Tag: PNC Bank

Two endangered species met on the Anacostia River and life bloomed

ENVIRONMENT | Cleaning up the polluted Anacostia River in order to reintroduce wildlife to the area saved many of the youth who participated in the Eagle Conservation Corps in the 90s from leading the lives that took many of their peers in Southeast DC. (NPR, 5/20)

In the first three months, a team of seven young men and two women waded into the creek and dragged out everything from car engines to sofas, bikes — and 5,000 tires. “They cleaned every scrap out of that creek,” [creator of the Eagle Conservation Corps Bob] Nixon says.

It was hard work with no prestige, and their friends in Valley Green [housing project] gave them a hard time. But “we started feeling a sense of accomplishment and pride,” says Anthony Satterthwaite, another of the original volunteers.

That sense of accomplishment was key.

CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP AWARDS | The Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce has announced the nominees for its 2017 Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Awards. Congratulations to the many WRAG members nominated! (Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, 5/15)

Outstanding Corporate Citizen of the Year (Large Business)

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

CSRA, Inc.

Kaiser Permanente

PNC Bank

WGL Holdings/Washington Gas

Wells Fargo Bank

Outstanding Veteran and Military Advocate Award

PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP

Executive Leader of the Year

Adrian Chapman, WGL Holdings/Washington Gas

Todd Yeatts, The Boeing Company

Emerging Influential of the Year

Ben Ingham, Northrop Grumman

NOVAForward Award

Eileen Ellsworth, President & CEO, Community Foundation for Northern Virginia

Non-Profit of the Year

Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers in partnership with the Community Foundation for Loudoun & Fauquier Counties

– Tamara Lucas Copeland, WRAG’s president, said this about the nomination: We are honored to be nominated with the Community Foundation for Loudoun & Fauquier Counties. Since 2015, when WRAG hosted the first-ever Loudoun County Philanthropy Conference, we have been working with the Community Foundation for Loudoun & Northern Fauquier Counties and a robust cross-sector steering committee to identify and address top needs in the county. On March 1, we launched the “Faces of Loudoun” marketing campaign designed to highlight the often hidden needs in Loudoun and encourage increased and more effective philanthropic investments from residents and the larger philanthropic community across the region.

WORKFORCE | This Chesapeake Bay company, and the island where it is located, need Mexican guest workers to keep its business afloat. (WAMU, 5/21)

HEALTH | District policymakers passed a bill to raise the smoking age to 21 last year, but there are no funds set aside in the current FY18 budget proposal to implement the law. (DCFPI, 5/19)

HOUSING | The Mount Pleasant and Columbia Heights area is now the third most expensive neighborhood in DC. (WTOP, 5/19)

POVERTY | A new study explores why some children who grow up in poverty are able to become economically successful adults. (Citylab, 5/19)

NONPROFITS | Nonprofits anxiously await the new administration’s first budget request. (Chronicle, 5/19 – Subscription needed)

These puppets do not want to harm you. 

– Kendra

Friday roundup – June 13 through June 17, 2016

– The Diane and Norman Bernstein Foundation has made a $500,000 investment in Our Region, Your Investment. (Daily, 6/16)

– The Putting Racism on the Table learning series may be over, but the lessons will endure. In this blog post, Julie Wagner of CareFirst and Terri Copeland of PNC shared some of their deepest insights and major takeaways from the series. (Daily, 6/13)

– Natalie Wexler, trustee of the Omega Foundation, explained how schools can better teach kids to read. (Hint: it’s not by teaching reading comprehensive strategies.) (Daily, 6/14)

– Some Alexandria City Public School students are alleging  “excessive, discriminatory and reckless approach[es] to discipline” from the school system. The Kojo Nnamdi Show explores those claims and the supporting research behind the students’ argument. (WaPo, 6/3 and WAMU, 6/16)

– The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers will be co-hosting a national teleconference for funders on Wednesday, June 22 at 11:00 am ET, for funders concerned about the Orlando tragedy and how best they may respond. Register for the call co-hosted by ABFE, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Change Philanthropy, AAPIP, and Hispanics in Philanthropy.

– WRAG’s colleague organization, the Florida Philanthropic Network, posted a list of resources for those who want to provide financial assistance to those affected by the mass shooting in Orlando.

Wells Fargo announced a donation of $300,000 toward victims and community recovery through the OneOrlando fund, set up by the City of Orlando and administered by the Central Florida Foundation.

– The Council on Foundations shared a resource guide created by Funders for LGBTQ Issues featuring Orlando’s local LGBTQ social profit organizations and fundraising efforts for victims.

– The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region has also shared resources for those who want to help.


Senior Manager, Programs | Grantmakers for Effective Organizations | Deadline: 06/17/2016
Program Officer | Washington Area Women’s Foundation | Deadline: 06/19/2016
Associate | Innovation Network, Inc. | Deadline: 07/01/2016
Research Assistant | Innovation Network, Inc. | Deadline: 07/01/2016
Philanthropic Services Associate | The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region
Grants Manager | The Norman & Ruth Rales Foundation
Community Impact Director | Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing
Senior Communication Consultant | Kaiser Permanente
Part Time Bookkeeper/Accountant | ACT for Alexandria
Associate Director | Arabella Advisors
Director, Corporate Philanthropy | Council on Foundations
D.C. PrEP for Women Project Coordinator | Washington AIDS Partnership
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– Ciara

Six policy recommendations to preserve affordable housing in the District

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s “Housing Preservation Strike Force” has released six new recommendations for preserving affordable housing units in the city to keep them accessible for lower-income residents (WCP, 6/13):

According to the mayor’s office, the strike force’s six recommendations are:

  • Establishing a preservation unit within a D.C. agency to identify specific affordable-housing opportunities, and to create a database of affordable-housing units
  • Funding a “public-private preservation fund” to “facilitate early investments in preservation deals”
  • Launching a program to renovate affordable housing in “small properties” of between five and 50 units
  • Drafting additional regulations for the District Opportunity to Purchase Act, which allows D.C. to purchase properties that risk losing their affordable-housing subsidies
  • Incentivizing residents and developers to take advantage of the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act through “predevelopment activities, legal services, third-party reports, acquisition bridge financing,” and data-collection
  • Creating programs designed to benefit seniors, such as “tenant-based vouchers or other rental assistance”

– The D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development has launched a new pilot program to preserve affordable housing in ward 8, as neighborhoods east-of-the river expect economic development over the next several years. (WCP, 6/10)

PUTTING RACISM ON THE TABLE | While the Putting Racism on the Table learning series has drawn to a close, the lessons learned will linger on in the minds of the attendees. In this blog post, WRAG president Tamara Lucas Copeland asks Julie Wagner of CareFirst and Terri Copeland of PNC to share their deepest insights and major takeaways from the full series. (Daily, 6/13)

– DC Fiscal Policy Institute discusses the importance of approving the Improving Access to Identity Documents Act that would allow District residents with incomes below 200 percent of poverty to obtain birth certificates, driver’s licenses, or ID cards at no charge. (DCFPI, 6/10)

– The Hell of Applying for Government Benefits (Atlantic, 6/12)

LGBT/DISCRIMINATION | In light of Sunday morning’s mass shooting in Orlando, The Atlantic takes a look at how, despite the advances in LGBT rights throughout the years, many still find themselves subject to violence at alarming rates. (Atlantic, 6/13)

– Nonprofit Quarterly presents a two-part series authored by president of the F.B. Heron Foundation, Clara Miller, in which she discusses how they’ve worked to build a foundation that continues to evolve and engage with the larger economy. Check out part 1 and part 2. (NPQ, 6/8 and 6/9)

– Funding Infrastructure: A Smart Investment for All (SSIR, 6/10)

ECONOMYWhich U.S. Cities Suffer the Most During a Recession? (City Lab, 6/9)

Tonight is Game 5 of the NBA Finals. Which team are you rooting for? Can it be the Cavs? Please!?

– Ciara

Putting Racism on the Table: How I was affected

After each session in the Putting Racism on the Table series, I asked a participant (or sometimes two) to reflect on the session and its more personal meaning for them. This time, I wanted two folks – one white, one African American – to reflect on the overall series. While no one person can speak for the entire group, I thought it would be illustrative to know if both people felt like they benefited from attending. Did they both have “aha” moments, moments in which they had greater clarity, or did they gain a totally new perspective?  Will this have lasting benefit for the attendees? I appreciate Julie Wagner of CareFirst and Terri Copeland of PNC sharing their views below.

– Tamara Lucas Copeland

by Julie Wagner
Vice President, Community Affairs

Could there have been a better time for WRAG’s Putting Racism on the Table series? With tragic events across the country highlighting racial bias and injustice, and national political discourse rife with bigoted remarks – it’s clear that conversations about racism and how to address it must continue at every level.

I appreciate this opportunity to thank and congratulate Tamara Lucas Copeland and the dedicated foundation and corporate leaders who developed the series. As Tamara reminded the group at each session, “the first step of leadership is understanding.” The series ended this month with an inspiring presentation by Dr. Gail Christopher of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. Dr. Christopher’s presentation on the Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation work she leads was the perfect ending for the series, and a natural pivot to take attendees from learning to action.

On a personal level, I feel fortunate to have been able to attend all six sessions. I have always considered myself a progressive woman, but the series made me reconsider whether the glasses through which I view some important issues are, in fact, a little more rose-colored than I thought. Many issues were elevated, including the racial bias and devastating affects behind mass incarceration: one out of three black men will face incarceration in their lifetime. Wow. While I wasn’t naive to bias and injustice in the criminal justice system, James Bell’s presentation gave me a much clearer view. The importance of feeling a sense of belonging to achieve success was also brought up. What makes someone successful? I thought I understood. I believed that if a student went to a good school, they would thrive with the right supports. But as Professor john a. powell noted in a University of Texas at Austin example, graduation rates were low when students felt that they were the “other” and did not belong, and they dramatically increased when the school addressed these issues. While I had “aha” moments, I recognize that these were “of course” moments to many series participants. For example, I didn’t appreciate how rarely children of color have teachers that look like them. During our discussions, fellow attendees noted high school and college as the first time they had a teacher of their same race. I was also struck by the blatant media images that reinforce the “white as the ideal” narrative discussed by Dr. Robin DiAngelo. A poignant example included a print ad for a line of handbags that both literally and figuratively placed minority women in the background.

The gatherings spurred conversations at work, and with my family and friends. I find myself scrutinizing advertising, television, news, and my initial interpretation of events and the interactions of others more closely and with a more informed interpretation. So, I think the view through my rose-colored glasses is in a little better focus. I am still optimistic, but that optimism is informed by a clearer view of the systemic barriers which our grantees face in their work to eliminate health disparities.

by Terri Copeland
Senior Vice President and Territory Executive
Community Development Banking, East
PNC Bank

WRAG’s six-part series, Putting Racism on the Table, has sought to shine a light on the key elements of racism – including the unconscious biases and structural nature of racism that can often be found deeply embedded in individuals, companies, the justice system, and governments at every level. The series has  made me focus more intensely on both the far-reaching intended and unintended consequences of racism. Putting Racism on the Table has also made me think more deeply about the role that I play.

The series has not only given me a new lens with which to view the world as it pertains to my work, it has also impacted me personally. A few weeks ago, I had an unexpected overwhelming experience as I sat in the Pittsburgh airport waiting for my flight to depart. I’d purchased the book, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, figuring I’d use the time to catch up on some reading. I was not prepared for the emotional response it produced, as I read the author’s account of how he dealt with his son’s pain when the verdict came back not guilty in the Michael Brown case. I cried uncontrollably at that young boy’s pain and, more importantly, his sudden disillusionment.

I think I was just reacting to all of the pent up emotion that has come to the surface with the multiple police incidents that have occurred across America, and also due to the laser focus that the Putting Racism on the Table series presented on topics that have been hidden and unexplored for so long. A friend recently described her own anxiety as she watched her 7-year-old nephew running, as most children at this age are prone to do. She began raising her nephew a year or so ago, and she experienced firsthand what most African American mothers and fathers all over the country live with on a daily basis – the fear that his actions could someday be misinterpreted  by law enforcement – an instance of running- while-black, perhaps. She talked about the pain of knowing she will soon have to explain to him why he must stop immediately if ever confronted by the police. He’s seven. Is this the America we want to live in?

Still, I can’t let go of the notion of a world in which all men and women are created equal. My soul cries out for a different America. While I know this vision will take time, I know there is a role for me to take on in bringing it to life. As a crusader. As an advocate. As one who will talk about the racism that affects our region and country, and take part in addressing it. I’m glad that so many of my counterparts in the region have also taken on this role. Putting racism on the table is only the beginning.

Although the learning series has ended, let’s keep the conversation going. Please tweet me @WRAGPrez if you have thoughts on how to broaden the learning and build on the momentum. Stay tuned for the release of the remaining videos in the series.

At-risk DCPS students receiving varied amounts of funding

A data tool developed by the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute and Code for DC reveals wide gaps in spending for at-risk students in the District – students who are in foster care, homeless, receiving welfare or food stamps, or at least one year behind in high school. Despite the D.C. Council passing legislation ensuring funding would be distributed equally among at-risk students, DCPS did not have time this year to comply (GGW, 2/10):

Mann Elementary in Ward 3, for example, spent over $15,000 on each of its at-risk students. That’s partly because there are only two such students there, making up just 1% of the school’s total enrollment, according to the data tool.

By contrast, Ballou High School in Ward 8 spent only about $5,000 on each of its 470 at-risk students, which represent 72% of the school population. And Beers Elementary in Ward 7 spent a mere $168 on each of its 259 at-risk students, 60% of its enrollment.

WRAG | Yesterday, WRAG had the pleasure of hosting Mayor Muriel Bowser and a number of local funders for a special conversation on issues of importance to the region’s philanthropic community. WRAG president Tamara Copeland reflects on the Mayor’s remarks in this new post. (Daily WRAG, 2/11)

COMMUNITY | Mike Harreld, regional president of PNC Bank for the Greater Washington Area, has joined the Meyer Foundation‘s board of directors for a three-year term. Harreld also serves on the board of the United Way of the National Capital Area, the Federal City Council, Fight for Children, and the Economic Club of Washington, D.C. (WBJ, 2/10)

Related: Mike Harreld will again join the Institute for CSR as a guest speaker for the session focused on Sustainability & Ethical Behavior of Corporations.

HOUSING | For the first time in two years, Fairfax County will disburse federal housing choice vouchers to 280 of the 831 individuals and families that were wait-listed. Due to federal sequestration cuts, funding for housing programs had been unavailable since 2013. (WaPo, 2/10)

HOUSING/EQUITY | Opinion: As many homeowners in Prince George’s County are facing the reality of living in an area with the highest foreclosure rates in the region, questions arise about how to rebuild equity in a once-thriving market. (WaPo, 2/11)

WORKFORCE/YOUTH | D.C. mayor to expand summer jobs program up to age 24 (WaPo, 2/10)

DISTRICT | D.C.’s Population Growth Is Slowing. This Is Who’s Coming and Going. (WCP, 2/10)

REMINDER FOR WRAG MEMBERS | Learn how to Get on the Map tomorrow at 2pm with a short webinar (register here). This webinar will be repeated on March 12 and April 9. Learn more about the Get on the Map campaign to improve the quality, timeliness, and availability of grant data for and about WRAG members here.



Ever had one of your social media accounts send out spam on your behalf? Sometimes it happens…even if you work there.

– Ciara

WRAG members named to WBJ Power 100 list

The Washington Business Journal has released its third annual Power 100 list, featuring the region’s power players with the most influence in the community. Congratulations to the leaders of WRAG member organizations who made this year’s list! (WBJ, 10/23)

  • Rosie Allen-Herring, President and CEO, United Way of the National Capital Area
  • Carolyn Berkowitz, Managing vice president/community affairs, Capital One Financial Corp.
  • Chet Burrell, President and CEO, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • Wes Bush, Chairman, president and CEO, Northrop Grumman Corp.
  • Nicky Goren, President and CEO, The Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation
  • Mike Harreld, Regional president, PNC Bank
  • Kim Horn, President, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States Inc.
  • Bill Marriott, Chairman, Marriott International Inc.
  • Robert Musslewhite, Chairman and CEO, The Advisory Board Co.
  • Chris Nassetta, President and CEO, Hilton Worldwide
  • Joe Rigby, Chairman, president and CEO, Pepco Holdings Inc.
  • Stu Solomon, Managing director for the Washington region, Accenture
  • Gary Tabach, Regional managing director for the Southeast, Deloitte LLP

DISTRICT | Here’s a rundown of the master development bids for the impending project at St. Elizabeths east campus. The winning bid is expected to be announced at the end of the year. (WBJ, 10/22)

– While a plan for changing the way homeless families are sheltered across the city is very necessary, could the recently-announced strategy for closing the D.C. General Homeless Shelter be overly ambitious? (WCP, 10/22)

More Cities Are Making it Illegal to Hand Out Food to the Homeless (NPR, 10/22)

NONPROFITS | We’re already aware of the importance of annual reports to convey an organization’s past, present and future, but here’s a great case for making those reports digital to expand their reach. (Chronicle, 10/23)

FOOD | Given how important good food and nutrition are to early childhood development, we’re excited to start hearing about efforts to bring healthy food and nutrition education to our youngest residents of the region. Next stop farm-to-preschool? (Gazette, 10/22)

EDUCATION | According to figures from Prince George’s County school system officials, the average SAT scores of students continue to decline. Scores in the county have dropped 77 points in the last two years. (WaPo, 10/23)

WORKFORCE | Labor Group Pushing for $15 Minimum Wage, Including for Tipped Workers (WAMU, 10/22)

In case you were wondering, D.C. has 98 toilets per 100 people.

– Ciara

New plan in Virginia for skilled jobs, speedier employment for veterans

Virginia Governor, Terry McAuliffe, has announced a job training plan that will better prepare workers for more skilled jobs and allow for the faster employment of military veterans. The plan is known as the “New Virginia Economy Workforce Initiative.” (WaPo, 8/13)

McAuliffe (D), who likes to call himself the state’s “chief jobs creation officer,” set a goal of graduating 50,000 Virginians from training programs in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and health fields — known as STEM-H — by the time he leaves office at the end of 2017.


Turning to the state’s military population, McAuliffe promised to double the number of veterans hired through the state’s Virginia Values Veterans program, and said he will ask 10,000 businesses to sign pledges to hire veterans.

HEALTH/FOOD │ Johns Hopkins University’s Center for a Livable Future and the Union of Concerned Scientists has released a fact sheet titled “Hospitals and Healthy Food: How Health Care Institutions Can Improve Community Food Environments,” which focuses on a new Farm Bill program and how it could help hospitals and community groups partner up in the prevention of chronic illness. (USCUSA, 8/5)

CSR │ Michael N. Harreld, Regional President of PNC Bank, discusses PNC’s strong commitment to sustainable business practices in this exclusive guest blog post. (Daily, 8/14)

– The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) celebrates the Hill-Snowdon Foundation – recipient of the 2014 NCRP Impact Award for Small/Midsize Foundation – and reflects on why they were so deserving of the honor. (NCRP, 8/11)

– Perhaps you’ve logged into Facebook lately only to find videos of people dumping buckets of ice water on themselves in what is known as the “Ice Bucket Challenge?” The challenge is actually a viral stunt to raise awareness about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Senior executives at Booz Allen Hamilton recently joined in – while wearing their business suits! (WBJ, 8/13)

PHILANTHROPY │ Exponent Philanthropy takes a look at what it means to “fund with intentionality” in this blog post. (Exponent Philanthropy, 8/14)

SIBs │ First Social Impact Bond Fails to Meet Halfway Mark Performance Target (NPQ, 8/13)

– Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority recently announced they were open to development opportunities near the Capital Heights, College Park and Huntington stations. Surprisingly, just two proposals were submitted for the three sites, which were for residential projects. (WBJ, 8/13)

In Housing Trends, Arlington’s in the 1920s, Greenbelt the ’30s, Reston the ’60s, and D.C. the 2010s (WCP, 8/13)

Which is America’s most miserable city for sports? No…it’s not the one you think it is!


Building Green: PNC’s Regional President talks sustainability with Institute of CSR

By Michael N. Harreld
Regional President
PNC Bank – Greater Washington Area

Last month I had the pleasure of speaking with students participating in the Institute for Corporate Responsibility certificate program regarding PNC’s commitment to sustainable business practices.

For PNC, going green has made good business sense. We didn’t start out seeking to be the world’s leader in green buildings, but thanks to Gary Saulson, our forward-thinking head of corporate real estate, PNC has had more newly constructed buildings achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council than any other company on earth. At last count we were at 232, including PNC Place, our LEED Platinum certified regional headquarters in downtown DC.

Why build green? It benefits all of our constituencies:

• Employees: Healthy workspaces make for happy employees. And happy employees are more likely to stay on board. Ours also have taken great pride in trumpeting PNC’s leadership in this arena.
• Customers: Not only do our customers love coming into our Green Branch® locations and office buildings, but many customers also tell us that they’ve moved their accounts to PNC specifically because of our green building practices. That’s extremely rewarding and demonstrates how consumers select brands whose business practices they respect.
• Shareholders: Our shareholders have been fully supportive of our investment in building green. While occasionally there are higher upfront costs, we are achieving ROI through lower energy costs and increased efficiencies.
• Communities: By building green, we reduce our impact on local infrastructure and often spur new business development in our communities.

The ICR students had some great questions about what’s involved in making the decision to go green and how we’ve been able to maintain this level of sustainability. Several asked how they could take these ideas back to their workplaces.

As I mentioned to them, it has to be part of an overall strategy that starts from the top. Our CEO, senior leaders and board of directors have been behind this practice since we opened our first green building in Pittsburgh in 2000. And no one has looked back. We’re fully committed to reducing energy consumption, cutting operating expenses and increasing employee satisfaction. (In fact, we’re currently building The Tower at PNC Plaza, which will open in Pittsburgh next year as the world’s greenest office tower.)

While PNC has made its mark by building green, some companies may want to simply retrofit existing buildings. It’s important to evaluate economics and practicality.

But we can all get in the act somehow.

Can’t build green? How about setting goals to reduce paper usage or increasing recycling? In 2013, we reduced paper usage per employee by 10.7 percent, and since 2009, we have reduced our total usage by 37.5 percent through adoption of new procedures and technology and through employee behavior. We also have increased our recycling rates and expect we can get to 90% recycling in all of our branches.

As responsible corporate citizens, we can all do something to make our communities greener.

To learn more about PNC’s environmental business practices, click here.

Anthony Williams to lead Federal City Council [News, 4.20.12]

LOCAL | Former D.C. mayor Anthony Williams has been named the new CEO of the Federal City Council. In a statement, Michael Herreld, PNC Bank regional president and trustee of the organization, said, “Not only is he uniquely qualified, but his long track record of accomplishments in the District of Columbia makes him the perfect candidate for the job.” (WaPo, 4/20)

INEQUALITY | On the Washington Area Women’s Foundation blog, Nicky Goren writes about the impact of the gender wage gap on women and their families (WAWF, 4/16):

When you look at the budget of a low-income, single woman with children, one of the first things you’ll notice is that pretty much every dollar is reserved for the most basic necessities. In Washington, DC, half of her income might go toward childcare, another third could be reserved for rent, and the rest will barely cover bills, food, transportation and the needs of her children. When women aren’t paid for the full worth of their work, the effect is often felt by children, extended family, and entire communities… This is especially true for low-income women and their families.

AGING | One thing that has come up numerous times at WRAG’s Working Group on Aging meetings is just how to talk about older adults (or the elderly, or seniors, or elders, or senior citizens…). There’s definitely no consensus. (NY Times, 4/19)

HEALTH | Life Expectancy Varies Widely in the Washington Area (WaPo, 4/19)

EDUCATION | Supervisor Calls For More Transparency in Fairfax Schools (WAMU, 4/20)

FOOD | Good news for those of you who like to eat crabs (gross). (WAMU, 4/20)

PHILANTHROPY | 12 more billionaires sign on to Buffett/Gates pledge (CNN, 4/19)

Being somewhat claustrophobic, I really hope that these houses don’t catch on, even if they are affordable and environmentally friendly.