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Friday, September 30, 2011

UMD Team Wins Architecture Prize At Solar Decathlon

watershed, a solar home

At the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon this week, the team from University of Maryland won first prize in the architecture category for their solar-powered home dubbed "Watershed."

Metro Repairs To Cause Weekend Delays


Metro is already telling weekend commuters to tack 20 minutes onto their travel times, as single-tracking will slow down the Blue, Orange, Green and Red line trains.

WaPo's McCartney: Ulysses Currie's Trial Began This Week, Va. Mass Transit Spending Dispute

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney gives an analysis of this week's top stories, including Maryland State Sen. Ulysses Currie's bribery charges and the dispute between state officials and local authorities in Virginia over mass spending.

CQ Roll Call: Budget Negotiations After The CR, Call For Clarence Thomas Investigation

As Congress avoids another government shutdown, there isn't much hope for an improved budget debate going forward.

Md. Texting While Driving Ban Starts Saturday

Silhouette of driver texting while driving

A new law banning texting or emailing while driving goes into effect in Maryland Oct. 1. 

Adams Morgan's Mercadito Latino Closing

Woman in apron slicing mango

It looks like Adams Morgan residents will have to say goodbye to Mercadito Latino, the open-air Latino market that operates out of Unity Park on weekends. Vendors there are protesting the move by the city to shut down the market. 

Spreading Good Nutrition With Specialty Produce

Woody Woodroof in the fields at Red Wiggler farm.

A Montgomery County farmer wants to increase the health and nutrition of people with developmental disabilities, and now he has a new strategy. 

Alexandria Considers Extension Of BikeShare

Alexandria's city council will vote soon on whether to fund the expansion of the Capital BikeShare program into Old Town Alexandria.

D.C. Government Building Goes Green

Mayor Vincent Gray at One Judiciary Square

An office building in D.C. will soon be joining the green bandwagon, and will receive upgrades that will reduce utility costs by 20 percent.

Outstanding Warrants, Crime Down In PG County

pg county press conference

Police in Prince George's County made a serious dent in violent crimes during the month of August, arresting 719 offenders.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Conservationists Cope With A Planet Under Pressure

mike tidwell, conservationist

Conservationists know more than most about the perilous state of our planet -- and with that knowledge comes a considerable amount of stress.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Sept. 30

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Crafty Bastards, D.C. State Fair, Basquiat and Bonny “Prince” Billy.

Record Number Of Hispanic Children Living In Poverty

hispanic children in pg county

For the first time, there are more Hispanic children living in poverty in the United States than white children, a figure which is borne out in the D.C. region.

VP Biden Visits Alexandria Police Dept.

joe biden

Vice President Joe Biden visited the Alexandria Police Department Thursday to highlight the parts of the American Jobs Act that go to the hiring of first responders.

Lincoln Theatre Board Blames Gray For Imminent Closure

The Board of Directors for U Street's Lincoln Theatre are blaming Mayor Vincent Gray for the imminent closure of the historic theatre, for cutting grants and refusing to meet with the board.