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Friday, September 21, 2012

D.C. Corrections Officers Warn Of Security Issues At City Jail

Corrections officers are raising concerns about safety and security at the D.C. jail after the company that runs the facility imposed massive layoffs, the officers say.

Bookend: Prosecutor-Turned-Novelist Works to Keep Pages Turning

In this month's Bookend, we chat with Allison Leotta, a former assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia who now spends her time writing fast-paced legal thrillers set in the nation's capital.

Artist Experiments With Portraits Of Random Strangers

Artist Nicole Bourgea has created 10 life-size oil paintings of random people she has met this year. On Oct. 1, she will place each portrait back at the location where she first saw the subject with a note: "If this is you, this painting is yours to take."

Eating In The Embassy: Guinean Embassy Brings West African Food To Washington

We continue our series featuring the cuisines of cultures around the world; this time, we swing by the Embassy of the Republic of Guinea to sample some gastronomic delights from West Africa.

Door to Door: Glenn Dale, Md., and Fairlington, Va.

This week, we visit Glenn Dale, Md., and Fairlington, Va.

'Mr. Teachbad' Channels Classroom Frustrations Into A Blog

A former D.C. public school teacher is channeling his frustrations into a scorcher of a blog known as "Mr. Teachbad: Where Teachers Laugh and Complain"

Xion's Story: Transgender Woman Tells Of Life On The Streets

Xion Unique Lopez was born a boy, but decided to leave home at 14 and live as a woman. She says that decision has given her freedom... but at a steep cost.

On the Coast: Food Banks In Tourist Towns Gear Up for Winter

As the cooler weather arrives and fewer tourists flock to the beach, many residents who work in seasonal jobs rely on food banks to keep food on the table.

Programs Imitate People In Experimental Eco-House

At a new experimental house run by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, software programs replicate the day-to-day activities of humans. The goal is to demonstrate that an energy-efficient house can be "net zero," not consuming more energy than it produces.

D.C.'s 'Marathon Man' Of Jazz Celebrates A Lifetime Of Making Music

Jazz legend Andrew White has spent a lifetime making up his own rules — both for making music, and for running his prolific one-man publishing company, "Andrew's Music," which turns 41 years old this month.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Arlington Judge To Retire, Raising Question Of Court Caseloads

scales of justice at alexandria circuit court

The contentious issue of circuit court caseloads has come up again with the news that Arlington Circuit Court judge Karen Heneber will retire next year.

Health Research At Risk From Sequestered Cuts

grad student at Johns Hopkins University

Automatic cuts from sequestration will affect more than just entitlements and the military — the National Institute of Health would be subject to $2.5 billion in cuts, which could stifle research.

Wells Proposing Tougher Rules For D.C. Lawmakers

Council member Tommy Wells is proposing tough ethics rules for members of the D.C. Council, some of which are sure to raise the ire of his colleagues in the Wilson Building.

Kaine, Allen Square Off At Fairfax County Debate

In a debate with fellow Senate candidate Tim Kaine Thursday, Republican George Allen distanced himself  from comments that presidential candidate Mitt Romney about the "47 percent" in a recently-released video.

Seven Of Top 10 Wealthiest Counties In D.C. Area

The D.C. area has weathered the economic downturn better than just about any area of the country, with area counties taking seven of the top 10 spots on the list of median incomes.