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Sunday, January 4, 2015

National Museum Of Women In The Arts To Receive Prestigious Prize

The Simone de Beauvoir Prize for Women's Freedom will be awarded later this week to the D.C. museum for recognizing women's role in the arts.

Northeast D.C. Getting New Craft Distillery

One Eight Distilling is set to open this week, expanding the District's craft liquor offerings.

Prince Paul, Dan The Automator Reunite In D.C.

The hip hop duo behind the classic group Handsome Boy Modeling School came together for a brief reunion this weekend.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Racine Says He Will Fight To Protect D.C. Marijuana Legalization Initiative

Karl Racine, D.C.'s first elected attorney general, said on Friday that he will fight to ensure that the will of D.C. residents is respected, including on a marijuana ballot initiative overturned by Congress late last year.

Amid Changes And Challenges, Bowser Sworn In As D.C. Mayor

Muriel Bowser was sworn in as the District's seventh mayor on Friday morning, pledging to tackle issues big and small — even as she faces immediate challenges.

Reports Of Flu Increase Across Region As Peak Season Arrives

The month of January is peak flu season, and our region is already seeing widespread virus activity.

Bowser Set To Take Office, Along With Elected Attorney General And Legislators

D.C. gets a new mayor today, as Muriel Bowser will be sworn in along with seven D.C. Council members and the District's first ever elected attorney general.

Beating The Odds: Coping With An Incarcerated Parent

On top of the challenges of being a first generation immigrant, Blossom Ojukwu struggled to cope with the incarceration of her father. Despite her obstacles, she graduated high school with a 3.9 and is pursuing a career in the arts.

Dinner Party Movement Offers Grieving Washingtonians A Gathering Place

A new movement is inviting people across the D.C. region to eat, drink and talk about the loss of loved ones.

White House Butler Dishes on Serving in Nation's Most Famous Home

Frederick, Md. resident Alan Devalerio had a ringside seat to history as a White House butler fror Presidents Carter and Reagan.

Union Station Restoration Uncovers Hidden History

We'll tour Union Station's lesser-known spots and hear about the restoration that's uncovering artifacts from the train terminal's past.

House Concerts Bring Live Music To A D.C. Living Room Near You

If you want to see the next big thing in D.C. music, the nearest venue may be the living room next door.

The 'Delta Collection': Sneaking A Peek At The Library Of Congress' Erotica Stash

The Library of Congress holds a vast collection of reference materials and books — including plenty of erotica and pornography.

Out of the Vault and Into the Light: Precious Shakespeare Works to Tour U.S.

On the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death, copies of his First Folio will exit the Folger Shakespeare Library vault and tour the nation.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Hundreds Ride To Honor Maryland Cyclist Killed In Hit-And-Run

A 41-year-old Maryland man was struck and killed by a Maryland bishop in an apparent hit-and-run accident, and on New Year's Day, cycling advocates ride in his memory.

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