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Friday, October 21, 2011

Moving Beyond Memories: Telling Stories with "TimeSlips"

For some seniors struggling with memory loss, completing a single sentence can be an arduous, even impossible task. But at Iona Senior Services, individuals facing cognitive decline are weaving together entire tales through a new program called Time Slips. As Jessica Gould tells us, the goal is to bring people together and help individuals who are at a loss for words achieve the triumph of a complete thought.

[Music: "Time After Time" by John Coltrane from Stardust]

Something Old, Something New: Inside The Hill Center

For decades, Capitol Hill residents have watched the stately Old Naval Hospital at 9th and Pennsylvania Avenue SE crumble and deteriorate. Now the building is getting a new lease on life as the Hill Center. The brand new community hub will feature everything from cooking and yoga classes to film screenings and rental space for special events. Rebecca Sheir tours the Hill Center to learn the building's history, and hear how a hospital commissioned by President Abraham Lincoln has transformed in to a gathering place for residents of Capitol Hill.

[Music: "Our Love is Here to Stay" by Dexter Gordon from Our Man in Paris]

The Return of Peirce Mill

An old flour mill in D.C. that once served congressmen, senators, and even a president has been revitalized to serve and educate a new generation.

Coming Together To Honor WWII Heroes... 67 Years Later

A group of World War II service members missing for nearly 70 years will finally be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery this week.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Dulles Rail May Be $150M Over Budget

Construction officials say the first phase of Metrorail's Silver line to Dulles Airport could come in as much as $150 million over budget. 

Montgomery Co. Focuses On Homeless During Community Service Week

Advocates for homeless people in Montgomery County held the first ever 'Homeless Resource Day' as part of the county's Community Service Week. 

Republicans Face Pressure On Jobs Bill

Public workers are putting pressure on Republicans to pass President Obama's jobs bill, which includes $35 billion for emergency responders and other public safety services.

DCPS Students Work On Water Conservation

Students at D.C. schools are heading into some pretty unexpected places, including the schools' bathrooms, for their new water conservation curriculum.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Oct. 20

virginia chamber orchestra

Georgetown and Gallaudet address disabled communities and the Virginia Chamber Orchestra opens another season of classics.

More Than 200 Area Bridges "Structurally Deficient"

A new report by Transportation for America identifies 215 bridges in the D.C. area as structurally deficient and in dire need of repair or replacement.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

MoCo Police Seek Help Finding Missing Man

Police in Montgomery County are asking for the public's help in finding a missing man from Gaithersburg who his family says suffers from dementia.

Maryland Redistricting Plan Signed Into Law

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley approved legislation Thursday that will shift the borders of the state's congressional districts in Democrats' favor.

Immigration Status Off-Limits For D.C. Police

D.C. police are now prohibited from asking about a person's immigration status when they make an arrest, thanks to a new executive order from mayor Vincent Gray.

Special Ed. Teacher Arrested For Sex Offenses

A special education teacher who works in Rockville, Md. was arrested Wednesday after conducting sexually explicit chats with undercover officers he believed to be underage girls.