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Monday, July 27, 2015

Critics Outline 'Crisis Of Confidence' Between Fairfax County Police, Public

A commission created earlier this year to review the Fairfax County Police Department's conduct in several high-profile cases has some harsh criticism to deliver.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Woman Comes Face To Face With 64-Year-Old Portrait At African Art Museum

Black and white photos by S.O. Alonge captured the life and society in Nigeria as that country moved towards independence more than 60 years ago. Recently, one of the subjects of his portraits came face to face with herself.

Could New Ozone Regulations Sink D.C. Transportation Funding?

The Environmental Protection Agency is poised to adopt new ozone standards later this year, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce says it could cost us federal funding for the Purple Line.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Fairfax County Finds That A Boost Of Creativity Goes A Long Way For The Aging

Creative Aging programs have taken hold throughout the D.C. region. At one senior center in Virginia, a piano man finds energy in music, and a lady has brought a lot of friends into the program.

As Capitol Hill Debates 'Sanctuary Cities,' D.C. Comes Under Scrutiny

Under a bill introduced by a Texas Republican this week, D.C. would have to abandon its longstanding policy of limiting cooperation with federal agencies on immigration enforcement.

Feds Say Metro Needs To Chip Away At Maintenance Backlog

A top federal transportation official says her agency is ready to work with Metro to improve the safety of its rail and bus systems.

To Head Off Avian Flu, Maryland Bans Chickens At County Fairs

Maryland agricultural officials are banning poultry exhibitions at fairs starting next month, part of an attempt to stop avian flu from coming to the state.

The Chesapeake Bay Is Getting Cleaner, But Advocates Say Not Quickly Enough

The federal administrators and elected leaders overseeing the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay say there are signs that the watershed is getting cleaner. But environmental advocates say the restoration process is falling dangerously behind schedule.

This Week On Metro Connection: July 24, 2015

How should we remember Maryland's Confederate history? What would you pay to get from D.C. to Baltimore in 15 minutes? What secrets lie beneath an empty Georgetown lot? We'll seek answers to these questions and many more.

102-Year-Old D.C. Artist Embraces A Century Of 'Dancing In The Wonder'

At 102, D.C. resident Marilee Shapiro Asher is still a working artist and shares her life story in a new autobiography.

Marylanders, Divided During The Civil War, Grapple With Symbols Of Confederacy

Maryland officially stayed in the Union during the Civil War, but soldiers fought on both sides of the conflict. Today the state still has many symbols with Confederate ties.

Uncovering The Tale Of Yarrow Mamout, Former Slave, Muslim Man About Town

An effort is underway in Georgetown to solve a mystery: whether a Muslim slave from West Africa is buried on the property he owned after gaining freedom in 1796.

New Wildlife Action Plan Takes Data-Based Approach To Protecting D.C. Ecosystems

It's easy to forget it sometimes, but the ecosystem in the D.C. region is among the most biologically diverse in the United States. New data will give conservationists a better idea of how to preserve that diversity in the years and decades ahead.

The 'Prince Of Petworth' Moves Across D.C. For Better Schools

For the past decade, Dan Silverman has blogged about D.C. from his home in Petworth. Now, he's moving for a reason familiar to many of his readers: better schools.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

To Fight Synthetic Drugs, D.C. Looks To Hospitals For Help

D.C. officials scrambling to respond to what they say is an increase in the use of dangerous synthetic drugs are asking hospitals to help by testing patients suspected of having used the drugs.