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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Occupy DC Protesters Found Guilty Of Refusing Police Order

A judge has found 11 former Occupy DC protesters guilty for failing to heed a police order to get down from a wooden structure built in McPherson Square.

Chesapeake Cleanup Survives Cuts To Senate Farm Bill

The Senate passed its version of the farm bill on Thursday, and funding to clean up the Chesapeake Bay was preserved amidst $23 billion in cuts.

D.C. Nursing Home Company Asked To Return $2M

A report by the D.C. Inspector General prompted calls from the D.C. Council for a company that runs two area nursing homes to return more than $2 million in District funds.

Englin Resigns From Virginia House In Wake Of Sex Scandal

Virginia Democratic delegate David Englin has announced his resignation Thursday, in order to coordinate a special election for his replacement with the November election.

Board Approves Nine Projects For Disabled D.C. Commuters

The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board

Maryland Casino Plan Scrapped, But Only For This Year

A plan for a casino in Prince George's County's National Harbor was scrapped for this year after a workgroup failed to reach a consensus, but backers expect to approach the idea again next year.

D.C. Heat Approaches Record Thursday

District residents are urged to stay cool and keep hydrated, as the heat wave hitting the east coast pushes temperatures toward record levels approaching 100 degrees.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Moonlighters Make Side Gigs Into Full-Time Jobs

When it comes to passion projects, most people must choose financial security over their side gigs. But once in awhile, a part-time pursuit becomes a full-blown career.

Maryland High School Student Moonlights As Novelist

Andrew Grant began writing on a lark last summer. But the teen kept writing, and now has a 327-page novel.

New Restaurateur Doubles As Capitol Hill Aide

Laura Schiller balances her role as chief of staff to U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer with her new role as co-owner of Unum, a restaurant in Georgetown.

Door To Door: Fort Lincoln, D.C. And Glen Echo, Md.

This week, we visit Fort Lincoln in Northeast D.C., and Glen Echo, Md.

Why We Love Music: A Harmonica-Playing Elephant Explains

An elephant at the National Zoo has been moonlighting as a musician, thanks to her surprising harmonica skills.

Washingtonian Parents By Day, Rock 'n' Rollers By Night

A few years ago, several groups of D.C. Public School parents formed bands. These days, they're still rocking, and say making music helps them escape the stresses of everyday life.

A Strategist Balances Partisan Politics And Artistic Anarchy

Peter Loge lives a life of contrasts, dividing his time between political consulting and making abstract art.

A Moonlighting Matchmaker Juggles Multiple Roles

Mirah Horowitz is a matchmaker. In her day job, she matches high-level executives with top employers. In her weekend gig, she matches rescue dogs with adoptive and foster families.