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Monday, August 10, 2015

Project Turning A Vacant Baltimore Lot Into A Greenspace

A partnership between the city of Baltimore, the EPA and the Chesapeake Bay Trust will turn one of the city's many vacant lots into an environmentally-friendly greenspace.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

HQ For National Woman's Party Could Be Added To National Park System

Women's history sites are underrepresented in the United States, which is why Sen. Barbara Mikulski is introducing a bill to add the historic Sewell-Belmont House to the National Park System.

Just 6 Percent Of D.C. Charter Budgets Come From Private Funding, Report Finds

D.C. should make information about its public charter schools easier to understand, according to a report from the DC Fiscal Policy Institute, as some of the actual numbers run against public perception.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Synthetic Drugs? Deadlier Weapons? Crime Spike Stumps D.C. Police

The city is now on pace to record its most murders in nearly a decade. Eighty-seven people have been killed in the District this year. As police look for ways to stem the violence, family members of victims also want answers.

Silver Spring Transit Center Could Open By Fall 2015

Metro has taken a big step toward finally opening the Silver Spring Transit Center, the multilevel transit hub that is four years behind schedule and $48 million over budget.

The 5 Most Expensive Virginia State Senate Campaigns

As campaign season starts to heat up, money is flowing into a handful of key races for the Senate in Virginia — and the stakes are high.

Is D.C.'s Newest Public Pool Coming To A Neighborhood Near You?

Ward 3 in Northwest Washington has long been one of the wealthiest parts of the city, but it's one of the few areas of D.C. without its own swimming pool. That may soon change.

Virginia Ballroom Dancers Twirl Their Way To The Top

We take a spin around the dance floor with Rose-Ann and Mike Lynch of Fredericksburg, Va., retired Marines who've become ballroom dancing.

D.C. Soccer Pro Sacrifices To Pursue The Sport She Loves

As a member of D.C.'s professional women's soccer team, Joanna Lohman says despite being tough on the body and on the bottom line, her job is still rewarding.

Clips: Eddie's Hair Creations Booming Even As Adams Morgan Changes

In our ongoing series on D.C.'s barber shops, we visit Eddie's Hair Creations, whose owner dreams of moving back to Ghana to open his native country's first barber school.

Fishing Versus Farming: Aquaculture And The Future Of Chesapeake Bay Oysters

Maryland's oyster trade is evolving as more watermen give up "hand tonging" and move into aquaculture.

One Teacher's Journey Through The Challenges Of A High-Risk School

We'll hear from a high-achieving DCPS teacher who says she's struggling with burnout after eight years on the job.

After Nearly 40 Years, U.S. Senate Historian Prepares To Retire

Donald Ritchie, the historian of the U.S. Senate, is retiring after nearly 40 years on the job.

Whatever Happened To Herb From Peaches & Herb? He's Been Here In D.C. All Along

Herb Feemster is a security officer in D.C. now. But back in the day, he had a string of hits as part of Peaches & Herb.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Gov. Larry Hogan Takes Steps Toward Changing Maryland Congressional Map

Maryland's current Congressional map was created in 2011. It was upheld by voters the following year, but it's been harshly criticized as being heavily gerrymandered to benefit Democrats.