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Friday, December 26, 2014

Adaptive Skiing Helps People with Injuries Stay Active

We'll follow a group of "adaptive" skiers who are still hitting the slopes, even after serious injuries.

How Strong Is D.C.'s Safety-Net Hospital?

United Medical Center is D.C.'s only hospital east of the Anacostia River.  We'll explore its troubled past, and how it's faring now.

Researchers Work to Better Understand the Brains of Deaf Language Learners

In the first known study of its kind, researchers from Georgetown University Medical Center and Gallaudet University have shown that the language we learn as children affects brain structure, as does hearing status.

This Week on Metro Connection: Hall of Fame (Rebroadcast)

From how deaf people learn language to how skiing helps injured individuals heal, here are some favorites from 2014.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Virginia Lags In Using Money Allocated To Help Small Businesses

When the economy crashed in 2008, many people were concerned about small businesses. That was the driving force behind the creation of the State Small Business Credit Initiative. But so far, the program has been a bust — at least in Virginia.

In Annapolis, An Arts Scene Grows

The Maryland capital — best known for its politics and maritime history — has drawn together a collection of diverse visual artists and musicians who are quite literally making a scene.

Walmart Seals Deal For Store At Skyland Center In Southeast D.C.

The retailer is now fully signed on to be the anchor of the shopping center in Ward 7.

Fairfax Police Ordered To Release Officer ID For 2013 Shooting

John Geer was fatally shot in front of his home in 2013, and after 16 months of silence, a Fairfax County judge is ordering police to release the name of the officer.

Ethics Panel Recommends Major Changes To Virginia's Redistricting Process

A panel headed by former Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling has laid out a series of suggestions that would radically change redistricting in the commonwealth, with the goal of removing partisan politics from the process.

Low Turnout Expected In Special Election To Replace Barbara Comstock In Virginia

There are just a few weeks left in the special election between Republican Craig Parisot and Democrat Kathleen Murphy in Virginia's 34th District, and experts say that based on recent history, things could really go either way.

Monday, December 22, 2014

D.C. Gets 'C' On Homelessness Report Card

The DC Fiscal Policy Institute released its report card on D.C.'s efforts to help homeless families. Giving the city a "C" average, the card says "the District is taking steps" that may or may not result in any real change.

DC Water Head Says Pipes Need To Be Replaced

DC Water made headlines last week, and not for good news. Now, the head of the agency says it's time for the system to be updated.

Nurses Go On Strike At MedStar Washington Hospital Center

Nurses are staging a one-day strike at MedStar Washington Hospital Center following months of negotiations between MedStar and the labor group National Nurses United.

Prison Deaths Reporting Bill By Rep. Scott Is Signed Into Law

The Death in Custory Reporting Act was renewed by Congress and signed by President Obama.

Where Are All The Deer? Hunters For The Hungry Report 17-Year Low In Donations

A Virginia organization that connects hunters in the commonwealth with local organizations that serve the hungry reports a major shortage in venison donated this year.