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Friday, March 20, 2015

This Week On Metro Connection: The Next Generation

We'll celebrate the official arrival of spring with stories of the young'ns among us.

Door To Door: Sterling Park, Va., And Galesville, Md.

It's our ongoing journey around the region. This time, we'll visit Sterling Park, Va. and Galesville, Md.

Central American Children Struggle To Adjust To Life In Washington Region

Now that thousands of children have fled Central America for the U.S., those in the Washington region are trying to cope with the upheaval in their lives.

A Different Drummer: 40 Years Of Funny With Barry Louis Polisar

Barry Louis Polisar has carved out a rarefied niche in D.C. and nationally as an offbeat children's entertainer.

What Can We Learn From The Latest Stats On D.C. Charter Schools?

D.C.'s charter schools have faced criticism in the past for their handling of special-needs students. How are they doing now?

Kids Live History At One-Room Seneca Schoolhouse In Maryland

For more than 35 years, young students from D.C., Maryland and Virginia have been whisked back in time at a one-room schoolhouse in Poolesville, Maryland.

Think Before You Hit Send: D.C. Entrepreneur Helps You Avoid Text Regret

If you've ever sent a text and then regretted it, a 28-year-old entrepreneur in D.C. has a solution for you.

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.

How A Blind Maryland Boy Defines His Life With His Music, Not His Disability

Cole Moran, 12, has been blind since birth; now he's gaining recognition for his talent as a harmonica player.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Governor, UVA President React To Student's Beating By Officers

The Virginia State Police are investigating the use of force in the arrest of Martese Johnson, a UVA student leader, early Wednesday.

Tweaks To Marijuana Decriminalization Draw Debate In Maryland Legislature

State lawmakers in Maryland are learning that decriminalizing marijuana isn't as simple as passing a law ending the potential of jail time for possession.

ACLU: 70 Percent Of People Killed By Police In Maryland From 2010-14 Were Black

Over the past four years, 109 were killed in police encounters in Maryland, and nearly three-quarters of them were African-American, according to the ACLU.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

What Does Metro Need More: A Transit Specialist Or A Financial Guru?

Maryland’s new transportation chief, Pete Rahn, is adding his voice to the growing number of public officials who say Metro should hire a "financial whiz" instead of a transit specialist as its next general manager.

Why Is It So Hard For Virginians To Access Public Records?

Virginia residents have a hard time getting information on everything from police records to statistics about apple production. Why?

Comptroller Reacts To Maryland Lawmakers' 'Raid' Of Pension Fund: 'You Just Can't Do That'

The Maryland House of Delegates has given preliminary approval to a budget plan that restores cuts to public education. But to do that, lawmakers made a move that has one top official shaking his head in disbelief.