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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Catholic Clergy Members Get Early Look At MLK Memorial

The Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial won't be unveiled for another month, but one group had the chance to get a sneak peek at it yesterday.

Walter Reed Closure May Be Felt Most Along Georgia Ave.

After more than a century of providing medical care to wounded warriors, Walter Reed Army Medical Center is ending its mission. The change leaves some of its longtime neighbors wondering what's next.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Five siblings bring their fifty fingers to Wolf Trap, plus familiar sounds and scenes.

Poultry Waste Having Negative Impact On Local Waterways

As poultry consumption continues to rise, some worry about the effects of all that chicken waste on the local environment.

Redskins Players Face Lighter Workload As Training Camp Opens

Now that the NFL lockout is over, the Washington Redskins will open up training camp in Ashburn, Va. today.
There's going to be something different about this year's camp:

National Gallery Conservators Painstakingly Revive Works Of Art

Carol Christensen is a conservator at the National Gallery of Art, but she wouldn't want you to notice her work; if you did, that would mean she's doing a bad job.

D.C. Begins Work On Contingency Plans For Dealing With Federal Default

As the clock ticks down for congress to pass a debt-ceiling plan, city lawmakers in the District are drawing up contingency plans for a potential U.S. government default.

Maryland SHA Moves Forward On BRAC Upgrades Without Federal Money

In Maryland, the state Highway Administration will begin upgrading roads connected to the massive expansion of the Bethesda Naval Hospital because of BRAC, even though it doesn't have the money to pay for the projects yet.

Ministers arrested for protest in Capitol Rotunda

Ahead of a House vote tonight to raise the nation's debt ceiling, a group of faith leaders have been arrested for protesting the legislation.

Local Board of Trade Informs, But Can't Reassure Local Businesses

The Greater Washington Board of Trade gathered today to discuss the effects on local businesses of a federal default. Attendees found the meeting informative, but not reassuring.

Debt Ceiling: Md. Treasurer On State Impacts Of A Federal Default

Lawmakers are beginning yet another day of work on plans to raise the debt ceiling and cut the federal deficit. As the country approaches a possible default, local and state leaders in the D.C. area are watching very closely. Maryland State Treasurer Nancy Kopp talked to WAMU's Matt McCleskey about what these negotiations could mean for Maryland.

Two Big Names Gone From Redskins' Roster

The Redskins opened training camp in Ashton, Va. today, but two big names were not with the team.

Virginia Budget Problems Could Affect Domestic Violence Prevention Programs

Virginia's Domestic Violence Prevention Board has drawn up proposals on ways to curb the number of attacks, but budget problems could delay implementation.

Bethesda Metro Escalators To Be Replaced In 2014

Malfunctioning Metro escalators often cause headaches for commuters, but the transit agency has plans to make things better at the Bethesda station.

Federal Default Would Hit The District Especially Hard

As the debt ceiling crisis escalates on Capitol Hill, concerns are growing about the impact of a possible default on the District government and the thousands of federal employees who live in the area.

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