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Monday, November 9, 2015

Museum Hosts Discussions On Women's Role In The Arts

When many organizations talk about change in the arts, women are often left out of the discussion. The National Museum of Women in the Arts is trying to change that.

Service Returns To Stadium-Armory Metro Six Weeks After Transformer Fire

A devastating transformer fire prompted Metro to warn riders that they wouldn't be able to restore service to the Stadium-Armory station until Spring. Work finished way ahead of schedule.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Coalition Renews Argument For Closing Montgomery County Schools On Muslim Holiday

In 2014, Montgomery County schools removed all religious references to holidays on the official calendar, in response to controversy. Officials hoped the compromise would end the dispute. It didn't.

D.C. City Administrator Says He Bought That House Ethically, Thank You Very Much

As the PAC established by supporters of D.C. Mayor Bowser comes under increased scrutiny, D.C.'s political world is beginning to look smaller and smaller. Take the case of City Administrator Rashad Young and his new house.

Could Alexandria Election Lead To Tighter Disclosure Requirements?

Alexandria Mayor-elect Allison Silberberg is concerned about a part of the city code she calls the 10 Percent Rule. It allows city council and planning commission members to own as much as 9.99 percent of a project they are considering, without disclosing it.

D.C. Developer Faces Questions Over Contribution To Bowser-Affiliated PAC

A donor to a controversial political action committee allied with D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser testified before the D.C. Council on Thursday that he “couldn’t recall” who asked him to donate $10,000 to the group earlier this summer.

Your Letters

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

Why Metro's General Manager Search Took So Long

Earlier this week, Metro was on the cusp of hiring a new general manager. But the candidate pulled out after his name was leaked to the media. We find out why the transit agency is having so much trouble recruiting a new leader.

Why More Federal Prisoners Will Be Released In Virginia Than D.C., Maryland

The U.S. Sentencing Commission has made a move to start releasing nonviolent drug offenders early in an effort to curb mass incarceration. But in the D.C. region, one state is expected to release by far the most inmates released. Why?

A Palestinian Musician Imagines A Quieter Life — On Mars

Palestinian musician Huda Asfour plays the oud, one of the oldest instruments in the world. She says her hypnotic debut album, "Mars, Back and Forth," imagines a place without borders — a hard thing to find while growing up transient.

Should 16-Year-Olds In D.C. Get To Vote For President?

A bill introduced this week in the D.C. Council would lower the voting age in the nation's capital to 16. It would make Washington, D.C., the first jurisdiction in the U.S. to allow people under 18 to vote in not just local, but also federal elections.

Why Some Meridian Hill Park Drummers Say The Beat Isn't What It Used To Be

The popular Sunday afternoon drum circle in D.C.'s Meridian Hill Park started in the 1960s, as part of the black liberation movement. Now some long-time drummers say the beat isn't what it used to be.

This Week On Metro Connection: Nov. 6, 2015

We'll visit a Capitol Hill rowhouse that once was home to an influential lesbian separatist collective, The Furies. And we'll meet the woman behind the effort to grant 16-year-olds the right to vote in the nation's capital. Plus, we'll stop in at the Sunday afternoon drum circle that's been a tradition in Washington since the 1960s to hear why some say the beat just isn't what it used to be.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

D.C. Would Lower Voting Age To 16 Under Proposed Law

Sixteen-year-olds can drive, they can pay taxes and they can even be charged as adults in the criminal justice system. Should they also be allowed to vote?

In Midst Of Turmoil, Metro Finally Gets A New General Manager

The leadership of Metro’s board of directors has reached an agreement in principle with Paul J. Wiedefeld, who formerly led BWI Airport, to be the transit authority’s next general manager, potentially ending a search that began more than one year ago.