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Monday, June 6, 2011

Consider This By Fred Fiske: Shopping

It's been over 10,000 years since man learned to domesticate animals and grow crops. And he moved out of the trees and the caves. It's been over 50,000 years since homo sapiens exceeded Neanderthal Man, and those who live in the new world cease being hunters and gatherers… except for my wife.

150 Years Since Civil War: A Look At How Water, Heat Affected Soldiers

This year, during the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, we have been bringing you stories about those early months and skirmish, as well as how people are studying and commemorating them. Today's report is on how water and heat may have affected the ultimate outcome of the war.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Roving Art Gallery Rolls Into The District

The District got a visit from a roaming art gallery this week, and its owner just didn’t want to leave.

Ford's Theatre Honoring Julie Andrews And Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Ford's Theatre in Washington is honoring Julie Andrews and basketball star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for their contributions that exemplify President Abraham Lincoln's legacy.

ParkMobile To Provide Pay-By-Phone Parking Meter Service In D.C.

The D.C. Department of Transportation has selected ParkMobile to provide its new pay-by-phone parking meter system.

Dancing Protesters Return To Jefferson Memorial In Defiance

Tourists visiting the Jefferson Memorial got more than they bargained for this weekend, as Park Police temporarily shut down the memorial after the return of some dancing protesters.

Police Investigate Early Morning Sexual Assault in Herndon

In Virginia, Fairfax County police are investigating a sexual assault that they say occurred early Saturday morning in Herndon.

Rocket Launch From Virginia's Eastern Shore Will Test New Technologies

A rocket launch from Virginia's Eastern Shore is planned this week to test new technologies.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Pink-Filled Streets For The Race For The Cure

Thousands of runners hit the streets of downtown D.C. Saturday morning for the 22nd annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

Former Account Manager Gets Seven Years for Stealing from Clients

In Virginia, a former account manager at Wachovia Bank has been sentenced to seven years in prison for stealing millions of dollars from her clients' accounts.

State Party Leaders Face More Uncertainty for 2011 Election Season

In Virginia, the announcement by veteran State Sen. William Wampler that he will not seek re-election is yet another sign that the General Assembly will change significantly after November’s elections.

F-18 Superhornet Named as Replacement for Grounded Air Show Headliner

In Maryland, organizers say the Navy's F-18 Super Hornet will headline the 4th annual Ocean City Air Show next weekend. But, that was not the original plan.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Officials Urge Drivers To Check Tire Pressure Regularly

Next week is National Tire Safety week, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says too many Americans are ignoring proper tire inflation and care.

Gov. McDonnell Ask For State Employees' Help To Balance Budget

State employees who've always thought they had the perfect idea to improve Virginia's government now have the ear of the Governor, and the employee with the best idea will get more than a penny for his or her thoughts.

Arlington County Board Seeks To Reduce Emissions

Arlington County is trying to slash carbon dioxide emissions, but the community energy plan approved in May by the County Board doesn't include mandates or penalties for carbon dioxide reductions.