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Friday, December 23, 2011

Troops Arrive Home For Family, Friends... And Food

As U.S. troops begin arriving home for the holidays, hugging their family and friends isn't the only thing they're looking forward to doing.

A Busy Holiday Travel Season For D.C. Area Residents

Nearly 2 million Washington-area residents are heading out of town over the holidays, and 90 percent of them will be driving. Triple-A says there may be one way to avoid the congestion.

Non-profit Offers Tips On Holiday Donations

In this season of giving, one local nonprofit is offering advice on how to make the most of your donations.

Study: Sometimes Less Is More In Gift-Giving


A study from Virginia Tech yielded some interesting information those who are gift-giving a-plenty in the next few days. Sometimes less is more, researchers say.

Congress Approves Payroll Tax Cut

Congress approves a two-month renewal of payroll tax cuts and unemployment benefits for millions of workers.

Dispensing Ice Cream And Wisdom (Originally Broadcast 8/05/2011)

A local ice cream truck driver is dishing out frosty treats -- and a bit of advice -- to residents in some of the District's poorest neighborhoods.

Fighting To Survive On The Chesapeake Bay (Originally Broadcast On Coastal Connection 9/16/2011)

Chesapeake Bay watermen say they're worried their way of life may be on the way out.

Cherry Picks: Homemade Pop Tarts In Capitol Hill (Originally Broadcast 3/25/2011)

We head to a Capitol Hill restaurant to whip up a gourmet take on a familiar breakfast food: Pop Tarts.

Healthy Eating And The Roots Of Childhood Obesity (Originally Broadcast 4/29/2011)

The D.C. Public Schools are revamping their menus to bring more fruit and vegetables onto the cafeteria trays of city students.

Crossing D.C.'s Food Deserts: Veggie-Powered Mobile Markets (Originally Broadcast 6/10/2011)

A local nonprofit is using a farmer's market on wheels to cross the city's food deserts.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Hispanics Overrepresented In Local Pedestrian Deaths

A report by Triple-A MidAtlantic shows that Hispanics are disproportionately represented amongst Montgomery County residents killed in pedestrian deaths on area roads.

Baltimore Aims To Make Inner Harbor Swimmable By 2020

Baltimore's Inner Harbor is the object of a $220 million plan to cut pollution and make the water both fishable and swimmable by 2020.

Approval For Gray, D.C. Council Dips

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A recent poll shows that more District residents disapprove of both Mayor Vincent Gray and the D.C. Council.

Petroleum Leak Mars Portion Of Four Mile Run

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Officials in Arlington County are urging residents to avoid a section of Four Mile Run, after a petroleum leak was discovered that could render the waters dangerous.

Poll: Virginians Divided On Uranium Mining, State Budget

A poll released today from Quinnipiac University tests the waters in Virginia on gun control, uranium mining, the state budget, how well state lawmakers are doing.