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Monday, April 25, 2011

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.

Fire Truck Donation By Fenty Admin. Violated Procedure, Report Finds

An investigative report concludes that there were a number of violations when members of former D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty's administration donated a city fire truck to the city of Sosua, Dominican Republic, in 2009.

School Board To Announce New MoCo Superintendent Monday

Montgomery County School Board members plan to announce their pick for the system's new superintendent at a meeting Monday evening in Rockville, Md.

Interfaith Seder Just One Celebration In A Year Of Cooperation

Two groups in D.C. and Virginia who recently co-hosted an interfaith Passover Seder say their commitment to unity goes far beyond the annual event.

Virginia Redistricting: Assembly Returns After Recess To Try Again

When the Virginia House of Delegates and State Senate members return Monday from a two-week recess, they will try and decide who will determine how to divide the state's legislative districts.

Work Begins On NY Ave Bridge

A word of warning to drivers who take New York Avenue into D.C. to get to work. Today the District’s Department of Transportation begins a major construction project on the bridge that could last up to two years.

Vegan Bake Sales Sweep Through D.C.

Three years ago, one local man had an idea for a vegan bake sale. Now, the idea has caught on, and a network of the sales around the world have raised thousands of dollars for animal rights.

Voters Head to Polls Tuesday In Crowded Race For D.C. Council Seat

Tomorrow, voters in D.C. will head to the polls to cast a ballot in a special election for the D.C. Council. The race to fill Council Chairman Kwame Brown’s former at-large seat has drawn a crowded field -- a handful of Democrats are running, as well as a Republican, an Independent, and a D.C. Statehood Green candidate.

Video: Interview With Reporters On Childhood Obesity Series

WAMU education reporter Kavitha Cardoza and co-producer Ginger Moored reflect on what they learned from their five-part childhood obesity series.

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.

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.