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Monday, June 27, 2011

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.

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.

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.

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.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

The Kennedy Center goes Completely Hollywood, Fort Reno has music and contemporary crafts come to Strathmore.

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.

12 People Arrested During D.C. Voting Rights Protest In Front Of White House

Police arrested 12 voting rights activists in front of the White House Saturday afternoon.

Researchers In Virginia Seek More Funding For Biomedical Studies

Some university researchers in Virginia are asking the state for more funding for biomedical studies. They say they are on the verge of several key developments, but their requests come at a time of budget pressure.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Nonprofits Aim To Raise Awareness About Teen HIV in D.C.

More than a hundred young people gathered at a recreation center in northeast, D.C. Saturday afternoon.

Police Arrest Protesters In Front Of White House

Police arrested twelve protesters in front of the White House Saturday afternoon.

Prince George's County Council Member Leslie Johnson Due In Court Thursday

In Maryland, Prince George's County Council member Leslie Johnson is due in court Thursday morning where she may plead guilty to corruption charges.

Judge Rules Law Banning Late Evening, Early Morning Release Of Inmates Unonstitutional

A federal judge has ruled that a D.C. law banning the release of people from the jail during the late evening and early morning hours violated former inmates' rights by keeping them in jail longer than necessary.

McDonnell Seeking To Assist Tornado Victims In Southwest Virginia

Gov. Bob McDonnell is asking the U.S. Small Business Administration to assist tornado victims in southwest Virginia.

Stosch Calling For Cost-Effective, Humanitarian Options For Geriatric Prisoners

In Virginia, a segment of the state's prison population is withering away behind bars, and State Sen. Walter Stosch is calling for cost-effective and humanitarian options for geriatric prisoners.