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Friday, September 27, 2013

D.C. Council To Vote On Bill Sparing Employees From Government Shutdown

On the same day that the federal government could shut down the D.C. Council will vote on a bill deeming the city's 32,000 employees are "essential" and should remain on the job. 

Prince George's County Legislator Proposes Bill Requiring Posting Of Salt Content

You might not want to know just how much salt is in that fast food meal, but a bill introduced in Prince George's County may soon require it.

D.C. Health Care Exchange Website To Launch On Time, But Without Key Feature

D.C.'s new health care exchange will debut Tuesday, but it won't be able to tell users if they qualify for Medicaid or subsidies.

O'Malley Worries That Government Shutdown Could Hurt State Economy

A shutdown of the federal government would be devastating for the state of Maryland, says Governor Martin O'Malley.

With Silver Line Soon To Start Service, Officials Show Off New McLean Station

As work winds down on the first phase of Metro's Silver Line out to Reston, WAMU 88.5 was treated to a first look of the McLean station. 

Bookend: Poet Dan Vera Blends Spanish, English Influences In Latest Work

In this month's look at D.C.'s literary scene, we'll talk with writer Dan Vera about how how his Cuban- and Mexican-American roots influence his work.

Howard Professor Juggles Economics With Love Of Literature And Hip-Hop

When Howard University professor Gilbert Perkins was coming of age, teachers urged him to pursue his love of hip-hop.

101-Year-Old Artist Defies Age To Pursue Artistic Passions

Kathleen Williams began making art as a young girl. Now she's rediscovering her artistic side — at 101 years old.

Door To Door: Woodley Park, D.C. And Mantua, Va.

This week, we visit Mantua, Virginia, and D.C.'s Woodley Park neighborhood.

Takoma Park Opens Voter Rolls To 16-Year-Olds

Teenagers in Takoma Park, Md. will be reaching a certain political milestone a bit earlier than most, thanks to a City Council vote.

Learning About The Birds And The Bees... At Sunday School

For teens at River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation, much of what they know about sex comes from a rather uncommon place: Sunday School.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Obama Touts Health Care Exchanges In Maryland

With the first of the new health care exchanges set to start next week, President Barack Obama spoke in Maryland today to tout their potential effectiveness for young people.

McAuliffe Endorsed By Fairfax Chamber Of Commerce

Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe received a boost after Wednesday's debate, receiving the endorsement of the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce.

Phoenix CFO Named To Take Charge Of D.C. Finances

The District has been on the lookout for a new Chief Financial Officer since the resignation of Natwar Gandhi, and now Mayor Vincent Gray is looking to tap a man with experience in the position in Phoenix.

Ladies First: Maryland Ranked Best State For Women

In a report on the continuing progress being made in the advancement of women, Maryland was singled out as the state where women are faring the best.