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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Portion Of Metro's Red Line Could Close For Up To Six Weeks

Structural and maintenance problems at the Friendship Heights and Medical Center stations may force Metro to close that stretch of the Red Line for up to six weeks.

Obama Awards Bayard Rustin The Presidential Medal Of Freedom

Later this year, Obama will honor civil rights leader Bayard Rustin with a Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Various Events To Commemorate 50th Anniversary Of March On Washington

On Saturday tens of thousands of people are expected to descend on the National Mall, where they will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

Friday, August 23, 2013

National Zoo's Giant Panda Gives Birth To Cub, Third Since 2005

The National Zoo's giant panda Mei Xiang gave birth to a cub at 5:32 p.m. on Friday.

Director Of Maryland GOP Abruptly Quits

The executive director of the Maryland Republican Party abruptly resigned earlier this week.

From Bladensburg, Anacostia River Is a Natural Getaway Hidden In Plain Sight

This weekend is the 199th anniversary of the Battle of Bladensburg, the starting point for the Anacostia River, a natural gem that flows through the region's densest areas.

National Gallery Of Art Exhibit Touches On Region's Sordid History With Slavery

The National Gallery of Art is running an exhibit connected with this weekend's March on Washington, and it delves into the region's sordid history with slavery.

Two Years After Earthquake, Repairs On National Cathedral Progressing Slowly

It's been two years since a 5.8-magnitude earthquake rattled the region, but the National Cathedral has only raised $10 million of the $26 million needed for repairs.

Marine Corps Marathon Changes Route

The popular Marine Corps Marathon is tweaking its route this year to give participants a flatter course and a new, longer approach to the U.S. Capitol.

D.C. Breaks Ground On Park Commemorating Godfather Of Go-Go

Mayor Vince Gray used what would have been Chuck Brown's 77th birthday to break ground on a park in Northeast D.C. that will commemorate the memory and musical legacy of Chuck Brown, the Godfather of Go-Go.

Door To Door: Arlington Ridge, Va. And Hawthorne, D.C.

This time around, we visit Arlington Ridge, Va., and the Hawthorne neighborhood of Northwest D.C.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Opinions On Virginia Governor Largely Split Along Party Lines

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has taken some PR flak in recent months for receiving gifts from a political donor — even so, opinions on the governor still largely adhere to party fault lines.

Two Bull Sharks Caught In The Potomac River

A pair of bull sharks more than eight feet long were pulled from the Potomac River this week, not far from local swimming holes.

Appeal Filed For U.Va. Lacrosse Player Who Killed Ex-Girlfriend

Attorneys representing George W. Huguely allege errors involving jury selection in seeking a new trial for the May 2010 beating death of Yeardley Love.

D.C. Fire Chief Accused Of Injuring Firefighter While Grabbing Phone

A D.C. firefighter has filed a complaint against Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe, saying that the chief injured him while grabbing for his phone while at the scene of an ambulance fire last week.