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Friday, August 5, 2011

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.

In Anacostia, 'Ring Shouters' Break World Record

The Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum recently put together the first national exhibit on Gullah culture: the descendants of African slaves who live in the low country region of South Carolina and Georgia. To mark the end of that exhibit's stay in D.C., the museum invited Gullah leaders from across the country to participate in a tradition known as a ring shout.

D.C. Lotto To Hold Community Meetings Over Online Gaming

The District's push to become the first jurisdiction to allow state-sponsored, online gambling has hit a roadblock, in part because of lack of transparency with the process.

D.C. Leaders Eye No. 1 Slot in Green Power Competition

D.C. is currently number one on the Environmental Protection Agency's list of Green Power Communities. And District officials say they want city residents to join the fight to keep it that way.

At Impasse On Waterfront Plan, Alexandria Hires $25,000 Facilitator

In Virginia, city leaders in Alexandria have hired a facilitator to help craft a plan for three sites slated for redevelopment. The move comes after months of disagreement.

Religious Leaders Seek To Boost Faith In Sustainability

Across the region, religious leaders are preaching the gospel of green, and taking part in interfaith efforts to advance "creation care"

The Arc Of Greater PW County Looks To Expand

The Arc of Greater Prince William County, a nonprofit providing care for developmentally and physically disabled citizens, says it needs to expand to meet growing community needs.

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.

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.

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.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Police Release Video Of Serial Slasher Suspect

Police in Fairfax County have posted a video on YouTube that they hope will help them catch a man believed responsible for roughly half a dozen slashing attacks on young women.

Tuskegee Airmen Watch Plane's Final Flight

A piece of American history is about to fly into the Smithsonian, after its last flight over the Potomac River yesterday.

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