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Monday, May 23, 2011

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Baa-merica isn’t at all sheepish, Swampoodle is a place and a play, and Rethinking Arts Policy is an honest discussion.

CQ Roll Call: Obama Meets With Netanyahu, The Future Of Libya

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks about what to expect from Congress during President Obama's meeting tomorrow with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the bi-partisan efforts to address the on-going action in Libya, and what the status is on the annual defense debate.

Tanger Outlets To Open At National Harbor

A new high-end $100 million, 350,000-square-foot outlet mall will be built just off the Capital Beltway as part of the National Harbor Complex.

Number Of Homeless D.C. Families On The Rise

Activists involved in fighting homelessness are warning District government officials that proposed cuts in homeless services could take a serious toll on the homeless population in D.C.

D.C. Police Arrests Man For The Killing Of His Daughter Last Year

Following a six-month investigation, police over the weekend arrested 45-year-old Rodney J. McIntyre of southeast Washington, D.C.

USDA Hopes To Stem Spread Of Invasive Beetle

Federal authorities are asking campers to buy their firewood locally in an effort to stop the spread of an invasive beetle this Memorial Day weekend.

Man In Wheelchair Injured During Arrest By Metro Transit Police (VIDEO)

A graphic video posted Thursday on YouTube has caught the attention of thousands of viewers and has some people asking whether Metro Transit Police officers were justified in subduing a man who was in a wheelchair when they arrested him last week.

No Room For Compost Pile? No Problem.

Apartment-dwellers now have a composting option: a relatively new company in the area is willing to pick up table scraps and help transform them into soil for gardens.

Gas Prices Dip Slightly In D.C. Region

Some regional gas prices appear to be falling just one week before the Memorial Day travel weekend.

Led By Kegasus, Preakness Scores Big Crowd

It looks like the decision by Preakness organizers to turn the reins over to Kegasus -- the hard-partying mascot of the 2011 race -- was a smart bet.

Virginia Unemployment Rate Continues To Decline

Virginia's unemployment rate fell slightly in April and remains below the national average.

Citizenship Fair Aims To Help Undocumented Workers

Washington, D.C. is the second stop in a nationwide effort to get more immigrant workers to apply for citizenship ahead of the 2012 elections.

Deer Overpopulation Yields Disastrous Results For Forests

As an ever-rising population of white-tailed deer have bumped up against their human neighbors in the D.C. area, the results haven't been pretty. There were an estimated 88,000 deer-vehicle collisions in Virginia, Maryland, D.C., and Delaware last year.

Commentary By Ellen London: Saving Children’s Summer Programs

As the school year comes to a close, children and parents are gearing up for summer. But commentator Ellen London, president and CEO of the DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation says this year there will be fewer camps and activities to go around, and is urging the community to help out.

Commentary By Norman Allen: Making Theater Experiences More Affordable For All

In the District, theater groups are organizing to fight a 6 percent tax on ticket sales proposed by Mayor Vincent Gray. But Commentator Norman Allen, playwright and head of the English department at Cesar Chavez Public Charter High School, says actors and directors aren't the only ones who should be concerned.