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Friday, April 5, 2013

English, A Step Toward The 'American Dream'

In D.C., approximately 40 percent of students in adult education programs are in English as a Second Language classes. They are immigrants at the bottom rungs of society, working basic jobs for little money. But one of a few local schools is helping them achieve the "American Dream."

Largest Oyster Replenishment Initiative Ever To Begin In Virginia

The Commonwealth of Virginia will continue the business of boosting the population of oysters in the Chesapeake Bay this summer with their largest effort ever.

Analysis: Lawmakers Give Up Portion Of Salary During Sequester

Political columnist David Hawkings talks about why Obama and other lawmakers have pledged to give up part of their salary while the sequester is in effect.

Analysis: Wrapping Up The Legislative Session In Maryland

The results of the Maryland legislative session, alongside comments by D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, are the subject of a Q&A session with Washington Post's Robert McCartney.

Forecasters To Change Hurricane Advisory Practices

The National Hurricane Center is altering its policy after being criticized over the way it handled Superstorm Sandy.

Weekend Festivities: Cherry Blossoms And Waterfront Fireworks

Nearly two thousand cherry blossom trees are expected to be in full bloom this weekend.

Walking Distracted A Serious Hazard To Pedestrian Safety

Virginia passed legislation making it a primary offense to text while driving, but walking while distracted by gadgets has proven just as dangerous for pedestrians.

Gun Control Prompts Dustup On Washington Council Of Governments

Opinions differ in the D.C. region about the best approaches to mediate gun violence, prompting a divide amongst members of the Washington Council of Governments.

Why Tolls Are Waived On The 495 Express Lanes This Weekend

Traffic on the high occupancy tolls lanes connecting the I-95 Interchange with the Dulles Toll Road has disappointed operators, prompting them to open them for free this weekend to give drivers a taste.

Slideshow: Intersection Of Faith And Arts

Artists explore how faith, spirituality and heritage play a role in artistic expression.

Door To Door: Brandywine, Md. And Capitol View, D.C.

This week we visit Brandywine, Maryland, and the Capitol View neighborhood of Southeast D.C.

Taking A Leap Of Faith On A Refugee Foster Child

Taking in a foster kid can be a leap into the unknown, but what if he or she is a refugee from one of the world's most war-ravaged countries?

Playwright-Priest Pens Play About Faith and Family

Bill Cain isn't just an award-winning playwright; he's also a Jesuit priest. And he brings the two together in "How To Write a New Book for the Bible," making its East Coast premiere at Maryland's Round House Theatre.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Suspects Charged In Accomack County Arson Case

There's more information on one of the suspects accused of setting fires on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

Medicare Cancer Patients Turned Away Under Sequester Cuts

Cancer clinics in the region say automatic budget cuts may force them to stop treating some Medicare patients.