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Friday, August 24, 2012

D.C. Gigs: The Bonsai Curator

In this edition of D.C. Gigs, we meet the man tasked with caring for the extensive bonsai tree collection at the National Arboretum.

Artist Creates Elaborate Sand Sculptures In Ocean City

Artist Randy Hofman has been carving elaborate sculptures into the sand near the Ocean City, Md. boardwalk for more than 30 years.

Volunteers Work to Save D.C.'S Oldest Monuments

Washington's oldest monuments, its Boundary Stones, have nearly been forgotten. But a group of engineers, preservationists and history buffs is working to change that.

Door to Door: Park Fairfax, Va. and Southwest Waterfront, D.C.

This week, we visit Park Fairfax in Virginia and the Southwest Waterfront in D.C.

From A To B: It's Electric!

A growing number of D.C. commuters are scooting around town on electric bikes, which combine your own power with an electric motor.

Soccer Goes International In D.C.

Soccer is much more than a pick-up game for this international group of players in D.C.

Hoops Sagrado Scores High With Local Youth

In Adams Morgan, a tight-knit group of basketball players support one another — and mentor the next generation.

Washingtonians Confront Claustrophobia By Caving

A woman with an intense fear of confined spaces has found a creative, subterranean way to ease her anxieties.

From Stone To (Bright Red) Structure: A Tour of the Seneca Quarry

We visit the historic but nearly-forgotten Seneca Quarry, which provided the bright red sandstone for one of Washington's most famous buildings.

The Week On Metro Connection: The Great Outdoors

As we head into the waning days of summer, we'll soak in some rays, breathe some fresh air, and head into "The Great Outdoors."

Monday, August 20, 2012

Public Input Welcome At Fracking Meeting In Western Maryland

The Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission is holding a public meeting Monday evening to keep residents of Western Maryland in the loop on the latest developments on natural gas fracking in their area.

Ride On Bus Crashes Into Silver Spring House

A Ride On bus, carrying 10 to 15 people, crashed into a Silver Spring house Monday morning.

D.C. Corporate Contributions Petitioners: Elections Board's Math Was Wrong

Organizers behind the ballot initiative to ban corporate campaign contributions to D.C.'s local politicians will go before a judge today to argue that 3,000 signatures were wrongly discounted due to a mathematical error. 

Greenbelt MS Opens For First Day Of School

Prince George's County students are heading back to school today, and several hundred of them, to a brand new building.

Bethesda Minor Left Unattended By Airline Staff

A Bethesda father and his daughter had quite the scare over the weekend when the 12-year-old girl, who was supposed to be escorted by a United Airlines attendant while flying solo from Wyoming to D.C., was left alone in Chicago's O'Hare airport. 

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