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New DC center will treat pediatric cancer with protons

WASHINGTON — A new center is under construction at Sibley Memorial Hospital, but a quick glance behind the yellow tape is enough to leave visitors questioning their whereabouts. Towering steel structures and tracks of tubes and magnets — all of which take up as much space as a parking lot — look more like aeronautical […]

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New eatery wants to change the way Washingtonians think about hummus

WASHINGTON — On restaurant menus, hummus is typically listed as an appetizer. At cocktail parties, it often accompanies crudités. But at D.C.’s newest fast-casual spot, the popular chickpea spread has been called off the sidelines, and instead, is the star of each meal. Inside Little Sesame’s new home at 1828 L St. NW, chefs and […]

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Students grow food for homeless neighbors

WASHINGTON — Those walking the block of 24th and H Streets NW will likely notice several things: Cars and buses whizzing by, doctors and nurses hustling to the hospital, and a motorcade or two barreling through the narrow streets . But look closely — just a few feet from the sidewalk — and you’ll see […]

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DC puts maternal health in spotlight with mayor’s inaugural summit

WASHINGTON — On Sept. 12, the third floor of D.C.’s Washington Convention Center was packed with policy leaders, health care experts … and quite a few babies — all for Mayor Muriel Bowser’s first Maternal and Infant Health Summit. The open-to-the-public event convened mayors, physicians and nonprofit executives to examine trends in pregnancy-related health outcomes, […]

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How local brewers name their beers

WASHINGTON — Greg Engert finds it hard to watch a musical, check out a set list or visit an art show without thinking about beer — more specifically, beer names. After a performance of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at D.C.’s Studio Theatre, Engert, who serves as beer director at Bluejacket Brewery, had the name […]

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Best places to go apple picking this fall

WASHINGTON — If apple picking is on your fall to-do list, now is the time to check it off. “Don’t wait until you are pumpkin-patching because you’ll probably find a lot of rotten apples at that point,” said Guiomar Ochoa, a parenting and travel writer for Red Tricycle. In the D.C. area, the season for […]

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Taste of Studio celebrates theater, food and 14th Street community

WASHINGTON — The dog days of summer are here, and if you’re looking for a way to take your mind off the suffocating heat and humidity this weekend, Studio Theatre is opening its air-conditioned doors for the fourth annual Taste of Studio event on Aug. 4 on 14th Street in Northwest D.C. The free open […]

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From behind bars to the stage: New DC program gives prisoners a voice

WASHINGTON — Wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and ripped jeans, 27-year-old Davon stood on stage at the Anacostia Arts Center’s Black Box Theater and did a few breathing exercises. Then, he ran through his lines one last time. In May, Davon was released from prison after spending four and a half years behind bars. Now, […]

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DC chef embraces ‘forest-to-table’ movement with foraging excursions

WASHINGTON — The terrain was tricky, the bugs were out, and the heat from the sun was growing more intense by the minute — but Drew Adams was determined to find mushrooms. After about 20 minutes of hiking along the Potomac River, he spotted a patch. “How cool is that?” Adams said, pointing to crown-tipped […]

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The Dough Jar brings cookie dough ‘scoop shop’ to Georgetown

WASHINGTON — I scream, you scream, we all scream for … cookie dough? That’s the idea behind D.C.’s newest sweet shop, or rather, “scoop shop,” which will sell edible (aka: eggless) cookie dough in presentations generally reserved for ice cream — on cones, in cups and under sprinkles — when it opens in Georgetown on […]

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Sound baths wash away stress, swell in popularity

WASHINGTON — Soaking in a warm bath at the end of a long day is one way to unwind and de-stress. But a growing number of Zen-seeking locals are swapping bubbles for bowls to experience a different kind of bath — a sound bath. Despite its name, sound baths do not require one to disrobe […]

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Dangers of childbirth: US sees ‘many deaths,’ even after baby arrives

In the U.S., new and expecting moms die at a rate that’s higher than other developed countries, and cases of close calls are on the rise. D.C. is among a handful of states with the highest maternal mortality rates. In our three-part special report, Dangers of Childbirth, WTOP looks into why. WASHINGTON — A woman’s […]

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Dangers of childbirth: Being black can be hazardous to moms’ health

In the U.S., new and expecting moms die at a rate that’s higher than other developed countries, and cases of close calls are on the rise. D.C. is among a handful of states with the highest maternal mortality rates. In our three-part special report, Dangers of Childbirth, WTOP looks into why. WASHINGTON — On Dec. […]

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The last straw: Local food market joins movement to ban plastic straws

WASHINGTON — A small grocery store in Rockville, Maryland, is hoping to make a big impact with its recent ban on plastic straws. Dawson’s Market, a community-focused natural foods store, made the move last month, joining a growing number of restaurants, companies and cities in an effort to reduce plastic pollution. “There are so many […]

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