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Celebrating mom: Activities for Mother's Day

Not sure what to plan for Mother's Day? WTOP's got you covered.

Tuesday - 05/07/2013, 09:25am EDT

Tags: Natalie Plumb, mom, May 12, 2013, Mother

Slice of Life: Ezequiel Munoz, spinning signs and making dimes

You've seen them on the street corners. They spin signs of all shapes and sizes. Sometimes they do flips, or throw their signs into the air -- whatever it takes to get your attention as you drive by.

Thursday - 04/25/2013, 08:32am EDT

Tags: Ezequiel Munoz, Natalie Plumb, sign spinning, sign-spinning, arrow, AArrow Advertising

Spend summer in natural beauty at Rock Creek Park

Rock Creek Park Ranger Scott Einberger takes WTOP on a tour of the park. Between 4,000 and 5,000 guests visit the Washington area park every month to see the a variety of critters, trees and other living things. Visitors exercise, sight-see and bask in the park's natural beauty.

Wednesday - 04/24/2013, 09:17am EDT

Tags: Rock Creek Park, National Park Service, Scott Einberger, Natalie Plumb

From Miss United States to prom dates, Old Town store styles everyone

A stroll through Northern Virginia's Old Town Alexandria often entails a walk along the waterfront, a historic tour along the uneven brick sidewalks or a visit to a nearby cafe. And if you're lucky, a run-in with Miss United States.

Tuesday - 04/23/2013, 11:39am EDT

Tags: Natalie Plumb, Miss United States, Whitney Miller, pageant, show, Deja Vu, boutique, Joanne Sapp, dress, prom, gown, store

Locals compete in nation's biggest ballroom event

About 1,100 athletes are heading to California this weekend for the 33rd Annual USA Dance National DanceSport Championships in Los Angeles. And many of them are from the Washington region.

Friday - 04/05/2013, 11:02am EDT

Tags: Natalie Plumb, ballroom, dance, competition, National Championship, Los Angeles, local, live stream, USA Dance, DanceSport

Largest Francophone festival in the world returns to Washington

Washington is welcoming the largest celebration of French culture and language in the world -- the Francophonie Cultural Festival.

Monday - 04/01/2013, 12:25pm EDT

Tags: francophile, francophonie, festival, Natalie Plumb, French, embassy, francophone

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Slice of Life: John Rider, serving burritos with a side of jokes

John Rider, 55, is the owner of Pedro & Vinny's, your standard burrito food truck. But there's not much that's normal about Rider's business. He serves burritos, and jokes, to nearly 225 people every day.

Sunday - 03/24/2013, 12:49pm EDT

Tags: burrito, slice of life, Natalie Plumb, K Street, Pedro & Vinny, Pedro & Vinny, food truck

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Slice of Life: Shellie Bowers, calling the shots for D.C. sports

Fans who have attended sporting events at American, Georgetown and Howard universities have likely heard Shellie Bowers' voice. It's the one blaring on the speakers, calling the shots, penalties and halftime announcements.

Sunday - 03/03/2013, 10:24am EST

Tags: announcer, Natalie Plumb, march madness, basketball, game, sport, college, howard university, slice of life

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Fame, fortune and fur: D.C. dog owner's Westminster wins

Washington area dogs Jewel, 3, and Honor, 4, each won their breed and group at this year's Westminster Dog Show. District resident Ellen Charles, 75, calls owning dogs a lifestyle and sings her praises of the pups, from hind quarters to scruffy ears.

Friday - 03/01/2013, 09:06am EST

Tags: Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, dogs, Madison Square Garden, puppies, Natalie Plumb, Jewel, Honor

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Reading 'Shades of Grey' for academic credit

"The Fifty Shades Trilogy" is a three-credit, 300-level American Studies course at American University focusing on "Fifty Shades of Grey" -- the book that inspired conversations about "mommy porn" and received both praise for dragging readers into a fantasy world and criticism for cluttering their minds with X-rated, erotic scenes.

Thursday - 02/14/2013, 10:49am EST

Tags: Fifty Shades of Grey, Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele, trilogy, Natalie Plumb, American University

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