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Monday, August 8, 2011

Sinkhole Closes Roads, Evacuates Apartments In Arlington

A collapsed retaining wall on a construction site caused major traffic issues this morning and led to the evacuation of a nearby apartment building in Rosslyn late last night, according to NBC Washington.

CQ Roll Call: Fight Keeps Congress In Washington, Criticism On S&P Downgrade, Former Sen. Mark Hatfield's Legacy

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks about the latest on Capitol Hill including why Congress isn’t on really on recess this month and the legacy left by former Sen. Mark Hatfield (R-Ore.), who died on Sunday.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Verizon Workers On Strike Over Health Care And Pension Benefits

From Virginia to Massachusetts tens of thousands of Verizon employees are striking over a contract dispute.

Ragged Mountain Reservoir To Move Forward In Virginia

The proposed new dam at Ragged Mountain Reservoir has taken a step forward.

Six Metro Stations Closed, Major Delays Continue

Four stations on the Red Line, and two on the Blue Line are closed today for track work, and that could mean delays of up to 45 minutes.

Non-profit Group Sets Out To Save D.C.'s Trees

Public trees in urban settings can be under a lot of stress from lack of water, damage by cars and pedestrians, and even neglect once they are planted. So a group of volunteers are using their time to care for public trees on a historic street in the District.

USS Radford's Sinking Could Be Delayed Again

The Atlantic coast will soon have the largest artificial reef of its kind when the 563-foot USS Radford is sunk 30 miles off the coast of Ocean City Md., but the big event is in jeopardy of being delayed for the second time in as many weeks.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Program Uses Theater To Promote Drug Abuse Screening

Actress Debra Winger is in Washington, D.C. this weekend to help educate health care providers through the Addiction Performance Project, which aims to promote drug abuse screening at the doctor's office.

Animal Shelters Swell During Summer Swelter

For animal shelters, the dog days of summer have a special meaning.

HIV Infections Have Stabilized In U.S., But Black Males Still At High Risk

HIV infections in America have stabilized over the past three years, according to a new study by the Federal Center For Disease Control. However, there's still one group that remains at high risk.

Algae In The Potomac Causing Skin Irritation And Nausea

Maryland health officials say potentially toxic blue-green algae has been found in the mouth of the Mattawoman Creek near Indian Head and the Potomac River, south of the creek, and they are urging residents to avoid swimming and other water contact in the area.

Cuccinnelli Publicizes Programs That Help Elderly And Veterans

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinnelli has been busy with two high-profile federal cases: lawsuits over the healthcare mandate and greenhouse gas emissions.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Youth Voices: Martine Gaetan

Some people pursue so-called "ideals of beauty" -- but at what price? Commentator Martine Gaetan recalls the struggle she had coming face-to-face with her self-image and accepting what she saw in the mirror.

CQ Roll Call: FAA Deal, Congress's Poor Approval Rating, Super Committee Picks

Congress had a busy week with the approval of a deal to raise the federal debt limit and cut the deficit, followed by a last minute agreement to pass a bill ending the partial closure of the FAA. CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing editor David Hawkings talks with WAMU Morning Edition Anchor Matt Bush about these actions, as well the abysmal approval rating numbers Congress received this week.

U.S. Job Numbers Up For July, But D.C.'s Unemployment Jumped In June

Amidst the turmoil in the economy over the last few years, many have viewed D.C. as one of the lone economic engines in the country. But new employment numbers suggest that could be changing.

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