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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Virginia To Decide How To Fund Next Year's Unemployment Benefits

Virginia owes $20.2 million in interest to the federal government on money borrowed to fund extended unemployment benefits. The state must now decide how to fund next year's unemployment benefits, and their decision could impact employers who pay into the trust fund.

Surfing Organization Helps Raise Autism Awareness in Ocean City

In Maryland, more than a hundred autistic children gathered on the beach in Ocean City this week to experience the feeling of catching a wave thanks to the organization, Surfer's Healing.

Zoo Experiment Sheds New Light on Animal Intelligence

The National Zoo's Don Moore says people often have the wrong idea about elephants. They’re a lot smarter than we think.

Chain Bridge Closed This Weekend

The Chain Bridge connecting Northern Virginia and the District is closed this weekend for repair work.

Friday, August 19, 2011

9/11 Ride Makes Its Way Through Northern Virginia

The motorcycle tribute to 9/11 victims is making its way through Northern Virginia.

Georgetown Basketball Team And Chinese Team Attempt To Reconcile After Brawl

A day after getting into a brawl that ended an exhibition game in Beijing, the Georgetown men's basketball team and a Chinese team attempted to bury the hatchet.

Elephant At National Zoo Can Solve Problems

Over in the Zoo's elephant house, Kandula is busy bowing and curtsying to a trainer's commands.

Montgomery Co. Firefighters To Climb 110 Floors To Honor 9/11 First Responders

As part of a commemoration of the 9/11 terrorist attacks tomorrow, firefighters in Montgomery County will climb 110 stories -- the height of the twin towers.

Two Virginia Editorial Cartoonists' Thoughts On The Industry

Maybe it's the first page you turn to when you open a newspaper, or the first link you click on as you check the paper online. Editorial cartoons get people talking, but fewer and fewer newspapers are employing cartoonists full time, as dwindling circulations lead to layoffs.

Virginia's In-Person Absentee Primary Voting Deadline Is Tomorrow

The deadline is approaching for voters in Virginia who want to cast in-person absentee ballots for Tuesday's primary elections.

WaPo's McCartney: Cuccinelli's Possible Senate Run, Cantor's Endorsements For 2012, Montgomery County's Teen Curfew Proposal Reignites After 7-Eleven Flash Mob

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney offers an analysis on some of this week's about top stories including Ken Cuccinelli's possible Senate seat run, Eric Cantor's endorsement from George Allen, and the fate of Montgomery County’s proposed teen curfew.

Major Weekend Track Work, Expect Weekend Delays

Weekend Metro riders should expect delays yet again this weekend, as track work continues on the Red, Blue and Orange Lines.

Georgetown Basketball Players Brawl With Chinese Team

Georgetown's men's basketball team is regrouping after a "friendship" game against a Chinese professional squad in Beijing devolved into a violent fracas.

Still No ID On Anacostia River Spill Substance

Federal and state officials are still scratching their heads over the source of this week's pollution in the Anacostia river.

Prepare For Traffic During Today's 9/11 Motorcycle Ride

A memorial motorcycle ride in remembrance of 9/11 victims is set to roll through the D.C. metro area later today, tying up this evening's commute.

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