the same period in 2010.

After Georgetown Flooding, Restaurant Openings Could Take Weeks

Four days after the Potomac River flooded the Washington Harbor Complex in Georgetown, the facility is making some progress but still appears weeks away from returning to normal operations.

BRAC Funding Will Help With Va. Traffic, But Not Soon Enough

In Virginia, the Department of Defense Base realignment and Closure -- or BRAC -- program could bring a huge economic boost to the Route 1 corridor in the form of 4000 new employees coming to work at Fort Belvoir. But new traffic problems could offset the benefits.

New York Ave Construction Could Mean $50 In Metro Fares For Commuters

Major road construction is about to begin on New York Avenue in Northeast D.C. and the District is offering inconvenienced commuters some compensation for their troubles.

Community Gardens Flourish As Food Costs Increase

Rising fuel costs mean more than just higher prices for gas. It also means the cost of food is increasing. The upward shift is leading people to take matters into their own hands -- or at least their green thumbs.

Popular Bikeshare Program Expands In D.C.

Capital Bikeshare is opening up more than two dozen new stations, including one right outside City Hall.

Va. Lawmakers Unite To Help Victims Of Violence

The Virginia General Assembly may be divided on a lot of issues, but members of both parties have come together to pass laws to help victims of domestic and sexual violence.

D.C. Brau Brews First Beer In The District Since 1950's

This month will be the first time in decades that patrons will be able to order a beer brewed in the District of Columbia since Old Heuric closed in 1956. PUBLIC ALE is now on tap at Meridian Pint, a bar in Columbia Heights.

It's the flagship beer of DC Brau, the first of a handful of breweries set to open in the coming year.

University Of Maryland Professor Helps Digitize Disaster Relief

The earthquake in Japan wrought massive destruction in that country, and part of the humanitarian need there -- and in any disaster -- is the need for information.

Now, a group of volunteers from around the globe, including one local professor, are working to make sure that in the future responders and refugees might help and be helped as fast as possible.

William & Mary Professor Shows Students 'The Way'

"The Way," a 2010 film starring Martin Sheen, follows the Camino de Santiago -- a famous pilgrimage trail in Spain. It's a trail that students from the College of William & Mary walk nearly every summer.

George Greenia, professor of modern languages and literature at the College of William & Mary, takes his students on the 500-mile trail. He talks to Kelley Libby from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities about the experience.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Authors join the artists, life imitates art, and a few families save a musical tradition.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Protections For Same-Sex Adoption Rejected By Va. Board

The Virginia Board of Social Services has rejected proposed regulations that would have prohibited adoption agencies from discriminating against prospective parents because they're gay.

$150 Million For U.S. 1 Too Late To Help With Fall BRAC Traffic

Leaders in Northern Virginia are congratulating their congressmen for securing $150 million to help with the Pentagon's Base Realignment and Closure process. But a meeting Wednesday underscored how much work is left to be done.

For Flooded Businesses, Reopening Seems Far Away

Three days after the Potomac flooded the Washington Harbour complex, the company that manages the property says they're working around the clock to reinstate full operations. But restaurant and shop owners say they are no closer to knowing when they'll be back in business or why the flood gates that could have prevented the flooding were not in place.