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Monday, April 25, 2011

Consider This With Fred Fiske: Jobs

Like you, I've made some bad decisions in my lifetime. But one of the best decisions I've made was in 1947, when I was offered jobs in Washington, Baltimore and Philadelphia, and I chose to come to Washington.

Arlington Shifts Philosophy For Troubled Children

For years, Arlington County, Va. has shipped troubled juveniles to congregate care facilities -- some of them as far away as Massachusetts. But according to the county's Child and Family Services Division, that approach is not working.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Food is glorious, love is interrupted, and YACHT is a band.

Managing A Child's Weight Becomes A Family's Journey

One in every three children in the United States is overweight or obese, with significant numbers facing health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. But how do these national statistics play out in a family? The Freedmans from Olney, Md., say knowing their daughter had a problem was the easy part -- getting help was quite another.

Va. Governor Weighs In On Dulles Metro Controversy

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has sent a letter to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, calling on it to reconsider its recent vote to pursue a tunnel for the stop at Dulles Airport.

U.S. Supreme Court: Va.'s Health Care Suit Can't Be Expedited

The U.S. Supreme Court says it will not allow Virginia's lawsuit against the new health care law to skip the normal appeals process.

Stabbing At The National Zoo Reportedly Under Investigation

WASHINGTON (AP) A stabbing has been reported at the National Zoo in Washington, which had been hosting an Easter celebration for black families. D.C. fire department spokesman Pete Piringer says rescuers were called to Connecticut Avenue near the zoo for a stabbing late Monday afternoon.

Funeral Services Underway For Former Maryland Governor

Former Gov. William Donald Schaefer was a giant in Maryland politics, but it was his touch with common people that was remembered most by those who walked past his casket in the state house in Annapolis Monday morning, many of whom were current or former state workers.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Vegan Bake Sale Fights Misconceptions

There are many vegan bake sales in the region next week. In fact, they’re taking place all over the world thanks to the idea of one local man.

Charges Made In Violent McDonald's Beating

In a statement release this weekend, franchise owner Mitchell McPherson says he was shocked and disturbed by the beating inside his McDonald’s restaurant located in Rosedale, Md.

Judge To Rule Montgomery County Labor Dispute

Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Robert Greenberg says he plans to issue a ruling Monday in a dispute between the county and a public employee's union.

Jewish, Muslim Passover Celebration Unites Religions

Passover is an ancient Jewish holiday, but an interfaith event in Northern Virginia is putting a modern spin on the traditional Seder.

Clinical Dietitian Offers Weight Loss Tips For Children

Kelly Sinclair, a clinical dietitian at Children's National Medical Center, spoke with WAMU's Kavitha Cardoza for her five-part series, "The Heavy Burden of Childhood Obesity." Here are a few of the weight-loss tips she has for children:

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Interfaith Passover Celebration In VA To Be Held In Mosque

A unique Passover celebration in Northern Virginia brings different religious groups together to celebrate freedom, honor tradition and most importantly, promote unity.

Charlie Sheen Police Escort Under Investigation

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says the Metropolitan Police Department's Internal Affairs Division is still investigating claims that actor Charlie Sheen received a full police escort from Dulles International Airport into downtown D.C. for a show earlier this week.