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Friday, July 6, 2012

Shenandoah Fires Under Control

Two forest fires sparked by lighting last month in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley is slowly getting under control.

Virginia's Voter ID Law Takes Effect

Virginia's voter identification law went into effect this week after dominating discourse in the state for the better part of this year's legislative session.

Woodbridge Trailer Park Residents Evicted By County

Dozens of people found themselves stranded yesterday when Prince William County evicted them from their homes in the Holly Acres trailer park in Woodbridge. The eviction comes after a protracted fight between the owners and the county.

Talk About Timing: Pepco Rate Hike On Maryland PSC's Docket

In what could be the most unfortunate timing ever, electric utility Pepco's proposed rate hike will come up for a vote at the Maryland Public Service commission next week — just days after the region's massive power outages. 

Local Family Recalls Three Decades Of An Eastern Market Tradition

After leaving El Salvador, the Canales family built a thriving family food operation at Capitol Hill's Eastern Market.

From A To B: Craft Brewers Work Hard To Get Suds To Thirsty Masses

We visit several microbreweries to find out how they get locally-made suds to the customers who crave them.

Inside D.C.'s Long, Elaborate History Of Toasting

We head to D.C.'s legendary Round Robin Bar to learn about the District's rather particular relationship with the toast.

D.C. Gigs: Investigator Seeks Priceless Artifacts

In this month's D.C. Gigs, we meet Kelly Maltagliati: a criminal investigator who tracks priceless possessions stolen from the National Archives.

Maryland Ice Cream Landmark Prepares For A New Future

Soft Stuff has been dishing out soft-serve to hungry customers in Ellicott City, Md. since the 1980s. But this local ice-cream stand is about to see some major changes.

A Maryland Woman Gets Wild In The Kitchen

We learn how to identify the local wild plants that can add new flavors to your cooking.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Saturday Is 'Chuck Brown Tribute Day' At Folklife Festival

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is dedicating Saturday to a day-long tribute to D.C. music legend and "Godfather of Go-Go," Chuck Brown.

At Folklife, Troupe Celebrates African Heritage With Pulse-Pounding Beats

An all-girl group called the Taratibu Youth Association celebrates their cultural heritage while simultaneously building the confidence and character of its dancers.

Proposal Puts Smart Meters In D.C. Cabs By End Of Year

In a move long sought after by the cab-faring population of the District, the city is planning to ink a deal that would install smart meters that would enable riders to pay by credit card in all licensed D.C. cabs by the end of the year.

Even Arlington Cemetery Can't Escape Storm Damage

As storm damage continues to be assessed around the D.C. Metro area, officials at Arlington National Cemetery report that they lost some trees and will have to replace headstones as well.

Maryland PSC Reserves Judgment On Pepco Response

The head of the Maryland Public Service Commission is withholding judgment of Pepco's response to the damage caused by last Friday's storm, saying they will wait power is restored for all customers.

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