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Friday, June 1, 2012

Whitman Walker Offers Gender Reassignment Service

People undergoing gender reassignment will now have assistance in making sure their identity papers match their new reality.

Traffic Remains Blocked After Water Main Break

A few streets are still affected after Thursday's massive water main break at the intersection of Connecticut Ave and N Street NW.

D.C. Partners With Chinese Bank To Spur Economy

Washington, D.C. is partnering with one of the largest state-run banks in China.

Judge And Harry Thomas Jr. Lawyers Come To Decision On Repayment

Former D.C. Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. has agreed to repay the city $353,500.

Montgomery County Unveils Dam Safety Programs

Montgomery County is unveiling new dam safety programs in response to a major evacuation and heavy leaks at Lake Needwood Dam in 2006.

Remembering 'Jim Dandy'

We remember Jim Dandy, a 97-year-old Silver Spring dry cleaner who died after a lifetime of providing Silver Spring customers with clean clothing... and healthy doses of advice.

D.C. Museum Uses Art To Help Alzheimer's Patients

The Kreeger Museum in D.C. pairs dementia patients and their caregivers with middle-school students to enjoy art.

Chronic Absenteeism: Public School's Forgotten Problem?

A new study says more than 7.5 million American students are missing substantial amounts of school each year.

From A to B: Construction Crews Preserve Georgetown, One Stone at a Time

We dig in to Georgetown's past, as construction crews replace the stones and trolley lines in the neighborhood's historic O and P Streets.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Tournament Targets Invasive Snakehead Fish

Fishermen in Maryland are dealing with the invasive snakehead fish the only way they know how — organizing a competition to see who can catch the most and then cooking the lot of them.

Dam Safety Awareness Day Marked In Montgomery County

It was Dam Safety Awareness Day in Montgomery County, and officials in Maryland are remembering a time just five years ago when they had a close call with the Lake Needwood Dam.

Feds Crack Down On East Coast Bus Services

Of the scores of low-cost bus services offering cheap fares up and down the east coast, 26 were recently shut down by federal authorities for safety violations.

Advocates Push For Improved Safety Standards In Transportation Bill

With the summer driving season upon us, highway safety advocates are calling for Congress to include improved safety standards into the transportation re-authorization being considered in the Senate.

MPD Chief Says 'File Burn' Was Routine

A so-called "file burn" of fire and police personnel records earlier this month prompted calls for an internal investigation, but Chief Cathy Lanier says the practice is common and the files burned were of no consequence.

Rock Creek Park Deer Population To Be Culled

From a population of just four half a century ago, the Rock Creek Park deer population has exploded into the hundreds. Park officials have announced plans to thin their numbers.