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Monday, September 17, 2012

Moody's Threatens To Downgrade U.S. Credit Rating

The U.S. credit rating is once again in danger of being knocked a notch lower, which could threaten the credit ratings of Virginia and Maryland.

Park Ranger Recounts Civil War Battle of Antietam

This year marks 150 years since the Civil War Battle of Antietam. The 12 hours of fighting that day were the deadliest in U.S. history, as 23,000 men were killed or wounded.

D.C. Councilmember Has Had Driver's License Suspended Five Times

D.C. Councilmember Michael A. Brown has had his driver's license suspended five times due to traffic violations and unpaid tickets.

National Zoo Welcomes Panda Cub

The National Zoo's giant panda, Mei Xiang, gave birth to a panda cub Sunday night.

Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, Sept. 17

Emancipation Nation, Bright Voices, and Wind Me Up, Chuck!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Congress Tackles To-Do List After Conventions

Congress is back in session after a summer break, but it won't be long before they head out of Washington once again.

Smithsonian Hosts Emancipation Proclamation Event

The Smithsonian will be hosting a forum and live performance Monday afternoon in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Vandalism Targeted Toward LGBT Magazine

A news magazine serving the District's LGBT community is being targeted with multiple acts of vandalism.

Superbug Kills Seventh Person In Maryland

A seventh victim in Maryland has died from the superbug outbreak at the National Institutes of Health.

Maryland Seeks Help Naming Streams

An advisory board is seeking help to name six streams in Maryland.

Congress Divided Over Future Of Clean Energy

The U.S. House voted to end a Department of Energy program that helps fund clean energy firms.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

H Street Festival Aims To Energize Neighborhood

The H Street Festival hopes to reclaim the energy that made the neighborhood one of the busiest commercial districts in Washington, D.C.

Ocean City To Install Surveillance Cameras

Ocean City's boardwalk will be equipped with 10 new surveillance cameras and a complex underground digital network by next summer.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Montgomery County Mortgage Scammer Sentenced To 7 Years

A Montgomery County man was sentenced on Friday for conducting a scam that cost predominantly Latino homeowners in the area more than $50,000 during the height of the mortgage crisis.

Remembering D.C. Theater Icon Jaylee Mead

D.C. theater icon Jaylee Mead died Friday at the age of 83, but her memory will not be forgotten. Long-time friend and colleague Victor Shargai discusses her remarkable life.