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Friday, March 22, 2013

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, March 22

It's a confusing, crazy, beautiful world out there, and this weekend you can explore one artist's joys and fears associated with fatherhood or check out a performance about two teenagers' twisted attempt at pulling off the perfect crime.

Door To Door: Brentwood, Md., And Dupont Park, D.C.

This week, we visit Brentwood, Maryland and the D.C. neighborhood of Dupont Park.

International Festival Brings Cutting-Edge Design to D.C.

This year marks the first Washington D.C. International Design Festival: a series of design-inspired public programs at Artisphere in Rosslyn, Va.

From Slave To White House Designer: The Amazing Tale Of Elizabeth Keckley

Elizabeth Keckley was born into slavery, but eventually became a seamstress and confidante to First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln, and a social activist in Washington, D.C.

Projects From 10 Area Schools Featured In National Building Museum Exhibit

The Green Schools exhibit at the National Building Museum showcases the efforts of K-12 schools to "go green," with waterless urinals, composting programs and other innovative designs.

Stepping Inside The 'NanoFab'

The NanoFab facility in Gaithersburg, Md. houses multi-million dollar pieces of equipment, which scientists can rent to perform experiments on an atomic scale.

HIV Groups Prepare For Health Care Redesign

Some local organizations that provide HIV and AIDS services worry the Affordable Care Act could mean a major redesign of how they find funding and operate.

How Did D.C. Become A City Of Bollards?

What's the deal with the thousands of bollards that ring federal buildings in downtown D.C.?

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Veterans Demand Expedited Service To Benefit Claims

Nearly 900,000 veterans are waiting for the Department of Veterans Affairs to process their disability claims.

Two Men Sentenced For Involvement In Harry Thomas Jr. Theft

Marshall Banks and James Garvin have been sentenced to probation and community service for their involvement in stolen government funds.

Virginia Homeowner Fatally Shoots Teen For Trespassing

A 16-year-old was fatally shot, after he drunkenly entered a neighbor's home by mistake.

U.S. House Passes Spending Bill To Avert Shutdown

U.S. House lawmakers approved a bill to keep the government's lights on through September.

Supporters Pushing House Committees On Gun Control Bill

The issue of whether to ban military style assault weapons has bogged down's Gov. Martin O'Malley's gun control bill in the House.

Md. Marine, Lance Cpl. William Wild, Among Seven Killed In Mortar Explosion

Funeral services have been scheduled for a local Marine who was killed Monday when a mortar shell exploded during a live-fire training exercise in Nevada.

Assault Weapon Ban A Sticking Point In Maryland Gun Control Legislation

Legislation that put further controls on the purchase of guns has languished in a Maryland House committee, prompting activists and the Lieutenant Governor to renew a call for action.