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Friday, April 6, 2012

Washington Power Brokers Prepare The Next Generation: The U.S. Senate Youth Program

For 50 years, the United States Senate Youth Program has brought an elite group of high school students to tour the buildings and meet the power brokers of Washington, D.C... and has launched the careers of some well-known alumni.

Door To Door: Cherrydale, Va. And Michigan Park , D.C.

This week, we visit D.C.'s Michigan Park and Cherrydale, Va.

Elite American Kayakers Vie For Olympic Gold

Maryland natives Caroline Queen and Ashley Nee are longtime friends... and among the nation's top kayakers. At the 2012 Olympic trials (April 12-14), they're going head-to-head for a chance to compete for the gold in London.

D.C. Leaders Ponder A Plan To Modernize Taxicabs

District leaders are weighing a plan that would modernize the city's taxis at a cost to passengers.

D.C. School Librarians Face An Uncertain Future

Some District public-school librarians are worried about their next chapter, now that DCPS has released its new budget.

Maryland Lawmakers Tackle Big Environmental Questions

Maryland lawmakers are debating a number of environmental issues, from wind power to banning arsenic in the state's poultry industry.

Illinois, D.C. Kids Form Unusual Partnership

What happens when a D.C. teacher hears a story about Illinois kids raising money to visit the District?

Library Of Congress Preserves A Treasure Trove Underground

A former Cold War bunker houses the Library of Congress Packard Campus of the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center: the world's largest collection of films, TV programs and sound recordings.

This Week On Metro Connection: Saving & Spending

As tax day approaches, we do some "Saving & Spending": from scrimping pennies to following a dream, to saving the world's largest collection of audio and video.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Tour Buses Back On National Mall Route

Open Top Sightseeing's iconic double-decker buses will begin gracing the National Mall, as the National Park Service has given them the go-ahead after the last operator went out of business.

Three Hospitalized After NW House Fire

D.C. firefighters put out a serious fire at a house in upper Northwest this morning. Three occupants of the house were transported to the hospital. 

Virginia's Phase Two Of Bay Restoration Underway

Phase Two of Virginia's Chesapeake Bay restoration plan is underway, which requires localities to develop their own strategies.

Recount Possible For At-Large D.C. Council Race

The margin between incumbent Vincent Orange and challenger Sekou Biddle for the at-large seat on the D.C. Council is only a few hundred votes, and some expect that a final tally next week could trigger a recount.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Baby Turtles: Adorable Vectors For Salmonella Bacteria

An outbreak of salmonella infections in Maryland and elsewhere is being linked to wild reptiles. 

Bad Sushi Leads To Area Salmonella Outbreak

A salmonella outbreak has seized 90 people across 19 states, with health officials believing that it could stem from contaminated sushi.