Local News from WAMU 88.5

Friday, November 4, 2011

Route 1 Funding May Influence Virginia Election

Route 1 Traffic

The recent announcement of funding to expand Route 1 to six lanes near Ft. Belvoir may prove to be an important wedge issue in a Virginia State Senate election.

New Fund Helps Nonprofits Go Solar

Going solar can help nonprofits cut the money they spend on energy, if they can cover the upfront costs, that is. A new fund in D.C. is helping them do just that.

Your Letters

Listeners respond to our recent "Haunted D.C." and "Outside Looking In" editions of the show.

[Music: "A Message to You Rudy (Karaoke-Version) As Made Famous By: The Specials" by Charly Karaoke Group from Karaoke World: Here We Go / "Rock Around the Clock (Rock'n'Roll)" by Hugo Strasser from Tanzalbum Des Jahrhunderts (Disc 2)]

Door To Door: Edgewood, D.C. & Olney, Md.

It's our weekly trip around the region. This week, we visit Edgewood in Northeast D.C., and Olney, Md.

[Music: "No, Girl" by John Davis from Title Tracks]

Marathon Running: A Sport Whose Time Has Come

The Washington region has more runners than anywhere else in the country, and the road races organized for all those runners are turning in to big business for the District and surrounding communities.

[Music: "Run Around (Karaoke Version)" by Stingray Music (Karaoke) from The Karaoke Channel - In the Style of Blues Traveler - Vol. 1]

Forming an Artistic Love Connection: Creative Speed Dating

The newly-formed D.C.-Area Playwrights Group is launching a special speed-dating event to match playwrights with other theater professionals, in hopes of making an artistic love connection.

[Music: "Speed of Sound (As Made Famous By Coldplay)" by Omnibus Media Karaoke Tracks from Coldplay Hits]

When Time Is Money: Clocking In As A Watchmaker

A local watchmaker explains why the market for mechanical watches is still strong in this digital age.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Man Arrested For Threats To Cantor

eric cantor

The FBI arrested a 62-year-old Tennessee man Wednesday for making threatening comments towards House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and his family.

New, Bigger Cars Approved For MARC

marc train

Frequent commuters on the MARC will find a lot to like about the 54 new cars being purchased, which are faster, have more entrances, and offer expanded legroom.

Crashes Cost D.C. Area $7.4 Billion Yearly

The costs incurred from car crashes in the D.C. region are rising, despite a decline in the number of road fatalities.

D.C. Sued For Not Supervising Committed Juveniles


D.C. is facing a $20 million lawsuit from a family that alleges that improper supervision of committed juveniles led to the murder of their son.

Maryland Dispensary Scrutinized For Illegal Liquor Purchase

Worcester County Officials recently purchased $175,000 of liquor from an Alabama wholesaler, in a move that goes directly against Maryland state law.

Metro Station Name Changes Approved

metro map

The Metro map may soon look different than you remember it -- the Metro Board has approved name changes that will go into effect next June.

Closing Arguments Continue In Currie Trial

An attorney stated in closing arguments Thursday that Maryland State Senator Ulysses Grant was far too transparent about his activities for his actions with Shoppers Food Warehouse to be considered bribery.

D.C. Boots Half Of Parking Enforcement Staff

Your odds of having a boot installed in your car in D.C. have just gone down, as the Department of Public Works announced that they have laid off half of the "boot team."