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Saturday, September 29, 2012

American Muslim Organization Hosts National Walkathon

Thousands are expected to participate in an interstate walkathon to help fight "Islamophobia."

Friday, September 28, 2012

Local Counties Recommend Flu Shot For All This Year

woman getting a flu shot

Shortages have relegated flu shots to the vulnerable in years past, but now health officials are recommending that everybody get vaccinated.

Virginia Horse Tests Positive For West Nile Virus

Animal health officials in Virginia are urging horse owners to check vaccination records after one horse contracted West Nile virus.

D.C. Police Criticized For First Amendment Investigations

The office of the D.C. auditor is criticizing the police department's methods in past First Amendment investigations.

Blue Line Escapes Weekend Track Work

metro map

Metro is mired in weekend track work again this weekend, affecting all lines with delays except for the Blue Line.

Environmentalist Uses Bio-Digestion To Deal With Poultry Waste

A businessman thinks he may have found a new solution for how to handle the countless tons of poultry manure on the Eastern Shore.

Virginia's Revised Education Requirements Draw Complaints Of Discrimination

Virginia is making changes to its standards for underperforming schools, but the way their performance is evaluated has drawn some criticism as discriminatory.

Analysis: Pepco's Union Dispute, Ethics Challenges In Maryland, Virginia

Washigton Post's Robert McCartney talks about Pepco's ongoing labor dispute and the ethics challenges to Rep. Roscoe Bartlett and Loudoun County supervisor Eugene Delgaudio.

Analysis: Obama And Romney Campaign In Virginia

David Hawkings talks about the latest in Obama and Romney's campaigning, and what absentee voting in Virginia could mean for the race.

One Part Of Maryland Gaming Expansion Takes Effect Monday

Maryland veterans' groups can begin applying Monday to install instant lottery pull-tab machines in their facilities. The rest of the state's gambling expansion law will have to wait for implementation until after the November referendum, however.

Chris Van Hollen Preps Biden For Debates

Vice President Joe Biden is getting a little help from Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen in getting a leg up in the upcoming debates.

What A Deal: Living Social To Fund Late-Night Metro For Nats Playoffs

Living Social will step in with funding for late-night Metro service if the Washington Nationals' playoff games go into extra innings. 

Amid Development, Working To Keep Balance In Columbia Heights

The addition of transit has transformed the Columbia Heights neighborhood into the bustling, magnet community it is today, but it took a lot of compromise, says Ward 1 Council member Jim Graham.

Monday, October 1, 2012

StoryCorps: Ed Walker, Host Of The Big Broadcast, On His Early Start In Radio

Host of The Big Broadcast, Ed Walker

Ed Walker got his start on the radio at a very early age. In the first story recorded as part of the StoryCorps program, the host of The Big Broadcast shares his passion for the art form.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Lawmakers, Librarians Take Renewed Look At Renovating D.C.'s Central Library

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in D.C.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library is badly in need of renovation, but during a roundtable Thursday, lawmakers and librarians were relieved to hear that it could be fixed at all.