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Monday, August 8, 2011

DCPS Needs Volunteers To 'Beautify' Schools

D.C. Public Schools is asking volunteers to sign up for Beautification Day on August 20. It's part of an effort to get buildings ready for the first day of school.

Seniors Beat The Heat With Art And Other Workshops

In the midst of a record-breaking heat wave, some people who might not have a place to cool off are finding refuge in Woodley Park and Tenleytown. And some D.C. residents over 60 are taking a break at an indoor art workshop.

Volunteers To Help Sea Turtles

This is the time of year when endangered sea-turtle nests are hatching, and volunteers in Virginia are trying to make sure hatchlings survive.

Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge Burning

Efforts to contain a fire in the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge have been thwarted by high temperatures, low humidity and winds. Refuge officials say the fire has spread to more than 1,000 acres since it was reported last Thursday.

Washington Adventist Hospital Brings Move Proposal Before Health Board

Officials from Washington Adventist Hospital in Montgomery County will go before state regulators today seeking approval to move from its Takoma Park home to a site near White Oak.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Verizon Workers On Strike Over Health Care And Pension Benefits

From Virginia to Massachusetts tens of thousands of Verizon employees are striking over a contract dispute.

Ragged Mountain Reservoir To Move Forward In Virginia

The proposed new dam at Ragged Mountain Reservoir has taken a step forward.

Six Metro Stations Closed, Major Delays Continue

Four stations on the Red Line, and two on the Blue Line are closed today for track work, and that could mean delays of up to 45 minutes.

Non-profit Group Sets Out To Save D.C.'s Trees

Public trees in urban settings can be under a lot of stress from lack of water, damage by cars and pedestrians, and even neglect once they are planted. So a group of volunteers are using their time to care for public trees on a historic street in the District.

USS Radford's Sinking Could Be Delayed Again

The Atlantic coast will soon have the largest artificial reef of its kind when the 563-foot USS Radford is sunk 30 miles off the coast of Ocean City Md., but the big event is in jeopardy of being delayed for the second time in as many weeks.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

HIV Infections Have Stabilized In U.S., But Black Males Still At High Risk

HIV infections in America have stabilized over the past three years, according to a new study by the Federal Center For Disease Control. However, there's still one group that remains at high risk.

Algae In The Potomac Causing Skin Irritation And Nausea

Maryland health officials say potentially toxic blue-green algae has been found in the mouth of the Mattawoman Creek near Indian Head and the Potomac River, south of the creek, and they are urging residents to avoid swimming and other water contact in the area.

Cuccinnelli Publicizes Programs That Help Elderly And Veterans

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinnelli has been busy with two high-profile federal cases: lawsuits over the healthcare mandate and greenhouse gas emissions.

Program Uses Theater To Promote Drug Abuse Screening

Actress Debra Winger is in Washington, D.C. this weekend to help educate health care providers through the Addiction Performance Project, which aims to promote drug abuse screening at the doctor's office.

Animal Shelters Swell During Summer Swelter

For animal shelters, the dog days of summer have a special meaning.

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