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Friday, November 18, 2011

Decision Near For Columbia Pike Streetcar

Alexandria is offering to house the maintenance yard for Arlington's planned streetcar line, provided it is extended for residents there as well.

Meatless Monday: Moderation At The Dinner Table

Even as meaty holiday meals become the norm this month, there are some who are practicing the 'everything in moderation' mantra by opting to eat less meat.

A Capital Buzzing On Coffee

While some businesses are suffering in this poor economy, there's one business that's booming: the coffee industry. Local coffee shops are thriving, as the demands for java continues to grow.

Audience As Moderator: Inside dog & pony dc's Beertown

Beertown, a new theatrical production, involves both the performers and audience to act as moderators, voting items in and out of the town's time capsule.

Door To Door: Foxhall Village, D.C. And Pimmit Hills, Va.

In this week's trip around the region, we visit Northwest D.C.'s Foxhall Village and Virginia's Pimmit Hills.

Globetrotting Before Graduation: The Expanding World Of Study Abroad

The increasing number of foreign students opting to study in the U.S. is a major economic boost for the Washington region.

Moderating Our Energy Consumption

A Falls Church homeowner has created an energy-efficient house to reduce his environmental footprint and shrink his home heating costs.

'Our Lady' Seeks To Curb Road Rage On 95

A shrine to "Our Lady of the Highways" sits on the side of Interstate 95 in northern Maryland, and it was created by a group of priests who are praying for us all to be safer drivers.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Three D.C. Nonprofit Directors Honored

Three directors of nonprofits in the District have been honored by the Meyers Foundation for their work in the community, replete with a $100,000 award.

Candidate Alleges Virginia Debates Exclusionary

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Julien Modica, a candidate for the Virginia Senate seat being vacated by Jim Webb, is filing a suit to open the state's debates to candidates who don't currently meet the requirements.

Transgender Activists Call For Better Treatment From Police

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Crimes against transgender people have lower rates of closure than for the general population, which prompted activists to call for measures to put an end to biased police attitudes.

Study: Virginia School Discipline Too Harsh

Disciplinary procedures in Virginia schools are causing more problems than they solve, particularly for special needs and African-American students, according to a study.

Judge Fines Voting Rights Group

A judge fined a group of six voting rights protestors who demonstrated with Mayor Gray in April $200 each.

Smuckers Recalls Peanut Butter After Salmonella Scare

Smuckers is recalling jars of peanut butter that were distributed to the D.C. area in recent weeks that may be contaminated with salmonella.

Bald Eagle Death Raises Concerns About Lead Poisoning

High lead levels in a bald eagle brought in to the Wildlife Center of Virginia have prompted calls for hunters to make changes to their hunting habits.