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Friday, September 7, 2012

View From The Convention: Kojo Nnamdi's Impressions From The DNC

Kojo Nnamdi joins WAMU 88.5's Morning Edition host, Matt McCleskey, to discuss the Democratic National Convention's finals speeches and events.

Virginia Looks To Crack Down On Cigarette Smugglers

Virginia's crime commission is looking to crack down on smuggling operations that take advantage of the commonwealth's relatively low tax on cigarettes.

Portion Of Woodmont Ave. Closed For Construction

Drivers in Bethesda got a brief reprieve when the planned closure of a busy roadway was pushed back a few days, but that ends Friday evening.

Residents Weigh In On Dulles Toll Road Increases

Northern Virginia residents are weighing in on proposed toll increases to pay for the Dulles rail project, and some of them are hoping the airports authority can find another way to fund some of the $5.5 billion project. 

After DNC, Virginia Delegates Will Bring Obama's Charge Home

Virginia delegates to the Democratic National Convention are leaving the gathering fired up and ready to criscross the state on behalf of President Obama for the next two months. 

DNC 2012 Roundup: Obama: 'I'm Hopeful Because Of You'

President Obama provided a the grand finale for the Democratic National Convention Thursday, asking the delegates to help him win four more years in office. 

Door To Door: Springland Farm, D.C., And Pleasant Valley, Md.

This week, we visit the Northwest D.C. neighborhood of Springland Farm, and Pleasant Valley in Knoxville, Md.

Smithsonian Displays Mysterious Dagger From The Stars

We head to the Smithsonian's Freer and Sackler Galleries to check out a mysterious dagger forged from a meteorite that fell to earth from outer space.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Scoring Tweaked For DCPS Teacher Evaluations

The IMPACT evaluation tool was designed to evolve with time, and the DCPS are making changes which put less stock in student standardized test scores and now include teacher-selected goals.

D.C. Sees Its First West Nile Death

The first death resulting from the West Nile virus has been reported in the District — just the latest in a season that's fast becoming among the worst on record.

McAuliffe Puts Off Talk Of Virginia Gubernatorial Candidacy

Many consider Terry McAuliffe a shoe-in to run for the office of Virginia Governor as a Democrat, but at the DNC convention, he said that will wait until after the November election.

Arundel Mills Casino Dominates Maryland Gambling Revenue

The Maryland Live! casino continues to draw nearly three-quarters of the gambling revenue in the state, as numbers continue to decline at the state's other casinos.

As Strasburg's Season Wanes, A Debate On Inning Limits After Tommy John

Washington Nationals ace pitcher Stephen Strasburg's time on the mound is short this season, despite the team's likely appearance on the playoffs.  

D.C. Shelter Takes In Displaced Dogs From The Gulf Coast

The cleanup continues along the Gulf Coast after flooding from Hurricane Isaac, and a group of displaced pups from a ravaged area in Mississippi have taken up residence in an area shelter.

View From The Convention Floor: Virginia Rep. Gerry Connolly

Virginia's swing state status has made it a prime target at both political conventions. Virginia Democratic Congressman Gerry Connolly makes his pitch for why President Obama is the man to meet the needs of the commonwealth.