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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Friday Marks 'Bike To Work Day' In D.C.

With sunny skies on the forecast, thousands of residents of Virginia, Maryland the District are expected to take to the roads for the annual Bike to Work Day.

Barracks Row Stabbing A Hate Crime, Prosecutor Says

Prosecutors are alleging that a man charged in the fatal stabbing of a fellow Marine in D.C. was motivated by homophobic hatred.

'Drive For Charity' Today On Dulles Greenway

All proceeds generated today by tolls on the Dulles Greenway will go towards charitable causes, including the March of Dimes and a scholarship fund for local students.

D.C. Voting Rights Activists To Bombard Trent Franks' Office

D.C. Voting Rights advocates are hoping to convince one member of Congress to butt out of D.C.'s affairs by swarming his office with complaints next week. 

A One-Horse Race For Dirt Tracks At Preakness

When the Preakness Stakes is held in Baltimore this weekend, it will take place on a dirt track, just as it has for nearly 140 years. This, despite evidence that synthetic tracks may actually be safer for horses.

Man Found Shot Near Fairfax County Apartment Complex

Fairfax County police are investigating the homicide of a man found dead last night in the Mount Vernon area of the county. 

Friday, May 18, 2012

South African Dancer Flies High in D.C.

Andile Ndlovu grew up in a South Africa neighborhood once considered ground zero in the apartheid struggle. Now, he performs for audiences thousands of miles away as an acclaimed dancer with the Washington Ballet.

Outspoken Chinese Artist-Activist's Work Comes To D.C.

Artist Ai Weiwei has made headlines for his outspoken criticism of the Chinese government. But some say his art is about much more than just politics.

Georgetown Restaurant Aims to be Global Melting Pot

We have a bite at a new Georgetown restaurant that aims to fuse "modern American" cooking with influences from around the globe.

Working as a Waitress, Dreaming of a Career in Medicine

Fernanda Fortiz is a U.S. citizen but spent most of her childhood in El Salvador. These days, she's juggling college studies with a waitressing job and caring for her teenage sister.

Door to Door: Wheeler Creek, D.C., and Centreville, Va.

This week, we visit Wheeler Creek in Southeast D.C., and Centreville, Va.

From A To B: How Does D.C.'s Transit Stack Up Locally?

We tour our region to ask how we stack up to cities in Europe and Asia when it comes to getting commuters where they need to go.

From Anacostia To The Atlantic: How Our Trash Travels

The plastic that gets tossed into local rivers can travel hundreds or even thousands of miles before becoming part of a swirling eddy of trash in the Atlantic Ocean.

Cameroonian Musician Brings Afropop and Afrobeat to D.C.

Bass player Aristide Zogdoule has played for audiences in Indonesia, Singapore and Belgium, but now calls Washington, D.C., his home.

Soccer Goes International In D.C.

Soccer is much more than a pick-up game for this international group of players in D.C.