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Friday, August 5, 2011

Teens Engage In Tough Talk About Impacts Of Unemployment

Youth leaders from organizations in the D.C. metropolitan area teamed up for a Community Educational Day about health and wellness issues.

Wildlife Center of Virginia Integral In Bald Eagle's Comeback

The Wildlife Center of Virginia has released six rehabilitated bald eagles back into the wild this year, contributing to the comeback of the United States' national bird.

Metro Loses Wages Fight With Union

Metro will be paying more than $100 million in back wages and pensions to unionized employees. The awards are the results of a three-year-long fight between the agency and one of its employees' unions.

In Anacostia, 'Ring Shouters' Break World Record

The Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum recently put together the first national exhibit on Gullah culture: the descendants of African slaves who live in the low country region of South Carolina and Georgia. To mark the end of that exhibit's stay in D.C., the museum invited Gullah leaders from across the country to participate in a tradition known as a ring shout.

D.C. Lotto To Hold Community Meetings Over Online Gaming

The District's push to become the first jurisdiction to allow state-sponsored, online gambling has hit a roadblock, in part because of lack of transparency with the process.

D.C. Leaders Eye No. 1 Slot in Green Power Competition

D.C. is currently number one on the Environmental Protection Agency's list of Green Power Communities. And District officials say they want city residents to join the fight to keep it that way.

At Impasse On Waterfront Plan, Alexandria Hires $25,000 Facilitator

In Virginia, city leaders in Alexandria have hired a facilitator to help craft a plan for three sites slated for redevelopment. The move comes after months of disagreement.

Religious Leaders Seek To Boost Faith In Sustainability

Across the region, religious leaders are preaching the gospel of green, and taking part in interfaith efforts to advance "creation care"

Gay Washington History: Q-And-A With Washington Blade Editor

Frank Kameny, a major pioneer of the gay rights movement, was featured in our underdogs show a few months back. Kameny started his fight for gay rights in the 1960s. At the end of the decade, in 1969, he saw the birth of the nation's first gay newspaper, the Washington Blade. Since its debut, the Blade has amassed thousands of photographs which its editors are just now beginning to digitize and archive online.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Wildlife Center Of Virginia Sets Rehabilitated Bald Eagle Into Wild

The Wildlife Center of Virginia has released a rehabilitated bald eagle back into the wild. A ceremony took place at Mason Neck State Park in Fairfax County to mark the event.

D.C. Offers Fugitives The Opportunity For 'Safe Surrender'

The District is offering people with outstanding warrants the chance to turn themselves in at the D.C. Superior Courthouse this month.

Va. Lawmakers Hope To Renew Offshore Drilling Effort This Fall

Virginia lawmakers are fighting for the state to get billions of dollars in revenue by allowing drilling off its coast, but the proposal is stalled in Congress and the state's congressional delegation still can't agree on whether to drill at all.

Person With Gun Reported At Virginia Tech

Update, 2:45 p.m.

Authorities have lifted the alert. Police will remain on campus the rest of the day.

Earlier this afternoon, campus authorities cancelled classes for the rest of the day at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., after juveniles on campus for a camp reported seeing a man possibly carrying a gun.

Police Release Video Of Serial Slasher Suspect

Police in Fairfax County have posted a video on YouTube that they hope will help them catch a man believed responsible for roughly half a dozen slashing attacks on young women.

Tuskegee Airmen Watch Plane's Final Flight

A piece of American history is about to fly into the Smithsonian, after its last flight over the Potomac River yesterday.

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