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Friday, June 8, 2012

LGBT Teens Face Severe Challenges, Report Finds

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender teenagers growing up in America face more challenges in nearly every aspect of their lives than straight teens, according to a new report from the Human Rights Campaign. 

Same-Sex Marriage Advocates Prep For Battle In Maryland

Advocates for upholding Maryland's new law allowing same-sex marriage are readying their resources for a fight should opponents succeed in forcing a referendum on the measure. 

Kwame Brown Pleads Guilty To Bank Fraud, Campaign Finance Charge

Embattled former D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown has pleaded guilty to felony bank fraud as well as a campaign finance violation stemming from his 2008 campaign.

Door to Door: Dupont Circle, D.C. & Lynhaven, Va.

This week, we visit D.C.'s Dupont Circle and the Lynhaven neighborhood of Alexandria, Va.

Old D.C. Housing Projects Give Way To New

Public housing residents talk about how their lives are changing as old subsidized apartment blocks make way for new kinds of dwellings.

New Book Explores The 'Wicked' Ways Of Capitol Hill

We tour Capitol Hill with a guide who's written a new book about the neighborhood's most titillating tales and sinful scandals.

An Arts Leader Lifts the Baton One Last Time

More than 45 years after founding the Washington Choral Arts Society, Norman Scribner is preparing for his final performance on June 13.

From Tim To Sarah: AU Student Body President Unveils Big News

For most of this past academic year, students at American University knew their student body president as Tim McBride. But by the time McBride's term was done, "Tim" had become "Sarah." We hear the story of how McBride came out as transgender to family and friends.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Celebrating Two Centuries Of Dickens

Charles Dickens was born 200 years ago this year, and while he is perhaps best known for his more popular novels, the man and his work went much deeper than that.

Group Works To Restore Adams Morgan Mural

A small group of enthusiastic residents are pushing to save and restore an Adam's Morgan mural with a decades-old history for the area's Latino community.

Montgomery County Planning Board Considers Costco Gas Station

A Costco "mega" gas station in Wheaton has drawn the ire of residents concerned with its proximity to their community, and a Montgomery County planning board is considering restrictions on where such structures can be built.

'Playing Politics' With Interest Rates On Student Loans

Federal interest rates on student loans are set to double on July 1, unless Congress takes action. Area Republicans claim President Obama is playing politics with legislation aimed at ensuring that doesn't happen.

D.C. Council Limits Reach Of Secure Communities

The controversial federal immigration program called Secure Communities remains the object of controversy in D.C., after the city council voted to limit the duration of detention for illegal immigrants.

Most Virginians Say Gay Marriage Not Deciding Issue

While Virginia remain divided over the issue of gay marriage, a new poll from Quinnipiac University shows that for a majority of residents of the Commonwealth, it won't influence their presidential vote.

D.C. Man Pleads Guilty To Running Online Prostitution Ring

A D.C. man has pleaded guilty to racketeering charges after taking in more than $1.8 million operating an online prostitution ring in the area.