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Monday, January 21, 2013

D.C., Virginia Residents Serve As Inauguration Co-Chairs

One of the citizen co-chairs of the 57th inaugural is D.C. resident David Hall, a former U.S. Air Force airman who was kicked out of the military for being gay. 

Analysis: Inaugurals Throughout History

Author and historian Paul Dickson talks about inaugurations throughout history, including some that had presidents coining new words or phrases that would become commonplace in the American lexicon.

D.C. Uses Reviewing Stand As Voting Rights Pulpit

The District of Columbia will use the inauguration for its own mini-protest, posting a sign on the official reviewing stand for the parade that calls for more rights for D.C. 

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Jan. 21, 2013

As D.C. celebrates President Obama's second term, you can check out these events that highlight the legacy of two leaders from the past.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Inauguration Attendees Should Plan Transportation Ahead Of Time

For those traveling in or near the District on Monday, the toughest part will be reaching their destination.

Inaugural Store Stays Open For Last-Minute Souvenir Buyers

The Presidential Inaugural Committee plans to keep the official inauguration store open until Jan. 24 for last-minute purchases.

Obama's Presidential Limo Has New Tags

President Obama's limo now displays the "Taxation Without Representation" design used in the District.

Cheaper Bedbug Extermination May Be Near

A new drug is in the works to exterminate bedbugs at a cheaper price.

New Bulletproof Teaching Boards Aid Defense In Classrooms

The debate on guns and school safety in Maryland has prompted an Eastern Shore armor manufacturer to design a bulletproof teaching board to be used as a last line of defense in the classroom.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Smithsonian To Renovate Arts And Industries Building

The Smithsonian Institution is planning to repair and reopen the 132-year-old Arts and Industries Building.

Virginia Lawmakers May Limit Menhaden Fishing

Virginia legislators are recommending a bill to cut down on menhaden fishing by 20 percent.

Chelsea Clinton, Eva Longoria, Beau Biden At National Day of Service

Thousands gathered on the National Mall to take part in the National Day of Service.

Former Orioles Manager Earl Weaver Dies At 82

Legendary Orioles manager Earl Weaver died Friday night at the age of 82.

Eastern Shore Largely Against O'Malley's Proposed Gun Laws

Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposed changes to gun laws have been met with vehement disdain from Eastern Shore legislators.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Thousands Of National Guard Members Join Police For Inauguration

With hundreds of thousands of visitors expected in D.C. for Inauguration Day, the District is welcoming thousands of members of the National Guard to assist with security and logistics.