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Friday, May 11, 2012

D.C. Employee Pleads Guilty To Criminal Fraud In Unemployment Scheme

A D.C. employee accused of collecting unemployment checks while employed by the city has pleaded guilty to the first criminal charges to be connected to the scandal.


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Door To Door: Woodridge, D.C. And Del Ray, Va.

This week, we visit Woodridge in Northeast D.C., and Del Ray in Alexandria, Va.

Foster Mom Opens Doors To D.C.'s Youth

With Mother's Day approaching, we talk with a D.C. foster mom about why she's spent 16 years opening her home to some of the city's neediest kids.

Meet Arena Stage's 'Youth Wrangler'

Alexandria Wood serves as the shepherd, wrangler and cheerleader to child actors at D.C.'s Arena Stage.

Kaya Henderson: Big Plans For D.C. Public Schools

DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson talks about her ambitious plans to get more District kids to come to school and graduate.

Kenilworth Seeks A Place For Kids To Play

A piece of land in Northeast D.C. once served as the city dump before a recreation center was built on the site. That rec center has since been torn down, and residents say neighborhood kids are badly in need of a place to play and hang out.

Being Gay And Republican In The Nation's Capital

With the headlines full of national debate over same-sex marriage, what is it like to be gay and Republican right now, especially in a Democratic-leaning city such as Washington, D.C.?

From A To B: Families Try To Bring Back Walking, Biking To School

A generation ago, many American kids walked or biked to work. Now, some families are trying to revive that tradition.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Alexandria Planning Document Sparks Controversy

An Alexandria small-area plan is raising concerns about that the city is displacing poor residents for the sake of high-end housing and commercial real estate.

DWI Charge Dropped For Former FAA Chief

A judge dropped the charges against the former chief for the Federal Aviation Administration, who resigned after being arrested for a DWI in December.

House GOP Votes To Shift Pentagon Cuts To Social Programs

Republicans in the House voted Thursday to replace deep budget cuts expected to hit the Pentagon after the failure of the super committee onto social programs like food stamps and federal pensions.

Residents Wary Of Costco Gas Station In Wheaton

Residents in Montgomery County are pushing for legislation that will require a proposed Costco gas station to be built at least one thousand feet from homes and recreation areas.

DCPS Ranks Last On National Report Card

Of the 52 jurisdictions scored in the National Report Card, which tests eight-grade students' knowledge and abilities in science, D.C. schools came in last place.

Man Gets Life For Maryland Trooper Murder

Cyril Williams, convicted of killing Maryland state trooper Wesley Brown in June 2010, has been sentenced to life in prison plus 25 years, with no possibility of parole.