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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Senate Approves Veterans' Jobs Bill

The region’s U.S. senators helped pass legislation that’s expected to help both unemployed veterans and businesses in the area.

Wheelchairs Donated To Wounded Vets

The Knights of Columbus are donating 110 wheelchairs to VA hospitals in the D.C. area.

Military Dedicates New Walter Reed Hospital

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Military leaders were on hand Thursday to officially rename the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, which will serve veterans returning from overseas.

Conservancy Gives Potomac 'D' For Pollution

The Potomac Conservancy has downgraded the river to a D, based on worsening pollution conditions in the D.C. area.

Families Of USS Cole Victims Pull Together

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With the alleged mastermind of the USS Cole attack arraigned in Cuba, the families of the victims in the attack talk about how they have pulled together as a group to support one another.

BWI To See $100M Expansion

A $100 million project will soon add more than 8,500 square feet to BWI airport, which has seen record air traffic in recent months.

Flags Lowered To Honor Maryland Soldier

State and national flags are at half-staff in Maryland Thursday, in honor of 41-year-old U.S. Army Lt. Col. David E. Cabrera, who died in October.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Toiling In The Artistic Trenches: Edgar Degas And His Ballerinas

In our regular arts feature from NPR's Susan Stamberg, we go inside an exhibition of Edgar Degas' famous ballerinas at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.

[Music: "No. 02 Valse (Tempi di valse)" by Tchaikovsky from Swan Lake]

Door To Door: 16th Street Heights, D.C., And Aspen Hill, Md.

It's our weekly trip around the region. This week, we visit 16th Street Heights in Northwest D.C. and Aspen Hill, Md.

[Music: "No, Girl" by John Davis from Title Tracks]

D.C. Gigs: For Whom The Bell Tolls

In our monthly D.C. Gigs segment, we meet the man who makes the bells toll at the Washington National Cathedral.

[Music: "Working for the Weekend" by The Brown Derbies from We Deliver]

Making Old-Time Music New Again

A Virginia man who's been named the "World Champion of Old-Time Piano Playing" explains why ragtime music deserves a second look.

Keeping Trees Thriving In Our Urban Jungle

What's needed to keep trees thriving in our urban jungle? We tag along with some urban foresters who decide which trees get planted where in our nation's capital.

Deciding What Students Should Know

The District is joining a nationwide effort to overhaul what and how American students are learning.

In The Political Trenches: Virginians Go To The Polls

We get the lowdown on Virginia's elections and how the results will affect local residents.

[Music: "Too Close For Comfort" by Frank Sinatra from Come Dance With Me!]

Preparing For Military Service: Inside ROTC

We go inside the Reserve Officers' Training Corps, or ROTC, with a local group of college seniors preparing for military service.

[Music: "Soldier of Love (instrumental)" by Sade from Soldier of Love]