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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Newseum Launches Exhibits Related To March On Washington

New exhibits and programs in D.C. will allow people to explore the historic 1963 March on Washington.

Hundreds Of Thousands Reflect During March On Washington

Yesterday's rally on the National Mall drew hundreds of thousands of people. Events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington will continue throughout the week.

D.C. Leaders Rally For Statehood Ahead Of March On Washington

At the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, there was a lot of oratory from D.C. leaders, but the demand was simple: equal representation in Congress.

National Zoo's Giant Panda Mei Xiang Gives Birth To Stillborn Cub

The National Zoo's giant panda Mei Xiang gave birth to a stillborn cub Saturday evening at 7:29 p.m. Her first cub, born on Friday, is doing well.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Redskins Host Buffalo Bills In Third Pre-Season Game

The Washington Redskins play their third pre-season game this evening against the Buffalo Bills at FedEx Field.

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.