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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

More Than 4,000 People Attend D.C. Job Fair

The latest unemployment report shows the District's unemployment rate has climbed above 10 percent, and today, more than 4,000 out-of-work residents attended a job fair in downtown DC.

New Targets For Crabs Mean Protections Remain

New federal targets for blue crabs mean crabbing limits in Maryland and Virginia will remain in place.

Reenactors To Mark 150th Anniversary Of Antietam Civil War Battle

Around 4,000 reenactors will take part in festivities marking the 150th anniversary next year of two Civil War battles fought in Maryland.

MPD Officer In Charge Of Police Escorts Demoted

The commander of the special operations division for D.C.'s police department says he's been demoted, according to an Associated Press report.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Talking With Poet Sonia Sanchez

When poet Sonia Sanchez performs her work, she doesn't just read her poetry. She sings, she moves, she stutters and chants, and she uses her poetry to tell emotional stories about tough social issues.

Fatal Truck Fire Closes I-95 Northbound Overnight

A devastating crash involving a tractor trailer shut down the Interstate 95 northbound lanes near Lorton, Va. early this morning. Two of those lanes were reopened by 7:30 a.m.

Prince William Co. Police Investigating Taser Death

Police in Prince William County are investigating the circumstances surrounding a man who died after being shocked with a Taser by police.

Verizon Employees To Demonstrate In Silver Spring

Hundreds of Verizon employees from across the region are gathering in Silver Spring this afternoon to demonstrate against the company after contract negotiations fell apart this weekend.

Nats' Strasburg Makes First Minor League Start Since Surgery

Washington Nationals' star pitcher Stephen Strasburg has been out of commission since he underwent elbow surgery in September. He's finally ready to start his comeback, and a crowd of fans at a minor league game Sunday got a glimpse of what's to come from the 23-year-old ace.

D.C. Tennis Tournament Showcases More Than Superstars

D.C.'s premiere tennis tournament, the Legg Mason Tennis Classic, wrapped up over the weekend and the tournament's goals reach beyond a showcase of world class tennis talent.

Teen Says 'Trouble Just Seems To Find Me'

For young people with little to keep them busy during the summer months in D.C., staying out of trouble sometimes can be easier said than done. Two teens currently participating in a support and rehabilitation program for teenage offenders talk about what led them to break the law.

Maryland's First Solar Tracking Electric Vehicle Charger Opens In Bethesda

Montgomery County is now home to the state's first solar tracking electric vehicle charger. State officials and alternative energy advocates gathered in Bethesda this morning to show off the latest advancement in Maryland's march toward clean renewable energy.

Consider This By Fred Fiske: Teachers

It's been a long time since I've looked at it, but among my memorabilia in my desk drawers is a document that licenses me to teach speech and English in the New York City high schools. As a matter of fact, if it had not been for a snap decision I made in 1947 on a train ride from Lexington, Ky. to New York, to hop off the train in Washington, I might have spent my life as a teacher, rather than as a broadcaster.

Verizon Workers On Strike, Rallied In Silver Spring

Hundreds of Verizon workers participated in a boisterous rally outside of one of the company's facilities in Silver Spring, Md. today.

DCPS Needs Volunteers To 'Beautify' Schools

D.C. Public Schools is asking volunteers to sign up for Beautification Day on August 20. It's part of an effort to get buildings ready for the first day of school.

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