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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Students Retrace Freedom Riders Route To Civil Rights Act

It became a defining point in Civil Rights history. Fifty years ago after news of the violence against the initial freedom riders spread, hundreds more enlisted in the cause and joined 60 rides that summer.

Local Mosque Opens Doors To Community

In the wake of the killing of Osama bin Laden, a local mosque opened its doors to the community today in order to combat stereotypes of Muslims.

McDonnell Encourages Relationship Building In Virginia

Virginia's Gov. Bob McDonnell will be spending this week abroad in Asia to build business relationships.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

McDonnell Signs Autism Insurance Bill ?

The legislation was signed after Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-Va.) negotiated an agreement with legislators over concerns he had with language in the bill. And in exchange, he pledged not to veto it.

Troops Face Challenges Going Back to Work

Most of us hardly pay any attention to the sounds of the office, from the hum of the florescent lights to the whirl of the printer. But these subtle sights and sounds can be triggers for returning soldiers, making their transition into a traditional work life more difficult.

Northern Va. Mosque Holds 'Know Your Neighbor' Open House

In Virginia today, one of the largest mosques in the country is holding an open house aimed at helping the community get to know Islam beyond the headlines of the past week.

Students Contribute To Shad Restoration Project

Approximately 4,000 students from across the region are helping restore American shad to area waters.

McDonnell Leaves On Trade Mission To Asia

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-Va.) and several senior administration officials are on the first leg of an 11-day Asian tour. The trip is aimed at job creation and economic development.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Springfest Un-Officially Kicks Off Summer in Ocean City

In Maryland, tens of thousands of people are expected to flock to Ocean City this weekend as it unofficially kicks off the summer season with one of its premiere special events – Springfest.

Commentary By Rev. Jered Weber-Johnson: Weatherization Means Jobs

The joblessness rate in D.C.'S Ward 7 is 16.4 percent; in Ward 8 it's more than 24 percent, according District estimates. Commentator the Reverend Jered Weber-Johnson -- pastor at St. Alban's Episcopal Church -- says community-led efforts expanding the local green energy economy can both improve the environment and create green jobs for residents.

Students Restore Baby Shad In Local Waterways

Students from several schools in the Washington Metro area gathered on the banks of the Potomac and Anacostia rivers today to restore thousands of baby shad to local waterways.

What's That Tree? There's An App for That!

Those seeking to enjoy Rock Creek Park this summer will be able to use their smart phones to connect to nature.

Troops Face Unique Challenges Going Back to Work

When soldiers return home after serving our country, many of them face great challenges going back to work. For some veterans, walking into a new workplace after serving in a war can be like a trek through the minefield.

Nature As A Business: Rewarding Farmers For Conservation

Typically, environmentalists are at odds with market forces -- think clear cutting the rain forest or over-harvesting of fish. But some conservationists believe the best way to save the environment from the market is to turn it into one. If nature can be rewarded for the economic benefits it provides, it might survive better.

U.S. Senate Mulls Rodent Eradication in MD, VA, DE

The U.S. Senate is considering expanding an effort to eradicate an invasive rodent in seven states including Maryland, Virginia and Delaware.