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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Celebrating Two Centuries Of Dickens

Charles Dickens was born 200 years ago this year, and while he is perhaps best known for his more popular novels, the man and his work went much deeper than that.

Group Works To Restore Adams Morgan Mural

A small group of enthusiastic residents are pushing to save and restore an Adam's Morgan mural with a decades-old history for the area's Latino community.

Montgomery County Planning Board Considers Costco Gas Station

A Costco "mega" gas station in Wheaton has drawn the ire of residents concerned with its proximity to their community, and a Montgomery County planning board is considering restrictions on where such structures can be built.

'Playing Politics' With Interest Rates On Student Loans

Federal interest rates on student loans are set to double on July 1, unless Congress takes action. Area Republicans claim President Obama is playing politics with legislation aimed at ensuring that doesn't happen.

D.C. Council Limits Reach Of Secure Communities

The controversial federal immigration program called Secure Communities remains the object of controversy in D.C., after the city council voted to limit the duration of detention for illegal immigrants.

Most Virginians Say Gay Marriage Not Deciding Issue

While Virginia remain divided over the issue of gay marriage, a new poll from Quinnipiac University shows that for a majority of residents of the Commonwealth, it won't influence their presidential vote.

D.C. Man Pleads Guilty To Running Online Prostitution Ring

A D.C. man has pleaded guilty to racketeering charges after taking in more than $1.8 million operating an online prostitution ring in the area.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Door to Door: Dupont Circle, D.C. & Lynhaven, Va.

This week, we visit D.C.'s Dupont Circle and the Lynhaven neighborhood of Alexandria, Va.

Old D.C. Housing Projects Give Way To New

Public housing residents talk about how their lives are changing as old subsidized apartment blocks make way for new kinds of dwellings.

New Book Explores The 'Wicked' Ways Of Capitol Hill

We tour Capitol Hill with a guide who's written a new book about the neighborhood's most titillating tales and sinful scandals.

An Arts Leader Lifts the Baton One Last Time

More than 45 years after founding the Washington Choral Arts Society, Norman Scribner is preparing for his final performance on June 13.

From Tim To Sarah: AU Student Body President Unveils Big News

For most of this past academic year, students at American University knew their student body president as Tim McBride. But by the time McBride's term was done, "Tim" had become "Sarah." We hear the story of how McBride came out as transgender to family and friends.

Scientists Scramble To Protect The Ocean's Coral Reefs

Scientists at Baltimore's National Aquarium and across the country are worried about the future of coral reefs, which provide a critical home to all sorts of marine species.

From A To B: Is the Silver Line In Peril?

We get an update on one of the largest public works projects in the country: Metro's Silver Line rail to Dulles and beyond.

DDOT: Adams Morgan Streetscape Project Will Be Done By Month's End

As the 18th Street reconstruction nears completion in Adams Morgan, Rebecca Sheir checks in with some major players in a project that wound up pitting business owners against the city.