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Monday, May 23, 2011

Commentary By Ellen London: Saving Children’s Summer Programs

As the school year comes to a close, children and parents are gearing up for summer. But commentator Ellen London, president and CEO of the DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation says this year there will be fewer camps and activities to go around, and is urging the community to help out.

Commentary By Norman Allen: Making Theater Experiences More Affordable For All

In the District, theater groups are organizing to fight a 6 percent tax on ticket sales proposed by Mayor Vincent Gray. But Commentator Norman Allen, playwright and head of the English department at Cesar Chavez Public Charter High School, says actors and directors aren't the only ones who should be concerned.

Naval Academy Freshmen Cap Greased Monument

At the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., on Monday, plebes (freshmen) participated in the school’s traditional rite of passage: capping a 21-foot-tall statue with a midshipman’s cap. There were some injuries in the process.

Consider This By Fred Fiske: Powerful Men

The recent news stories about former International Monetary Fund Dominique Strauss-Kahn and the adultery of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Senator John Ensign added to the past scandals regarding the sexual peccadillos of many high-ranking men in government have got me to wondering what is it about the fame and fortune that leads so many men to the pinnacles of success to stray from the standards of propriety, which are so important to our culture.

With Seat Belt Campaign, Virginia Steps Up Enforcement

Police around the region and the country are urging drivers to buckle up as part of a national Click It or Ticket campaign.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Baa-merica isn’t at all sheepish, Swampoodle is a place and a play, and Rethinking Arts Policy is an honest discussion.

Maryland Flag Flown At Half-Staff To Honor Killed State Trooper

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D-Md.) has ordered the Maryland flag to be flown at half-staff in memory of a 39-year-old trooper who was killed in a crash on Interstate 95 over the weekend.

CQ Roll Call: Obama Meets With Netanyahu, The Future Of Libya

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks about what to expect from Congress during President Obama's meeting tomorrow with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the bi-partisan efforts to address the on-going action in Libya, and what the status is on the annual defense debate.

Tanger Outlets To Open At National Harbor

A new high-end $100 million, 350,000-square-foot outlet mall will be built just off the Capital Beltway as part of the National Harbor Complex.

Number Of Homeless D.C. Families On The Rise

Activists involved in fighting homelessness are warning District government officials that proposed cuts in homeless services could take a serious toll on the homeless population in D.C.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Radisson Hotel Donates Fixtures To Habitat For Humanity

The fixtures from a never-opened Radisson hotel near New Castle are being donated to Habitat for Humanity.

Maryland Panel Says Crib Bumper Pads Are Hazardous

A Maryland panel has recommended that crib bumper pads be declared a hazard.

Local Organization Helps Immigrants Apply For Citizenship

Local Hispanic groups, labor unions and volunteer lawyers spent the weekend helping immigrants apply for citizenship.

Kegasus Helps Bring In Record Crowds To Preakness

Kegasus, the half-horse, half-man mascot for this year's Preakness Stakes, may have been a big contributor to this year's record crowds.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

This Year's Preakness Is Drawing In Record Crowds

Large crowds are gathering at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md. as they await the Preakness Stakes – the second jewel of Triple Crown, which kicks off at a little after 6 p.m.