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Friday, June 29, 2012

Comedian Rachel Feinstein Returns To D.C.

Bethesda native comedian Rachel Feinstein is returning to the area to perform at the Riot Act Comedy Theater in the District.

Jellygeddon? After Warm Spring, Jellyfish Count May Soar This Summer

Swimmers beware: experts are predicting that the jellyfish population in the Chesapeake Bay could be especially high this year.

Staffer Stole From D.C. Council Member's Campaign Fund

A campaign staffer for D.C. Council member Michael Brown has been stealing from his boss's campaign fund.

Local Lawmakers Look Ahead After SCOTUS Health Care Ruling

Supporters of the Affordable Care Act were rejoicing after the Supreme Court ruling this week, but lawmakers in Virginia are still trying to sort out exactly what this will mean for Medicaid in the state.

Bookend: Scoping Out The D.C. Literary Scene With Kim Roberts

In the first edition of our new monthly series, Bookend, we talk with D.C. poet Kim Roberts about what it means to be a writer in the nation's capital.

New Fringe Show Asks: Will You Be My BFF?

We check out BFF, a new Capital Fringe Festival show designed for one audience member at a time.

The Location: American Artist Declares Independence, Creates The Peacock Room

In our latest edition of The Location, Kim Bender shares the tale of James McNeill Whistler's declaration of artistic independence, and the consequences thereof.

Local Residents Remember Summers Gone By

We hear Washingtonians' memories of a time when summer meant long road trips, ice-cold popsicles, and leisurely days spent roaming the neighborhood with friends.

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D.C. Couples Ponder Changing Attitudes Toward Interracial Dating

A new study finds that, as a nation, we are increasingly choosing to marry partners of a race that's different than our own. But here in the District, some daters say there are still major obstacles to meeting a potential partner of a different race.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Cuccinelli: Health Care Decision Defines Limit Of Federal Power

While he was disappointed the Affordable Care Act wasn't overturned, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli  sees a silver lining in it for those who advocate restraints on federal power.

Analysis: Implementing The Affordable Care Act In Maryland, Virginia

The Supreme Court voted to uphold the Affordable Care Act, leaving states open to implement it. Andy Hyman of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation explains the steps Virginia and Maryland will have to take moving forward.

Local Naval Academy Grad Among AT&T National Leaders

Local resident and Naval Academy grad Billy Hurley III was among the leaders in the AT&T National at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda Thursday, shooting 2-under.

Forest Fire Fills Area With Smoky Smell

Across the D.C. area, residents have called fire departments reporting a smoky smell. Fire departments report that fires in the far-away Shenandoah forests may actually be responsible.

Virginia Leaders Disagree With Ruling, Even As They Prepare To Follow

Virginia's Republican governor and attorney general offered strong reactions to the Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act Thursday, even as they prepare to adhere to the court's decision.

Maryland Reacts To Supreme Court's Decision On Health Care

Maryland Democrats claimed victory after today's Supreme Court ruling on President Obama's health care reform bill as Governor Martin O'Malley heralded the state's efforts to implement the law so far.