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Friday, September 14, 2012

Former Prince George's Cop Sentenced For Cigarette Smuggling

A former Prince George's County police officer will go to jail for five years after being convicted of conspiring to run a cigarette smuggling ring.

Virginia Board Of Health To Vote On New Abortion Clinic Rules

Activists on both sides of the abortion debate are likely to closely watch the Virginia Board of Health meeting today as the board votes on abortion clinic regulations.

D.C.'s Frederick Douglass Statue Will Move To Capitol

Frederick Douglass will finally take his rightful place in the U.S. Capitol, alongside statues representing historic figures from the rest of the United States.

D.C. Launches Mobile Resource For Sexual Violence Victims

The D.C. government is launching a mobile phone app that provides resources to victims of sexual violence on college campuses.

Seeing Stars: Arlington Unveils Revamped Planetarium

The Friends of the Planetarium in Arlington will finally see the fruits of their labor — all $400,000 worth — when the newly renovated school system planetarium reopens to the public next week.

Door To Door: Morningside, Md. And Eastland Gardens, D.C.

This week, we visit Morningside, Md., and Eastland Gardens in Northeast D.C.

D.C.'s Last Full-Service Music Store Helps Customers Make Beautiful Music

Myrna Sislen is celebrating her tenth year as owner of Middle C Music, the District's only full-service music store.

Pinup Panini Navigates The Challenges Of D.C.'s Food Truck Business

Aspiring food truck entrepreneurs in D.C. have a lot of ropes to learn, from renting a commercial kitchen, to finding parking, to wading through a sea of city regulations. Rebecca Sheir speaks with first-time food-trucker Cori Bryant, who hopes to launch her "Pinup Panini" truck in October.

D.C.'s Ward 7 Prepares For New Growth, New Residents

In the second of our stories on the relationship between development and transit in the District, we explore how Ward 7 — an area chock-full of public transportation options and affordable housing — is finally starting to see the growth already experienced by other D.C. neighborhoods.

'Tourists' Till the Land, Learn Farming from The Ground Up

Aspiring farmers are increasingly taking a tourist's approach to learn the trade: living on local farms and immersing themselves in a world that was previously foreign to them.

Goodbye Dodgeball, Hello Wii Pilates: DCPS Revamps Phys. Ed.

In the District, public schools are changing the way they teach physical education, with a new emphasis on having kids compete against their own individualized fitness goals.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Virginia Board Of Health Approves Tougher Abortion Clinic Regulations

After threats from Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, the state Board of Health voted 13-2 to approve strict new regulations for abortion clinics that opponents say will put them out of business.

Area Governments Receive Bonus Federal Transportation Funds

Virginia, Maryland the District will each receive millions in unspent federal transportation funding, as the FHA redistributes unused fundings from other states across the country.

Washington National Opera Names Permanent Artistic Director

Francesca Zambello has just been named the permanent Artistic Director at the Washington National Opera, effective in 2013.

Archives To Display 'Fifth Page' Of Constitution For First Time

The oft-forgotten "fifth page" of the U.S. Constitution will be on display at the National Archives this weekend for the first time ever.