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Monday, November 30, 2015

Paul Wiedefeld Takes Helm Of Metro, But Don't Expect Immediate Results

Monday marks the first day on the job for Paul Wiedefeld, Metro's new general manager, but many of the problems that hamper the transit system will take some time to fix.

Rising Enrollment In Northern Virginia Schools Outpaces Neighboring Districts

Student enrollment is on the rise across the D.C. region, but not uniformly so — putting more stress on school districts in places like Loudoun County.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Obama Spends Saturday Shopping For Books In D.C. (And He Loves Franzen)

President Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha made a surprise visit to Upshur Street Books, an independent book store in Petworth, on Saturday, picking up nine books for holiday reading.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Stiff Competition Emerges In Montgomery County Over Medical Marijuana Licenses

As Maryland ramps up its medical marijuana program, applicants in parts of Takoma Park and Rockville are fighting a stiff battle to get a handful of licenses.

Your Letters

We open up the ol' Metro Connection inbox to hear some of your responses some of our recent shows.

This Week On Metro Connection: Nov. 27, 2015 (rebroadcast)

This Thanksgiving week, we're digging into the Metro Connection archives, and presenting some of our favorite stories about food, family, and traditions. Enjoy!

How Paul Reed Smith Built a Guitar Empire on Maryland's Eastern Shore

Famed guitar maker Paul Reed Smith is celebrating his 30th anniversary of building instruments on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

A Seventh-Generation Maryland Farmer Embraces Her Roots

For 27-year-old Nora Crist, farming is in her blood: her family has been working the land in Howard County, Maryland, for hundreds of years.

Captain Rachel Dean: High School Teacher by Weekday, Waterman by Weekend

Captain Rachel Dean has been working on the water for years — but don't call her a "waterwoman." The southern Maryland native says she and her fellow female watermen — while a minority — are every bit as hard-working as the boys.

Where Is Food Insecurity Greatest In The D.C. Region? There's A Map For That

Even in a wealthy area like the D.C. region, hundreds of thousands of people are at risk of going hungry. But how do you locate them, to give them the help they need?

Longtime Chef For The Homeless Hangs Up His Apron

After 14 years feeding some of the city's neediest residents, Chef Steve Badt has helped change how people think about cooking for the homeless.

Baby Boomers Back In the D.C. Startup Game, Working With Their Kids

Think "startup" and you might think young millennials or Gen Xers. But it turns out people in their 50s and 60s are launching new businesses faster than anyone.

Man Works To Preserve His Brother's Restaurant Dreams

When a restaurant owner suddenly died, his brother decided to take on his sibling's culinary legacy.

Forget The Cronut: Is D.C. On The Cusp Of A Kolache Craze?

A mouth-watering treat is coming to D.C., by way of the Czech Republic... and Texas.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

On Black Friday, Walmart Workers In D.C. To Demand $15 Wage

Walmart workers in Washington and other cities will be spending Black Friday protesting for higher wages.