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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Diane Rehm Show: Fifty Years After The March On Washington

Guest host Frank Sesno and his guests discuss the legacy of the 1963 March on Washington and the state of civil rights in America today.

'The Most Remarkable Crowd': Two Washingtonians Remember 1963 March

On the day that the nation commemorates the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, two Washingtonians recall how the day played out—and the lasting impact it had on them.

Church Founded By Freed Slaves Commemorates March On Washington

Shiloh Baptist Church in Shaw hosted an interfaith service today to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

Fairfax County Grapples With Huge Silver Line Costs

Fairfax County officials say they are confident the necessary funds will be secured to pay for three facilities—two parking garages and a rail station—that are part of Phase II of the Silver Line Metrorail project to Dulles International Airport.

Coalition Calls On Dominion Power To Shift To Renewable Sources

As Dominion Power outlines its 15-year plan for providing power to Virginians, an environmental coalition is calling on the utility to rely on more renewable sources.

Federal Officials Say Virus To Blame For Dolphin Deaths

Federal officials say that a virus is to blame for the death of hundreds of dolphins in Virginia and along the Atlantic Coast.

D.C. Police To Make Changes To Stop-And-Frisk Policy

An MPD spokeswoman says that two minor changes will make the policy more current, but that the overall policy is sound.

D.C. Legislator Seeks To Reverse Rules Prohibiting Uber Service

Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) says she will introduce legislation to undo regulations banning UberX, a new low-price app-based taxi service.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Local Lawmakers Divided On Response To Chemical Weapons In Syria

As President Obama considers military action in the wake of a chemical attack in Syria, area lawmakers are divided on whether action will require Congressional authorization.

Gray, Ellerbe Say D.C. Fire And EMS 'Turning Corner'

The District will take possession of 30 new ambulances by the end of the year, to help alleviate the problems D.C. EMS has been having so far this year.

Environmental Groups Push Dominion Power On Clean Energy

Virginia environmental groups want more clean and renewable energy included in Dominion Power's report on the future of energy in the state.

D.C. Drivers Get Into Accidents Every Five Years, Ahead Of Anywhere Else

D.C. drivers are often called terrible, and maybe there's some credence to that claim: according to insurer Allstate, they get into accidents every 4.8 years, more often than anywhere else in the U.S.

Crowds And Traffic Expected For March On Washington Anniversary Events

Thousands of people are expected to stream into D.C. tomorrow for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, and federal agencies are being encouraged to allow employees to work from home.

D.C. Group Aims To Submit Bid For 2024 Summer Olympic Games

A local group has formed for the purposes of submitting a bid for the 2024 summer Olympic Games.