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Friday, August 5, 2011

Prince William Co. Files Second Lawsuit Against DHS

Leaders in Virginia's Prince William County already have one lawsuit pending against the federal Department of Homeland Security, and now they've filed another.

Gay Washington History: Q-And-A With Washington Blade Editor

Frank Kameny, a major pioneer of the gay rights movement, was featured in our underdogs show a few months back. Kameny started his fight for gay rights in the 1960s. At the end of the decade, in 1969, he saw the birth of the nation's first gay newspaper, the Washington Blade. Since its debut, the Blade has amassed thousands of photographs which its editors are just now beginning to digitize and archive online.

Animal Shelters Offer Adoption Deals During the Dog Days of Summer

Animal advocates are feeling the heat as shelters swell with pets.

Program Uses Theater To Educate Doctors About Treating Addiction

Academy Award-nominated actress Debra Winger is in D.C. this weekend to help educate health care providers through the Addiction Performance Project, which aims to get doctors to screen their patients for drug abuse.

Maryland Keeps AAA Bond Rating

Maryland will keep its AAA bond rating from the ratings agency Moody's Investors Service, according to an Associated Press report.

Youth Voices: Martine Gaetan

Some people pursue so-called "ideals of beauty" -- but at what price? Commentator Martine Gaetan recalls the struggle she had coming face-to-face with her self-image and accepting what she saw in the mirror.

CQ Roll Call: FAA Deal, Congress's Poor Approval Rating, Super Committee Picks

Congress had a busy week with the approval of a deal to raise the federal debt limit and cut the deficit, followed by a last minute agreement to pass a bill ending the partial closure of the FAA. CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing editor David Hawkings talks with WAMU Morning Edition Anchor Matt Bush about these actions, as well the abysmal approval rating numbers Congress received this week.

U.S. Job Numbers Up For July, But D.C.'s Unemployment Jumped In June

Amidst the turmoil in the economy over the last few years, many have viewed D.C. as one of the lone economic engines in the country. But new employment numbers suggest that could be changing.

Metro Maintenance To Delay Weekend Commute

Metro riders should expect to add extra time to their rail commute this weekend, as the next few days are shaping up to be quite busy for maintenance crews working on the tracks.

Teens Engage In Tough Talk About Impacts Of Unemployment

Youth leaders from organizations in the D.C. metropolitan area teamed up for a Community Educational Day about health and wellness issues.

Wildlife Center of Virginia Integral In Bald Eagle's Comeback

The Wildlife Center of Virginia has released six rehabilitated bald eagles back into the wild this year, contributing to the comeback of the United States' national bird.

Metro Loses Wages Fight With Union

Metro will be paying more than $100 million in back wages and pensions to unionized employees. The awards are the results of a three-year-long fight between the agency and one of its employees' unions.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

New Beltway Speed Cameras Target Construction Worker, Driver Safety

Drivers going at least 12 miles above the speed limit on a stretch of Southbound I-95 and I-495 in Prince George's County, Maryland will soon receive citations generated by automated cameras. The cameras are part of the state's SafeZones Program designed to improve safety in construction areas.

Scientists: Ozone-related Health Problems Will Get Worse With Climate Change

Climatologists say the recent heat wave in the D.C. area may be a glimpse of our future. Average temperatures in the U.S. have risen faster than usual over the past several decades, and this may create health problems.

Virginia To Address Liability Issues On Digital Credentials

Many companies and government agencies use digital credentials online to guard against fraud and identity thieves. But a state panel is grappling with the question of who should be liable if those credentials fall into the wrong hands.