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Friday, July 15, 2011

Don't Feed Metro's Escalators With Flip-Flops

Every year approximately three dozen flip-flops are "eaten up" by escalators. Metro's been having escalator problems, and it's reminding riders not to make the problem worse.

D.C. Biodiesel Entrepreneur Sees Fuel's Future In Fryer Grease

For one District resident, a search for a new charge in life led him to an environmental quest to help convert vehicles to biodiesel fuel.

Manassas Businesses Pin Hopes on Civil War Sesquicentennial

The Civil War started with the First Battle of Manassas. Next week, the town commemorates the 150th anniversary of the battle, and this could bring a lot more attention to city than it has received in generations.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

The Great American Hall of Wonders, crafty ancients from Iran, a school year document and all that jazz.

Police Investigate More Vandalism In Montgomery County

Vandals have struck again in Montgomery County, Md., in an incident that smacks of another one earlier this week.

CQ Roll Call: Debt Limit Negotiations, Calif. Special Election, Congressional Baseball Game

The clock is ticking for the White House and Congressional leaders as they attempt to reach a compromise over the nation's debt crisis. WAMU Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey talks with David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, about the ongoing negotiations, the results of a special election last week in California, and the outcome of the annual Congressional baseball game held July 14.

DCPS Issues More Than 400 Layoff Notices To Teachers And Staff

D.C. Public School employees will receive their evaluations or what's called IMPACT scores today, and 413 employees will receive termination letters. The majority of those employees are teachers.

School Bus Drivers To Compete In Maryland

The top school bus drivers from the U.S. and Canada will be in Maryland this weekend for a safety competition.

Report Finds Housing Discrimination Still Plagues D.C.

The District of Columbia needs to do more to fight racial discrimination in housing and to distribute affordable housing more evenly throughout the city, according to a report released Thursday by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

D.C. Appropriations Bill Heads To House Floor With Restrictions On Funding

The Obama administration is opposing Congress's efforts to restrict funding for needle exchange and abortions for poor women in the District of Columbia.

A D.C. Eviction Raises Questions About Rights Of Renters

The eviction of a family of immigrants from a house in the Bloomingdale neighborhood in Northwest D.C. is raising questions about the rights of renters in the District.

D.C. Celebrates Bastille Day With French Maid Race And Other Festivities

It's Bastille Day - that means parties and celebrations across the city for holiday celebrating the French revolution. ?

Bicycle Crashes Increase In Fairfax County

Crashes involving bicycles are up in Fairfax County, according to new statistics.

Alexandria Considers Eminent Domain

For the last one hundred years, the Old Dominion Boat Club has occupied a valuable spot of real estate at the foot of King Street in Old Town Alexandria. Now Boat Club member Bert Ely says the club is worried that some of that land might be taken by the city of Alexandria.

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