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Friday, April 5, 2013

Weekend Festivities: Cherry Blossoms And Waterfront Fireworks

Nearly two thousand cherry blossom trees are expected to be in full bloom this weekend.

Walking Distracted A Serious Hazard To Pedestrian Safety

Virginia passed legislation making it a primary offense to text while driving, but walking while distracted by gadgets has proven just as dangerous for pedestrians.

Gun Control Prompts Dustup On Washington Council Of Governments

Opinions differ in the D.C. region about the best approaches to mediate gun violence, prompting a divide amongst members of the Washington Council of Governments.

Why Tolls Are Waived On The 495 Express Lanes This Weekend

Traffic on the high occupancy tolls lanes connecting the I-95 Interchange with the Dulles Toll Road has disappointed operators, prompting them to open them for free this weekend to give drivers a taste.

Slideshow: Intersection Of Faith And Arts

Artists explore how faith, spirituality and heritage play a role in artistic expression.

Door To Door: Brandywine, Md. And Capitol View, D.C.

This week we visit Brandywine, Maryland, and the Capitol View neighborhood of Southeast D.C.

Taking A Leap Of Faith On A Refugee Foster Child

Taking in a foster kid can be a leap into the unknown, but what if he or she is a refugee from one of the world's most war-ravaged countries?

Playwright-Priest Pens Play About Faith and Family

Bill Cain isn't just an award-winning playwright; he's also a Jesuit priest. And he brings the two together in "How To Write a New Book for the Bible," making its East Coast premiere at Maryland's Round House Theatre.

Virginia Congregation Rebuilds After Devastating Fire

The congregation of the Adams United Methodist Church in Whitesville, Va. is picking up the pieces after the church's sanctuary was destroyed in a January fire.

Muslim Community, Rural Residents Seek Middle Ground in Development Fight

The Dar-us-Salaam Muslim community in College Park is hoping to move to Howard County, but some residents are fighting those plans.

A New Church For Hip H Street?

Kevin and Charla Lum were raised in evangelical Christian families, and now the married couple is starting their own church on H Street northeast.

A Second Chance For Inmates And Horses In Maryland

Second Chances Farm in Sykesville, Md., rescues former race horses and recruits prison inmates to take care of them.

Former Prison Chaplain Shares Stories Of Faith Behind Bars

Ordained minister Geraldine Buckley says faith plays a large part in her life, and never more so than when she was asked to lead a poetry workshop at the Maryland Correctional Training Center (MCTC), the state's largest men's prison.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Suspects Charged In Accomack County Arson Case

There's more information on one of the suspects accused of setting fires on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

Medicare Cancer Patients Turned Away Under Sequester Cuts

Cancer clinics in the region say automatic budget cuts may force them to stop treating some Medicare patients.