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Friday, December 2, 2011

Northern Va. Dems Fighting New Eminent Domain Law

Democrats in Northern Virginia are hoping to derail an amendment to the state constitution that would limit eminent domain, but it's likely to be a tough fight.

Activists Say Walmart's Environmental Policies Incomplete


D.C. environmental activists are dismissing Walmart's sustainability proposal as "greenwashing," that doesn't address of its effects on communities and distracts residents from unsavory labor practices.

Pew Study Shows Rise In Religious Lobbying

Maureen Fiedler of Interfaith Voices interviews Allen Hertzke about a Pew Forum report on the fivefold increase in the amount of money being spent by religious groups on lobbying in Washington since 1970.

Your Letters

Listeners respond to some of our latest segments, including Our Lady of the Highways and a story about hard-working teachers.

Door To Door: Nairn/Hermitage, Md. And Hollin Hills, Va.

This week, we visit the Nairn-Hermitage area of Silver Spring, Md., and Hollin Hills, Va.

Evolution And Paths Cut Short

Scientists say 99.9% of all creatures that once roamed the earth have gone extinct... but why?

The Location: A 16th Street Mansion With A Tragic Tale

In this month's edition of our series The Location, blogger Kim Bender talks about the 16th Street mansion that was once home to a prominent society belle, and how her tragic end took place not far from the steps of her beloved home.

Reviving A Neighborhood Nearly Forgotten

The story of Truxton Circle has been nearly forgotten, but now some residents are trying to revive their community's original name.

From A To B: The History Of Highways Never Built

Earlier transportation proposals would have put major highways right through the heart of D.C., but somewhere along the way, those plans never came to be.

"Unbuilt Washington": The City That Never Was (But Might Have Been)

A new exhibit displays early proposals for some of Washington's most famous monuments and memorials.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

MoCo Council To Vote On Teen Curfew Bill Tuesday

After months of deliberation, the Montgomery County Council is expected to vote on the controversial teen curfew bill next Tuesday.

Report: Army Used Poor Data For BRAC Traffic Assessment

A new report showing that the Army used suspect data in its assessment of the effects of the implementation of Base Realignment and Closure on traffic, angering area lawmakers.

Cuccinelli To Run For Governor

Virginia attorney general Ken Cuccinelli is expected to be in the running to replace Governor Bob McDonnell when his term is up in 2013, according to reports.

Lincoln Biopic: Film Incentives Often Not Worth Cost

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While residents are excited about seeing Spielberg's Lincoln shot in Richmond, Va., one economist questions the extent of the economic benefit the film brings.

Obamas On Hand For National Christmas Tree Lighting

The first family was on-hand for the 89th lighting of the National Christmas Tree at the White House.