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Thursday, March 14, 2013

D.C. Police Identify Two Persons Of Interest In North Capitol Street Shooting

D.C. police have released the names and vehicle description of the suspects connected to the North Capitol Street drive-by shooting last Monday.

Senate Restores Transportation Financing, Setting Stage For Compromise

The Senate has restored hundreds of millions in transportation funding eliminated by the House, but now the two chambers will have to work towards a compromise.

Anne Arundel Co. Exec John Leopold Sentenced To 30 Days, $100K Fine

On two counts of misconduct in his office as Anne Arundel County executive, John Leopold has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and a $100,000 fine.

Mothers Hold Silent Vigil Outside NRA Headquarters

The National Rifle Association's Fairfax building is the scene of a silent vigil by a group called Moms Rising, which advocates for stronger "common sense" gun laws.

Ocean City Rejects Old Bay Advertising Overture

The makers of Old Bay offered to pay Ocean City to wrap their highly-visible boardwalk trams in advertising for the seafood spice — an offer city officials rejected, because they are thinking bigger.

Senate Budget Committee Digs Into Democratic Proposal

The Democratic budget proposal differs from Rep. Paul Ryan's plan heard earlier this week, in that it shields federal workers and raises trillions in new revenues.

Friday, March 15, 2013

DC Gigs: They Call Him 'Father Time'

In this month's edition of D.C. Gigs, we'll meet the head of the Time Service at the U.S. Naval Observatory — a man sometimes referred to as 'Father Time.'

Bringing Yoga East Of The River

There are currently no yoga studios in D.C. east of the Anacostia River. But that could soon change, as local yogis seek to diversify the practice.

'Three Little Birds': Bringing Bob Marley To The Theatrical Stage

Adventure Theatre Musical Theatre Center will sweep audiences to Jamaica this spring, as it presents Three Little Birds: a world-premiere musical combining Bob Marley's music with his daughter's children's book of the same name.

Getting The Lowdown On Higher Ed

Many local colleges and universities are on spring break, but there's plenty happening in the world of higher education — from budget crunches to an upcoming Supreme Court decision on affirmative action in admissions policies.

Why Are Yellow Perch Disappearing From Our Rivers?

For years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been trying to figure out why yellow perch, which spawn in rivers feeding into the Chesapeake Bay, are reproducing at lower and lower levels.

Eating In The Embassy: Getting Hungry For Hungarian Food

We continue our Eating in the Embassy series with a trip to the Embassy of Hungary, where Chef Viktor Merényi has been wowing guests with his new-fangled take on Hungarian cuisine for four years.

Getting Your Garden To Grow... In A Basement Apartment

Kenneth Moore was 4 years old when he grew his first garden. Now, you can find evidence of his green thumb everywhere in his D.C. studio apartment.

Want To See Washington's Cherry Blossoms Without The Crowds?

With the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival just around the corner, we'll head to the National Arboretum to check out one of the most diverse collections of cherry trees in the United States.

The Week On Metro Connection: Spring Fling

We'll get outdoors, get our hands dirty, and get a bit of sun as we celebrate the arrival of the spring season.