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Monday, August 20, 2012

Virginia, Maryland Well Represented In Convention Speakers

Plans for the Democratic and Republican National Conventions in the next month are slowly coming out, and already it appears as though both Virginia and Maryland will have familiar faces amongst the prominent speakers.

Honest Tea Co-Founder Speaks On NYC Drink Ban

Bethesda-based beverage company Honest Tea is taking issue with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's plan to ban sugary beverages larger than 16 oz, noting that the change in one major market can have major repercussions.

Outcome For Alexandria's Waterfront Plan Uncertain

Supporters and opponents of the Alexandria waterfront plan are still battling out a resolution. Voters may have the ultimate say, however, in who they elect in council elections this November.

One Prince George's Officer Dead, Another Injured In I-95 Crash

A multiple-vehicle collission on southbound I-95 Monday afternoon has left on Prince George's County police officer dead and another injured.

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. 

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.

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