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Monday, June 27, 2011

National HIV Testing Day In D.C.

Today is national HIV testing day, and activists in the District are hoping to bring in hundreds to get tested, and then keep the momentum going.

E. Coli Cases In Va. Prompt Talks Of Possible Outbreak

Local health officials say a a young Virginia girl who died from an E. coli infection is among 18 people in Virginia and Tennessee who have been infected with the bacteria over the past six weeks.

Local Lawmakers See Little Wiggle Room In Debt Ceiling Debate

This week President Obama is attempting to revive negotiations to raise the nation’s debt ceiling, and local lawmakers are acknowledging the tough road ahead for negotiators.

After Journalists' Arrests At Taxicab Commission, Council Eyes Overhaul

D.C.'s Attorney General is investigating why two reporters were arrested at a taxicab commission hearing last week, and now one council member wants to think about change.

Arrest Made In Caribbean Day Festival Shooting

Police are investigating a shooting near Saturday's Caribbean Festival in Columbia Heights that left one person dead, and three others injured. Terry Jiminez, 19, has been charged with second-degree murder.

New requirement alters the nature of environmental education in Maryland

Students are studying the life cycle of salamanders at the Audubon Society's Camp Woodend in Maryland.

Zookeepers Anxiously Await Possible Panda Birth

It's that time of year at the National Zoo -- all eyes are on Mei Xiang the Panda to see if she's going to give birth – or if she's even pregnant.

Water Main Work Closes A Lane On Canal Road Until September

The District's Water and Sewer Authority begins construction on a 48-inch water main today, which will close one eastbound lane of Canal Road until September.

Bethesda Home is Area's First Passive House

You may not think of your house as being active. But architect David Peabody says it probably is.

Caribbean Carnival Organizer Says Police Rushed Parade

D.C. Police say Saturday's fatal shooting that happened near the Caribbean Carnival Festival was gang-related and had nothing to do with the popular parade. Meanwhile, organizers of the festival have come forward to complain that police rushed the parade.

Tangier Islanders Retain Unique Dialect

Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay is only a 90-minute ferry ride from the mainland of Virginia and Maryland, but the dialect of English spoken there transports tourists to a place that feels much more remote.

Affidavit Says DNA Evidence Links Landeros To AU Professor's Murder

Agents with the FBI say they have DNA evidence which links a fugitive, now in Mexico, with the murder of a popular American University professor.

Consider This By Fred Fiske: Language

Before cable TV, the arbiters of language -- radio or TV newsmen such as Walter Cronkite, Edward R. Murrow, David Brinkley, Chet Huntley -- were the voices we heard when English was perfect, often because it was scripted. But rarely, even if it wasn't scripted, did we hear the mis-usages and the solecisms which are so common place today.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Nonprofits Use Creative Measures To Educate Teens About HIV/AIDS

Area nonprofits are using creative ways to educate teenagers in the District about HIV and AIDS.

1781 Occupation Of Williamsburg To Be Recreated

Hundreds of Revolutionary War re-enactors are recreating the 1781 occupation of Williamsburg by the British Army.

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