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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Ministry Serves Thanksgiving Feast To Homeless

A non-profit ministry hosts a Thanksgiving feast for the homeless and disadvantaged.

Safety Tips For Deep-Fried Turkeys

For those deep-frying their birds this year, beware: it's a method that's susceptible to fires.

Tax Day Ceremony: An Age-Old Tradition

Despite outside influences and a struggle to maintain their heritage, Native American tribes continue to honor an age-old tradition.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Nov. 24

There's no place like home this Thanksgiving, but if do head out there's film and theater aplenty.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Gray: Federal Cuts Would Be Felt Deeply In D.C.

Automatic spending cuts will hit District residents harder than almost anywhere else in the country, according to District mayor Vincent Gray.

The Evolution Of The Thanksgiving Turkey

Turkeys like the one pardoned Wednesday by President Obama scarcely resemble the birds that the pilgrims brought with them on their voyage to North America centuries ago.

Cardin Still Waiting On Transparency Rules

Congress passed a law meant to create more openness in Wall Street more than a year ago, but as Sen. Ben Cardin notes, the SEC is dragging its feet.

Two D.C. Students To Be Mentored By President

Have a favorite coach or teacher serve as your mentor in high school? Two D.C. students may get better letters of recommendation, after being mentored by the President of the United States.

Convention Center Hosts 'Feast Of Sharing'

The Washington Convention Center hosted a "Thanksgiving Feast of Sharing" Tuesday, offering health checks, a job fair, and -- of course -- free grub.

Officials Go After Occupy Richmond Protesters

After being forceably evicted from their camp in a local park, Occupy Richmond protesters are now facing a challenge for their encampment on the property of a local resident.

New License Plate Helps Virginia Abuse Victims

The Commonwealth of Virginia is introducing a new license plate, the proceeds of which will go to victims of domestic and sexual abuse.

GovExec: Agencies Analyze Super Committee Stalemate

Tom Shoop, editor-in-chief of Government Executive magazine, analyzes federal agency hiring policies and worker morale after the super committee failed to reach an agreement this week. 

One Million Travelers Head Out Of D.C. For Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving holiday travel is expected to increase by 4 percent this year over last year, meaning that more than 1 million Washingtonians are traveling 50  miles or more over the holiday weekend. 

Virginia Agencies Prep For More Budget Cuts

Despite higher revenues, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell is expected to play it safe and recommend some budget cuts in his financial plan for next year.

Great Dismal Swamp Fire Burns Out

The wildfire that burned for more than three months in Virginia's Great Dismal Swamp is finally out, according to state environment officials.