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Monday, July 29, 2013

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, July 29, 2013

You can hear slam poetry performed by local teens or see an exhibit of clay artwork for animal lovers.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

New Smartphone Aims To Improve Lives Of Amputees

An industrial design class at Virginia Tech invented a very smart, smartphone designed for people missing a limb.

Poor Services At VA Hospitals Leave Virginia Vets Disgruntled

Virginia veterans are speaking out about a long list of problems in the backlog of services in Veterans' Affairs hospitals.

Virginia Supreme Court Denies Public Access To Audio Of Oral Arguments

Sessions at the Virginia Supreme Court are recorded, however, the audio files are kept secret, and video recordings are forbidden.

Robert Griffin III Takes It Slow At Redskins Training Camp

Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan says it will take two to three weeks to get their star quarterback into full football shape.

Maryland Woman's Kidney Donation Saves Husband And Father

A local woman who volunteered to donate a kidney never knew the move would help save two members of her own family.

Premium Rates Set For Maryland Health Exchange

The Maryland health insurance commissioner says premium rates for coverage plans will be up to a third cheaper than what was requested by health insurance companies.

U.S. Senate Appropriations Approves Less Restrictive Budget For D.C.

The committee approved a budget for the District that doesn't try to restrict city officials' ability to craft their own policies.

Senate Committee Passes Employment Non-Discrimination Act

Bipartisan support in one committee has approved legislation to combat discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Musical Score From 'The Legend of Zelda' To Perform In Baltimore

The music from the classic video game franchise The Legend of Zelda will be performed at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore tonight.

Land Swap At Heart Of D.C. United Stadium Deal Gives Some Legislators Pause

The deal on a 20,000-seat, $300 million stadium at Buzzard Point in Southwest D.C. revolves around a land swap—and not all legislators say it's a done deal.

Former Gray Campaign Aide Thomas Gore Sentenced To Prison

A former campaign aide to D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has been sentenced to six months in prison for his role in secretly funneling money to a mayoral candidate.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Defense Makes Closing Arguments In Bradley Manning Trial

The trial of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, accused of leaking classified government information to the Wikileaks website, is coming to a close as the defense makes its closing arguments.

Four Orange Line Stations Closed This Weekend

Weekend Metro riders will have delays again this weekend, with four station closings on the Orange Line and longer wait times elsewhere in the system.

Panda Pregnancy Watch Kicks Off At The National Zoo

It's time for the city's favorite guessing game: is the National Zoo's female panda pregnant?