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Monday, May 23, 2011

Citizenship Fair Aims To Help Undocumented Workers

Washington, D.C. is the second stop in a nationwide effort to get more immigrant workers to apply for citizenship ahead of the 2012 elections.

Deer Overpopulation Yields Disastrous Results For Forests

As an ever-rising population of white-tailed deer have bumped up against their human neighbors in the D.C. area, the results haven't been pretty. There were an estimated 88,000 deer-vehicle collisions in Virginia, Maryland, D.C., and Delaware last year.

Commentary By Ellen London: Saving Children’s Summer Programs

As the school year comes to a close, children and parents are gearing up for summer. But commentator Ellen London, president and CEO of the DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation says this year there will be fewer camps and activities to go around, and is urging the community to help out.

Commentary By Norman Allen: Making Theater Experiences More Affordable For All

In the District, theater groups are organizing to fight a 6 percent tax on ticket sales proposed by Mayor Vincent Gray. But Commentator Norman Allen, playwright and head of the English department at Cesar Chavez Public Charter High School, says actors and directors aren't the only ones who should be concerned.

Consider This By Fred Fiske: Powerful Men

The recent news stories about former International Monetary Fund Dominique Strauss-Kahn and the adultery of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Senator John Ensign added to the past scandals regarding the sexual peccadillos of many high-ranking men in government have got me to wondering what is it about the fame and fortune that leads so many men to the pinnacles of success to stray from the standards of propriety, which are so important to our culture.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Baa-merica isn’t at all sheepish, Swampoodle is a place and a play, and Rethinking Arts Policy is an honest discussion.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Radisson Hotel Donates Fixtures To Habitat For Humanity

The fixtures from a never-opened Radisson hotel near New Castle are being donated to Habitat for Humanity.

Maryland Panel Says Crib Bumper Pads Are Hazardous

A Maryland panel has recommended that crib bumper pads be declared a hazard.

Local Organization Helps Immigrants Apply For Citizenship

Local Hispanic groups, labor unions and volunteer lawyers spent the weekend helping immigrants apply for citizenship.

Kegasus Helps Bring In Record Crowds To Preakness

Kegasus, the half-horse, half-man mascot for this year's Preakness Stakes, may have been a big contributor to this year's record crowds.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

This Year's Preakness Is Drawing In Record Crowds

Large crowds are gathering at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md. as they await the Preakness Stakes – the second jewel of Triple Crown, which kicks off at a little after 6 p.m.

Historic Burial Ground Is Headed For Restoration

An historic burial ground in Richmond that has been the center of protests is finally headed for a restoration.

Soaring Gas Prices Are Causing Hardship For Americans

Soaring fuel prices are forcing drivers to make some tough choices in order to pay for that $4 a gallon gas.

High Water Brings Danger and Diversity

The Potomac River is rising high and moving fast. Experts say that can be dangerous for boaters, but good for biodiversity.

Preakness Stakes Today In Baltimore

Around 100,000 people will pack Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore today for the Preakness Stakes. But the biggest victory for horse racing in Maryland may have been scored earlier this week.

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