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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Theater for the short attention set, identity art, and an evening with Margueritte.

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.

After Escape, Authorities Double Overnight Staff At New Beginnings

Authorities in D.C. say they are doubling the overnight staff at the juvenile detention center where a teenage inmate escaped after assaulting a guard.

Airports Authority Stands Ground On Dulles Station

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is resisting calls against building a costly underground Metro station at Dulles International Airport.

Biden Entourage Blocks Commuters From Boarding Trains

Some Maryland commuters were miffed Tuesday when they were blocked from boarding MARC trains early in the evening rush. Some of them took to Twitter to say they knew what was up: Vice President Joe Biden was planning to ride the train. Here's what they had to say:

James Woody: Our Children's Heroes

James Woody is a native Washingtonian and the executive director of D.C.'s Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys. Woody had the opportunity to learn about influencing the next generation from one of his personal heroes.

Virginia Board Tackles Same-Sex Adoption

UPDATE: 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.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

D.C., Nationals Still Wrangling Over Late-Night Metro

Better hope the next Nationals home game doesn't go to extra innings.

The baseball team and the District have yet to hammer out an agreement over who foots the bill for any after-hours Metro trains.

Montgomery County Switches On Solar Power

Officials in Montgomery County now have more than one reason to pray for sunny days. (Actually, they have 1,250.)

The county marked the installation of its first solar power panels on government buildings Monday afternoon.

Federal Funding Aims To Alleviate BRAC Traffic in Md., Va.

Maryland's Montgomery County and portions of Northern Virginia are set to receive $300 million in federal funding to relieve the congestion expected to result from U.S. military's upcoming base closure and realignment.

Unions Protest Dulles Rail Press Conference

Local politicians in Northern Virginia want non-union contractors to be able to work on the Dulles Metrorail project, and that view is making union activists furious.

Virginia Redistricting Plans Lack Consensus

Members of the Virginia General Assembly are reworking plans for redistricting, after Gov. Bob McDonnell vetoed a previous proposal. A House committee unanimously approved a new version this week, but a consensus among all the players has yet to emerge.

Commentary By Peg Hacskaylo: Preserving Victim Services

It's budget season in the District of Columbia. Mayor Vincent Gray has released his vision of a spending plan -- to close a budget gap of more than $300 million. Now the D.C Council must reevaluate it's priorities. Commentator Peg Hacskaylo, executive director of the nonprofit District Alliance for Safe Housing, is asking the city to remember victims of domestic violence.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Go global from the comfort of your beltway. The region offers a number of ways to enrich your global perspective this week.

Taffety Punk's Vision: Affordable Theater For All

A group called Taffety Punk is bringing an inventive, low-budget approach to producing plays in the D.C. area. Its credo is: "Artist-centered, exciting, affordable" and the theater company's newest effort is called "The Car Plays".

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