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Friday, September 2, 2011

D.C. Police Officer To Appear In Court For Shooting At Transgender Women

D.C. Police Officer Kenneth Furr will appear in court Friday to answer charges that he shot at five people inside a car, wounding two transgendered women and their male friend during an early morning altercation last week. Activists call it the latest evidence of homophobia and transgender phobia within the police department.

Maryland Nuclear Power Plant Under Federal Inspection

A nuclear power plant in Maryland is under federal inspection just days after recovering from Hurricane Irene.

National Cathedral Gets Safety Nets To Guard Against Debris

National Cathedral

Safety nets are being installed along the ceiling of the Washington National Cathedral to guard against falling debris after the building was damaged by an earthquake last week.

Moderate Muslims Honor 9/11 Victims With Blood Drive

An area muslim organization is holding a blood drive to honor 9/11 victims.
Next week, a Muslim group will hold a blood drive in the Washington area to honor those who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Commentary by Mike Tidwell: Saying "No" To The Tar Sands Pipeline

Mike Tidwell is the director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network -- and he says it's an especially appropriate time to consider our relationship to the environment.

Hidden Washington: Inside a Sewer Tunnel

They work in a place that's dark, dank, and occasionally dangerous. So how do the people who spend their 9 to 5 in the city's sewers feel about their jobs?

Talking Trash In Baltimore

One Baltimore retiree is on a quest to clean up his city's mini-landfills.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Muslim Organization Sponsors 9/11 Blood Drive

A Muslim organization is using the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks to collect thousands of pints of blood for use in hospitals across the country.

Lexington, Va. Leaders Consider Limits On Confederate Flag

Leaders in Lexington, Va. are considering limits on downtown flag-flying, including the Confederate flag, angering defenders of the divisive Southern symbol.

Gov. McDonnell: Record Va. Wine Sales in 2011

Virginia winery

Sales of wines crafted in the state of Virginia are at an all-time high, according to Governor Bob McDonnell.

Kennedy Center Starts Ticket Giveaway

As part of its 40th birthday celebration, the Kennedy Center is giving away free tickets to each performance in its 2011-2012 season.

Scientist Sweats It Out In Salt Marshes To Study Pollution's Effects On Shore Birds

They may not know it, but a flock of shore birds from Chincoteague, Va., are proving very useful for one environmentalist studying the effects of mercury pollution.

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