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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Gov. McDonnell Touts Virginia's Slowed Tuition Hikes

Tuition increases in Virginia will be able 4.6 percent for the commonwealth's public universities, a far cry from the double-digit tuition increases in the last decade.

DCPS Cheating Limited To One School, Inspector General Says

The inspector general for D.C. Public Schools has determined a standardized test cheating scandal reported earlier this year by USA Today was limited to one school and one teacher and does not warrant a district-wide probe.

Police Seek X-ray Film Thieves In Virginia Beach

Thieves are more frequently targeting hospitals in order to sell their x-ray film, police officials say. The silver the film contains can be valuable for resale. 

ACLU, Facebook Argue A 'Like' Is Protected Speech

Government employees who were fired after they clicked "Like" on their boss's political opponent's Facebook page are appealing a decision from earlier this year that determined a Facebook "Like" is not constitutionally protected speech.

Virginia Hot Lanes Debate: Are They Just A Temporary Fix?

New express lanes projects on the Capital Beltway and I-95 in Northern Virginia aim to reduce congestion for commuters, but some transportation experts say they'll only provide temporary relief. 

Friday, August 10, 2012

Evolution And Paths Cut Short

Environment reporter Sabri Ben-Achour heads to the National Zoo to find out why 99.99% of everything that has ever lived has been wiped off the evolutionary map.

From A to B: Construction Crews Preserve Georgetown, One Stone At A Time

We dig in to Georgetown's past as construction crews replace the stones and trolley lines in the neighborhood's historic O and P streets NW.

The Location: From Hell's Bottom To Murder Bay To Bloodfield

In the years following the Civil War, the District was so lawless that the city was full of unsavory-sounding neighborhoods, such as Hell's Bottom and Murder Bay.

Family Preserves A Treasured Tradition: 'Wild Man Night'

We find out how one family keeps alive a long-standing tradition known as "Wild Man Night."

Washingtonian Remembers A Capitol Hill Long Gone

Rebecca Sheir chats with 93-year-old writer Mary Z. Gray, who recently published a book about the Capitol Hill of her childhood.

Remembering A Man Who Broke Boundaries Between Earth, Sky

Al Welsh was born in Russia in 1881, before anyone had figured out how to fly an airplane. But he went on to become one of the world's first pilots.

A Family Guards An Open Secret

Open Secret filmmaker Steve Lickteig talks with Rebecca Sheir about his discovery that his oldest sister was actually his biological mother - a secret his family had kept from him for 18 years.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Candlelight Vigil Held In D.C. For Victims Of Wisconsin Shooting

Members of the Sikh faith and other supporters turned out in number in front of the White House on Wednesday night to remember the victims of the tragic shooting in Wisconsin on Sunday.

Fatal Fire In Capitol Heights Claims Two Minors, Injures Another

Two of the three victims of a major fire in a duplex in Capitol Heights, Md., on Wednesday have succumbed to injuries.

Obama Holds Lead In Virginia, While Senate Race Is A Dead Heat

Virginia continues to earn top billing amongst 2012 swing states, and while President Obama holds a small lead in the polls, the race for Senate between Tim Kaine and George Allen is too close to call.