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Friday, May 25, 2012

Chuck Brown Memorial Services Scheduled For Next Week

Memorial services for go-go legend Chuck Brown have been scheduled for next week.

Marion Barry Offends Polish People During Apology To Asians

Gaffe-prone D.C. Council member Marion Barry used a derogatory term for Polish people during an apology to the city's Asian-American community Thursday.

Montgomery County Teen Court Going Strong For 15 Years

Teen Court volunteer students have been laying down judgments for their teenage peers for the past 15 years in Montgomery County. 

U.S. Route 1 Widening Decision Coming Soon

The Federal Highway Administration is about to decide the route for a widened Route 1 in Fairfax County, and it seems like either option is going to leave some people unhappy.

Eruvim Protect Boundaries and Traditions for Local Jews

We learn more about D.C.'s eruvim: a network of wires that form a symbolic boundary for Shomer Shabbos Jews in the city.

D.C.'s Alley Dwellers Live In The Heart Of It All, Out Of Sight

We meet D.C. residents who've lived for decades in a tiny, single-room alley dwelling.

The Location: Investigating Cairo Builder's Chilling Connection

In this month's edition of "The Location," we hear a chilling, little-known family tale related to the famous architect who built D.C.'s Cairo.

Door To Door: Capitol Hill, D.C. And Elkridge, Md.

This week, we visit D.C.'s Capitol Hill and Elkridge, Md.

Remembering A Man Who Broke Boundaries Of 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.

On The Coast: A Beach Town Debates The Meaning Of Noise

While some residents in Dewey Beach, De., are celebrating the passage of new rules restricting noise in a town known for its night life, many business owners are crying foul.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Maryland Senators Pushing Equal Pay For Women

The so-called "war on women" has been a hot-button issue this election cycle, a topic that is likely to flare up again with Democratic senators in Maryland forcing the issue against the GOP by pushing the Paycheck Fairness Act.

Arlington Cemetery Gets Prepped For Memorial Day

Hundreds of thousands of American flags will be placed at markers at Arlington National Cemetery this weekend in advance of ceremonies to honor the men and women who gave their lives in service of their country.

Virginia 511 System Offers Enhanced Traffic Info

With people across Virginia planning sketching out their Memorial Day plans, the commonwealth wants to remind folks that the enhanced 511 traffic information system can save you gridlock-induced headaches.

Avoiding Memorial Day Traffic On The Bay Bridge

The Eastern Shore will be a popular destination this upcoming Memorial Day weekend, and transportation authorities are outlining which hours may prove the easiest to traverse the crowded Bay Bridge.

Andrews Air Show Moves To Biennial Schedule

Fans of the recent Joint Base Andrews air show may be disappointed to hear that it will not return next year, as budget cuts have forced planners to now schedule shows every other year.