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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Seniors Beat the Heat With Free Indoor 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.

Striking Verizon Workers Threaten Ongoing Protests

Verizon workers from across the region are preparing for a long, heated battle with their company.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Maryland's First Solar Tracking Electric Vehicle Charger Opens In Bethesda

Montgomery County is now home to the state's first solar tracking electric vehicle charger. State officials and alternative energy advocates gathered in Bethesda this morning to show off the latest advancement in Maryland's march toward clean renewable energy.

Verizon Workers On Strike, Rallied In Silver Spring

Hundreds of Verizon workers participated in a boisterous rally outside of one of the company's facilities in Silver Spring, Md. today.

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.

Maryland Stepping Up Efforts To Target Aggressive Drivers

Maryland law enforcement agencies are targeting aggressive drivers this week.

Sinkhole Closes Roads, Evacuates Apartments In Arlington

A collapsed retaining wall on a construction site caused major traffic issues this morning and led to the evacuation of a nearby apartment building in Rosslyn late last night, according to NBC Washington.

CQ Roll Call: Fight Keeps Congress In Washington, Criticism On S&P Downgrade, Former Sen. Mark Hatfield's Legacy

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks about the latest on Capitol Hill including why Congress isn’t on really on recess this month and the legacy left by former Sen. Mark Hatfield (R-Ore.), who died on Sunday.

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.

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