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Friday, March 23, 2012

Think Pink: New Breed Of Cherry Blossom Marks 100th Anniversary

The National Arboretum has created a new, pinker breed of cherry blossom for the 100th anniversary of the trees being planted in Washington.

D.C. Mayor's Budget Plan Won't Raise Taxes

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray will outline his proposed budget for the coming year today, and it's not expected to raise residents' taxes.

D.C. Gigs: The 'Voice Of God'

In this month's D.C. Gigs, we meet a "Voice of God": a professional announcer who makes the announcements you hear at galas and conferences in the nation's capital.

American Graduate: Going Beyond The Classroom's Four Walls To Prevent Dropouts

In the latest in our American Graduate series, we find out what school officials are doing to keep tabs on students during the hours when they're not in the classroom.

The Location: From Hell's Bottom To Murder Bay To Bloodfield

In the years following the Civil War, the District was so lawless that the city was full of unsavory-sounding neighborhoods, such as Hell's Bottom and Murder Bay.

Door To Door: Glover Park, D.C. And Hope Park, Va.

This week, we visit Hope Park, Va., and the Northwest D.C. neighborhood of Glover Park.

From Brownfield To Superfund Site: Baltimore's Sauer Dump

What does it mean for a community when the EPA declares a part of your neighborhood a Superfund site?

Prince George's County Cracks Down On Illegal Drag Racing

Four years after a deadly drag-racing crash, Prince George's County officials say new rules have been slowing down aggressive drivers.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Suicide Rates In Montgomery County Below Average

It's not only the usual list of things for a county to be proud of, but Montgomery County has the distinction of having an especially low suicide rate compared to the national average, though awareness could improve.

JOBS Act Moves Forward, Despite Local Resistance

Senate lawmakers passed a modified version of the JOBS Act on Thursday over the objections of many of the region's centers, who say the Senate should have different priorities.

Finally, Compromise On Virginia's State Budget

Some were predicting that the budget stand-off in Virginia would last for months, but it appears as though a two-year, $85 billion deal has been reached in the State Senate.

Pregnant D.C. Stabbing Victim Loses Unborn Child

A woman in Southeast D.C. who was the victim of a stabbing in her home overnight lost her baby this afternoon.

VIDEO: Producing WAMU 88.5's American Graduate Series

WAMU 88.5 education reporter Kavitha Cardoza and Ginger Moored talk about the research and reporting process behind the American Graduate series.

Students In Northwest D.C. Break Ground On 'People's Garden'

Students at Bell Multicultural High School will be putting in the work, as well as reaping the rewards, as they learn what it takes to make a garden successful.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Analysis: Balancing Federal Retirees And Budget Cuts

In the coming years, a wave of federal retirees will strain government balance sheets. Government Executive's Amanda Palleschi discusses some attempts to address the growing liability.