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Monday, August 8, 2011

Talking With Poet Sonia Sanchez

When poet Sonia Sanchez performs her work, she doesn't just read her poetry. She sings, she moves, she stutters and chants, and she uses her poetry to tell emotional stories about tough social issues.

Fatal Truck Fire Closes I-95 Northbound Overnight

A devastating crash involving a tractor trailer shut down the Interstate 95 northbound lanes near Lorton, Va. early this morning. Two of those lanes were reopened by 7:30 a.m.

Prince William Co. Police Investigating Taser Death

Police in Prince William County are investigating the circumstances surrounding a man who died after being shocked with a Taser by police.

Verizon Employees To Demonstrate In Silver Spring

Hundreds of Verizon employees from across the region are gathering in Silver Spring this afternoon to demonstrate against the company after contract negotiations fell apart this weekend.

Nats' Strasburg Makes First Minor League Start Since Surgery

Washington Nationals' star pitcher Stephen Strasburg has been out of commission since he underwent elbow surgery in September. He's finally ready to start his comeback, and a crowd of fans at a minor league game Sunday got a glimpse of what's to come from the 23-year-old ace.

D.C. Tennis Tournament Showcases More Than Superstars

D.C.'s premiere tennis tournament, the Legg Mason Tennis Classic, wrapped up over the weekend and the tournament's goals reach beyond a showcase of world class tennis talent.

Teen Says 'Trouble Just Seems To Find Me'

For young people with little to keep them busy during the summer months in D.C., staying out of trouble sometimes can be easier said than done. Two teens currently participating in a support and rehabilitation program for teenage offenders talk about what led them to break the law.

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.

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