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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Seniors Beat the Heat With Free Indoor Workshops

In the midst of a record-breaking heat wave, some people who might not have a place to cool off are finding refuge in Woodley Park and Tenleytown.

Striking Verizon Workers Threaten Ongoing Protests

Verizon workers from across the region are preparing for a long, heated battle with their company.

The Hill's Alex Bolton: Bachmann Calls For Emergency Session, Pressure On Economy Builds

The federal reserve offered a bleak assessment of the U.S. economy today, and that, combined with Standard & Poors' downgrade of the U.S.'s credit rating last week has prompted some to call for Congress to return from August recess for an emergency session. WAMU's Pat Brogan talks with Alex Bolton, senior staff writer from The Hill, about how effective that would be.

Account Of Woman Missing in Aruba Raising Concerns

A Frederick County woman missing in Aruba is gaining national attention. One of the last people to make contact with Robyn Gardner suspects foul play.

VA And MD Could Get Downgraded Over Entitlment Cuts

Although it lowered the credit rating of the federal government, Standard & Poor's says it will not drop the ratings of Virginia and Maryland now, but the rating agency says that could change.

More Than 4,000 People Attend D.C. Job Fair

The latest unemployment report shows the District's unemployment rate has climbed above 10 percent, and today, more than 4,000 out-of-work residents attended a job fair in downtown DC.

New Targets For Crabs Mean Protections Remain

New federal targets for blue crabs mean crabbing limits in Maryland and Virginia will remain in place.

Reenactors To Mark 150th Anniversary Of Antietam Civil War Battle

Around 4,000 reenactors will take part in festivities marking the 150th anniversary next year of two Civil War battles fought in Maryland.

Monday, August 8, 2011

CQ Roll Call: Fight Keeps Congress In Washington, Criticism On S&P Downgrade, Former Sen. Mark Hatfield's Legacy

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks about the latest on Capitol Hill including why Congress isn’t on really on recess this month and the legacy left by former Sen. Mark Hatfield (R-Ore.), who died on Sunday.

Talking With Poet Sonia Sanchez

When poet Sonia Sanchez performs her work, she doesn't just read her poetry. She sings, she moves, she stutters and chants, and she uses her poetry to tell emotional stories about tough social issues.

Fatal Truck Fire Closes I-95 Northbound Overnight

A devastating crash involving a tractor trailer shut down the Interstate 95 northbound lanes near Lorton, Va. early this morning. Two of those lanes were reopened by 7:30 a.m.

Prince William Co. Police Investigating Taser Death

Police in Prince William County are investigating the circumstances surrounding a man who died after being shocked with a Taser by police.

Verizon Employees To Demonstrate In Silver Spring

Hundreds of Verizon employees from across the region are gathering in Silver Spring this afternoon to demonstrate against the company after contract negotiations fell apart this weekend.

Nats' Strasburg Makes First Minor League Start Since Surgery

Washington Nationals' star pitcher Stephen Strasburg has been out of commission since he underwent elbow surgery in September. He's finally ready to start his comeback, and a crowd of fans at a minor league game Sunday got a glimpse of what's to come from the 23-year-old ace.

D.C. Tennis Tournament Showcases More Than Superstars

D.C.'s premiere tennis tournament, the Legg Mason Tennis Classic, wrapped up over the weekend and the tournament's goals reach beyond a showcase of world class tennis talent.