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Friday, July 11, 2014

This Week On Metro Connection: Wild Cards

We're throwing our usual thematic approach to the wind this week and shuffling up a deck of "Wild Cards."

Beating the Odds: Finding Strength in Heartbreaking Loss

Although Donavan Blagmon lost both of his parents unexpectedly, they remain his inspiration as he heads to college this fall.

A Summer Camp for the Video Game Crowd

This D.C. camp is less about s'mores and campfires, and more about software and coding.

Trimper's Rides Takes Vacationers Back to Early Days of Ocean City

A new book tells the story of Trimper's Rides, an Ocean City attraction for more than 100 years.

'Abominable' Explores Relationship Between Bullies and Bullied in American Schools

The Hub Theatre in Fairfax wraps up its sixth season with "Abominable," a world premiere play that explores the line between boy and man, and man and beast.

Door To Door: Holmes Run Acres, Va. And Landgon, D.C.

It's our weekly trip around the region. This time around we'll visit Holmes Run Acres, Va., and Langdon, D.C.

Singer Grace Griffith Pushes Through Parkinson's to Record Final Album

Despite dealing with Parkinson's Disease, this local singer-songwriter was committed to producing one final album.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Metro To Add Longer Buses To Two Busy D.C. Routes

Metrobus riders on two routes traveling along 16th Street and Georgia Avenue NW often complain of overcrowding, and now the transit agency has responded by announcing that it will run longer buses on those routes.

Portion Of U.S. Capitol Closed Due To Asbestos Spill

The House side of the U.S. Capitol building is closed this morning because of an asbestos-related incident.

Portions Of 14th Street Remains Closed In Downtown D.C. Due To Sinkhole

A sinkhole will make the commute into downtown Washington more difficult than usual.

Virginia Democrats And Republicans Fight Over Investigating Senator's Resignation

Democrats and Republicans in Virginia are at odds over the value of investigating the state Senator Phil Puckett, who resigned last month to take a job at a state tobacco commission — and turned the Senate over to Republicans.

Virginia Lawmakers Schedule Special Session To Debate Medicaid Expansion

Republican legislative leaders in Virginia are scheduling a special session in September to debate whether to expand Medicaid eligibility.

Virginia Police Want To Take Explicit Photos Of Teen In Sexting Case

A Virginia teenager is fighting efforts by police who want to take photos of him in a sexually aroused state to try to prove a sexting case against him.

Ward 8 To Get First Bike Lanes This Summer

The District has more than 70 miles of bike lanes, but none in Ward 8. That will change this summer.

Signs Of The Time: Montgomery County Goes On Campaign Sign-Removal Blitz

The "visual" reminders of last month's primary election in Maryland have been removed in Montgomery County.

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