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Monday, August 22, 2011

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton On The Opening Of The MLK Memorial

The memorial to Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. opens today and will be officially dedicated Saturday. D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton talks with WAMU Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey about what the memorial means to her, and to Washington as a whole.

Washingtonians Watch As Libyan Rebels Advance Through Tripoli

Many in Washington stayed up overnight to watch the continuing reports of Libyan rebels' advancement into the country's capital and what appears to portend the fall of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

Verizon Workers Go Back To Work

Thousands of Verizon workers in the region are heading back to work after two weeks of striking.

MLK Memorial Opens To Public Today

As many as a quarter of a million people are expected to attend Sunday's official dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in downtown D.C.

Environmentalists Differ On Alexandria Coal-Fired Power Plant

Environmentalists in Virginia are divided over what should happen to millions of dollars that have been set aside to clean up a coal-fired power plant on the waterfront in Alexandria.

Commentary By Karim Kai Ani: Students Need Better Math Instructions

The back-to-school season kicks off in the District today. Schools in Maryland and Virginia will soon follow. Commentator Karim Kai Ani says we should pay close attention to the kind of math instruction students receive when they arrive.

Tourists And Residents Gathered For MLK Memorial Preview

Tourists and area resident got their first preview today of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the national mall.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Libya Rebels In Tripoli, Gadhafi Defenses Collapse

Libyan rebels raced into Tripoli Sunday and met little resistance as Moammar Gadhafi's defenders melted away and his 40-year rule appeared to rapidly crumble. The euphoric fighters celebrated with residents of the capital in the city's main square, the symbolic heart of the regime.

Montgomery County's Schools Superintendent To Hold Town Hall Meetings

Montgomery County's new schools superintendent is inviting parents to get to know him at a series of upcoming town halls and public meetings.

Low Voter Turnout Expected For Virginia Primaries On Tuesday

The time to cast absentee ballots in the Virginia primaries has ended.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

9/11 Riders Head Out From Pentagon To Ground Zero

This morning the hundreds of motorcyclists participating in a 9/11 commemoration are leaving the Pentagon and heading to Ground Zero.

Maryland Officials Battling Over Land Control And Development

State and local officials in Maryland are battling over a plan to slow the rate of land development.

Virginia To Decide How To Fund Next Year's Unemployment Benefits

Virginia owes $20.2 million in interest to the federal government on money borrowed to fund extended unemployment benefits. The state must now decide how to fund next year's unemployment benefits, and their decision could impact employers who pay into the trust fund.

Surfing Organization Helps Raise Autism Awareness in Ocean City

In Maryland, more than a hundred autistic children gathered on the beach in Ocean City this week to experience the feeling of catching a wave thanks to the organization, Surfer's Healing.

Zoo Experiment Sheds New Light on Animal Intelligence

The National Zoo's Don Moore says people often have the wrong idea about elephants. They’re a lot smarter than we think.

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