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Friday, January 2, 2015

The 'Delta Collection': Sneaking A Peek At The Library Of Congress' Erotica Stash

The Library of Congress holds a vast collection of reference materials and books — including plenty of erotica and pornography.

Out of the Vault and Into the Light: Precious Shakespeare Works to Tour U.S.

On the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death, copies of his First Folio will exit the Folger Shakespeare Library vault and tour the nation.

This Week On Metro Connection: Behind Closed Doors (rebroadcast)

We'll bring you stories of the secret and surreptitious, from underground vaults to off-the-record dinner parties to what happens behind the scenes at the White House.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

New Year Brings Minimum Wage Bump For Workers In Maryland

A minimum wage bill passed in Maryland last year means the state's lowest-paid workers will see an extra 75 cents per hour on their paychecks.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Another Year, Another Deadline For Sequestration

Congress faces an October deadline this year to stave off another round of major budget cuts, and Sen. Mark Warner is hoping wiser heads will prevail in the new year.

Homeless Advocates Praise Bowser's New DHS Head

Laura Green Zeilinger, a longtime advocate of the homeless, has been announced as D.C. Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser's new Department of Human Services head.

Streetcar Opening Awaits Fourth D.C. Mayoral Administration

Mayor Vincent Gray has confirmed that the D.C. Streetcar system along H Street will not open New Year's Eve Day, which means the long-awaited transit line will await the mayoral administration of Muriel Bowser.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

What Does Zeilinger Pick Say About Bowser's Approach To Homelessness?

The D.C. mayor-elect wants Laura Green Zeilinger to lead the Department of Human Services. Does that mean she's serious about tackling homelessness?

Shooting Victim Misidentified By D.C. Police

A man shot by D.C. police last week was misidentified to reporters and the public.

D.C. Party Bar McFadden's Closed After Stabbings

The self-described "most iconic Irish party bar" in the District of Columbia is temporarily closed, after five people were stabbed there this weekend.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Homicide Watch D.C. Coming To An End

A website devoted to documenting every homicide in the District of Columbia is shutting down this week.

Mayor Gray Cuts Ribbons, Celebrates Economic Growth In Shaw

"One of our principal objectives was to stimulate the economy and try to diversify the economy in the city, and being able to see that Shaw is coming back in the way it is, is absolutely extraordinary," Mayor Gray said.

Lawmakers Fear Threat Of Sequestration In 2015

With the new year just around the corner, lawmakers in the D.C. region fear the across-the-board budget cuts called sequestration will soon kick back into gear.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Parents Push For Bilingual Education In Prince George's County

For two years, a parents group has touted the merits of a bilingual education in Prince George's County — something that has finally found its way into the county's budget proposal for the next fiscal year.

Gray Touts Education Improvements During His Tenure

Dozens of schools have seen renovations under the tenure of outgoing D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray — something he is keen to focus on in the waning days of his tenure.