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Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day Events In D.C.

The National Memorial Day Parade kicks off Monday afternoon in downtown Washington, and other events take place throughout the day.

Bay Bridge Fear Means Business Boom For Shuttles

The Maryland Transportation Authority estimates more than 360,000 are traveling on Maryland's Bay Bridge this weekend. But some of the people driving those vehicles will have some pretty white knuckles as they make the trip -- thanks to a disorder called gephyrophobia: the fear of bridges.

Consider This: Rethinking Whether Poker Is A Game Of Chance

While some consider poker to be based on luck, a new study breaks down the results from the 2010 World Series of Poker to show that highly skilled players had a clear advantage.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

A double dose of Hitchcock and Williams, plus scenes from life in the District.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Memorial Day Concert: 'What America Needs To See'

Thousands are expected on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol Sunday night for the annual Memorial Day Concert. WAMU's Armando Trull visited the dress rehearsal for a sneak preview.

Search For Missing Boater Continues In The Chesapeake

Authorities in Maryland are continuing to search the Chesapeake Bay for a missing boater.

Va. DMV Halts Overhaul Of Customer-Service Systems

Virginia's Department of Motor Vehicles has temporarily stopped work on an overhaul of its customer-service computer systems as it exits a deal with a contractor on the project.

Sarah Palin Joins Rolling Thunder Crowd

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin rode a motorcycle into the Pentagon parking Sunday to meet the Rolling Thunder parade participants, the Associated Press reports.

Efforts Underway To Repeal Md. Version Of DREAM Act

In Maryland, a local organization is pushing to repeal a recently enacted law, which grants in-state college tuition rates to undocumented students.

Metro Employee Honored For Preventing Suicides

Metro is honoring one of its station managers for having saved two lives in the past year.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

D.C. Pools Open ... Without Mayoral Cannonball

Mayor Vincent Gray opened the District's 17 public pools Friday with a ceremony at Barry Park in Southeast D.C.

Saturday Road Closures In Logan Circle For Parade

Portions of roads around Logan Circle will be closed this afternoon for a Memorial Day parade sponsored by the United House of Prayer for All People church.

Arlington Cemetery Plans Weekend Events For Memorial Day

Arlington National Cemetery expects to welcome thousands of visitors over Memorial Day Weekend, and a number of events are planned at the nation's most hallowed ground.

Anacostia Students Celebrate Being College-Bound

In just two years, educators at the Academies of Anacostia have found a way to dramatically increase the number of their graduates that are going to college.

Road Closures Sunday For Rolling Thunder (MAP)

The non-profit motorcycle group Rolling Thunder is staging a ride and remembrance Sunday around the National Mall.