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Friday, February 13, 2015

Door To Door: Hunters Woods, Va., and Old Town Laurel, Md.

It's our ongoing journey around the region. This time around we'll visit Hunters Woods in Reston, Va., and Old Town Laurel, Md.

How Can Maryland Improve Business Climate? Commerce Secretary, Says Report

A much awaited analysis of methods to improve Maryland's business climate is getting strong initial support from top lawmakers in the General Assembly.

Prosecutors Say Georgetown Rabbi Recorded 150 Women In Ritual Bath

Prosecutors say Rabbi Barry Freundel secretly videotaped more than 150 nude women at a Jewish ritual bath, a far higher number than originally reported.

Pair Of D.C. Legislators Back Initiative To Support Black And Latino Boys

A pair of D.C. Council members say they back the school chancellor’s plan to provide more resources to minority male students. The proposal has been questioned by some for helping one group of students but not others.

Fairfax Woman Who Died After Being Tasered Suffered From Mental Illness

More details are emerging about the woman who died after being hit by a Taser stun gun at the Fairfax County Jail, including the fact that the woman suffered from a mental illness.

As Bridges Start To Show Their Age, Maryland To Inspect 27 Of Them

The state of Maryland is conducting safety inspections of 27 bridges that fit the profile of one along the Capital Beltway in Prince George's County, where a piece of concrete fell from the bottom of the bridge and hit a car.

Finding A Love That 'Sparkles' Later In Life

Larry Bell and Michelle Dompierre felt an immediate connection when they first met, but waited seven years to get married.

This Week On Metro Connection: Passion

We'll tip our hats to Valentine's Day with tales of both romantic love and the fervor Washingtonians feel for their jobs and hobbies.

A Chance Encounter In The Friendly Skies Leads To Lasting Love

Justina and Matt were seated next to each other on a plane ride overseas. The rest is history.

Meet The Ladies Of D.C.'s Ultimate Frisbee Championship-Winning Team

Ultimate Frisbee isn't just a hobby for the ladies of Scandal — the District's women's team — as they have traveled the country and the world, twice nabbing the national championship title.

'Granny And The Boys' Get Funky As D.C.'s Most Unexpected House Band

Octogenarian Alice Donahue might not be the first person you'd expect to see leading a funk band at a hipster dive bar in D.C.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Construction On 395 Will Be Minimally Disruptive, DDOT Says

District officials say the first phase of work at the 395-Third Street Tunnel project will cause minimal traffic problems — after dumping the idea of closing a stretch of the interstate highway to help out a real estate developer.

Should Minors Be Allowed To Use Tanning Beds? Maryland Senator Says No

Marylanders under 18 currently require parental approval to use a tanning bed in Maryland. But state Sen. Jamie Raskin doesn't believe that's enough.

Bowser Rolls Out Plan To Connect Homeless To Housing More Quickly

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser will hire four "housing navigators" who will be tasked with matching homeless families to housing units, a move that homeless advocates said was a step in the right direction.

'Healthy Dialogue' Needed On Race And Law Enforcement, Says FBI Head

The head of the FBI spoke at Georgetown University Thursday about one of the thorniest and pressing issues of the day: the relationship between law enforcement and minority communities.

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