Federal employees are going back to work after the longest government shutdown in U.S. history ended late last week. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, President Donald Trump signed a bill funding the government for three weeks, meaning the threat of another shutdown persists with the president and congressional Democrats still at odds over funding for wall construction along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Called the "greenest office building in the world," the Bullitt Center in Seattle, Washington, generates its own electricity and its own water, collected from rain falling on the roof. Opened on Earth Day in 2013, the Bullitt Center has been nicknamed a "Living Building." Natasha Mozgovaya visited the green building to see for herself what makes it so unusual. Anna Rice narrates her report.
A New York disc jockey wearing a policeman's uniform. The outfit is not a costume, it's the work uniform of New York City Police officer who takes his hobby as a DJ seriously. Lieutenant Acu Rhodes says it started as a casual pastime, but quickly became a serious devotion. So serious that Rhodes, or DJ Ace, turned it into part of the NYPD's community policing outreach. Evgeny Maslv reports from New York City, in this story narrated by Anna Rice.
In her studio in Davidsonville, Maryland, artist Linda McCarthy takes all kinds of photographs: school students, family portraits and headshots. Last year, she started a new photography project, "Survivors." It focuses on women who survived or are being treated for breast cancer. Faiza Elmasry tells us more about this project. Faith Lapidus narrates.
It is especially difficult for people with disabilities to find opportunities to develop skills and make a living. But a program in Washington is helping artists with special needs get the kind of training they need to develop their skills and earn an income. Rendy Wicaksana tell us more about the non-profit group, Art Enables and the people it helps.