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Friday, August 21, 2015

VCU, Johns Hopkins Take Action Relative To Investigations On Sexual Violence

More than 130 institutions nationwide are under investigation under federal Title IX for the way they have handled specific cases involving sexual violence or harassment.

D.C. Memorial Event Planned For Julian Bond Near MLK Statue

The gathering will occur at the same time the civil rights leader's family scatters his ashes in the Gulf of Mexico.

As Killings Spike, D.C. Officials Blame Influx of Illegal Guns From South

D.C. officials say they have seized hundreds of illegal guns this year alone, but admit that stopping the flow of weapons from Southern states will be difficult.

Virginia's Public Schools Need More Money For Teachers, Say Education Advocates

As kids head back to school, parents, teachers and administrators are gearing up for a fight in Richmond, hoping to win greater state support for public education.

At McLean's Clemyjontri Park, A Place For All Children To Play In Perpetuity

Fairfax County is home to one of the first large-scale parks in America built so "typical" children and children with special needs can play side by side.

How Has Fairfax County's Rapid Growth Affected The Environment?

Decades of development have been good for the bottom line, but conservation groups are concerned about what has been done to local watersheds.

From A To B: Fairfax County Grapples With Perennial Traffic Problems

We'll look at Fairfax County's most pressing transportation problems in the return of our transportation segment, from A to B.

Fairfax County's Economy, Long Driven By Uncle Sam, Seeks A New Engine

The county is chock full of empty office space, due to a reduction in spending by the federal government, leaving local officials seeking ways to make up the difference.

Koreans Help Drive Dramatic Growth In Fairfax County's Asian Population

Fairfax County's Korean community boasts three daily newspapers, its own television channel, and growing political influence.

Jewish And Muslim Communities Pursue An Interfaith Partnership In Fairfax County

We'll visit a synagogue where Jews and Muslims are sharing much more than just space.

The Georgelas Family: Three Generations Of Building Fairfax County

John Georgelas built his first home in 1963 from a kit ordered through a catalog. More than 50 years later, his family is playing a major role in the redevelopment of Tyson's Corner.

A Town Founded By A Former Slave Seeks To Hold On To Its Heritage

Gum Springs, Virginia, was founded by a former slave who's rumored to be the son of our nation's first president.

This Week On Metro Connection: Aug. 21, 2015 (rebroadcast)

We'll take an audio tour of Virginia's most heavily-populated county, and meet some of the 1.1 million people who call it home.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Does Fracking Cause Earthquakes? New Maryland Seismometer Will Find Out

The Maryland Geological Survey plans on installing the state's second seismometer out in Western Maryland, in advance of any hydraulic fracturing — or fracking — activity that could take place starting in 2017.

Court: Ex-Virginia Governor Can't Remain Free During Appeal

A federal appeals court on Thursday refused to allow former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell to remain free while he appeals his public corruption convictions to the U.S. Supreme Court.