Local News from WAMU 88.5

Friday, August 7, 2015

Is D.C.'s Newest Public Pool Coming To A Neighborhood Near You?

Ward 3 in Northwest Washington has long been one of the wealthiest parts of the city, but it's one of the few areas of D.C. without its own swimming pool. That may soon change.

Virginia Ballroom Dancers Twirl Their Way To The Top

We take a spin around the dance floor with Rose-Ann and Mike Lynch of Fredericksburg, Va., retired Marines who've become ballroom dancing.

D.C. Soccer Pro Sacrifices To Pursue The Sport She Loves

As a member of D.C.'s professional women's soccer team, Joanna Lohman says despite being tough on the body and on the bottom line, her job is still rewarding.

Clips: Eddie's Hair Creations Booming Even As Adams Morgan Changes

In our ongoing series on D.C.'s barber shops, we visit Eddie's Hair Creations, whose owner dreams of moving back to Ghana to open his native country's first barber school.

Fishing Versus Farming: Aquaculture And The Future Of Chesapeake Bay Oysters

Maryland's oyster trade is evolving as more watermen give up "hand tonging" and move into aquaculture.

One Teacher's Journey Through The Challenges Of A High-Risk School

We'll hear from a high-achieving DCPS teacher who says she's struggling with burnout after eight years on the job.

After Nearly 40 Years, U.S. Senate Historian Prepares To Retire

Donald Ritchie, the historian of the U.S. Senate, is retiring after nearly 40 years on the job.

Whatever Happened To Herb From Peaches & Herb? He's Been Here In D.C. All Along

Herb Feemster is a security officer in D.C. now. But back in the day, he had a string of hits as part of Peaches & Herb.

Maryland Couple Shows Rushing Into Marriage Not Always A Bad Idea

In March, Margaret Berry pledged her eternal devotion to Frank May, in an intimate wedding ceremony in Easton, Maryland. What set these nuptials apart? Margaret is 90, and Frank is 93.

This Week On Metro Connection: Aug. 7, 2015 (rebroadcast)

We'll meet Washingtonians with a singular devotion to work, and a passionate dedication to play, as we bring you tales of duty and dedication.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

No Word Yet On What Caused Metro Derailment; Single-Track Service Restored

Single track service has been restored on the Blue and Orange Lines following a derailment this morning, but the evening commute still promises to be chaotic.

Sen. Tim Kaine On ISIS, Iran And Obama's Carbon Emissions Plan

The Virginia Democrat talked with WAMU 88.5 about getting Congress to vote on authorizing U.S. military operations against Islamic State militants. The senator also discussed the Iran nuclear deal and President Obama's proposed power plant regulations.

Startups' Need For Speed Nudges Montgomery County To Install New Wireless Network

Young companies at the Silver Spring Innovation Center will have access to UltraGig, a "wireless fiber" setup that offers high-speed Internet access.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Short-Term Transportation Bill Means Lingering Headaches For D.C. Area, Experts Say

Congress has passed yet another temporary patch to keep the fund that pays for highway and transit projects from running out of money. But these kinds of patches are bad for the Washington region's needy infrastructure, experts say.

Capitol Hemp Reopens, And This Time Around, A Lot Less Is Forbidden

Capitol Hemp, run by activist Adam Eidinger, had closed in the fall of 2012, about a year after police had raided it. Now it's open again, and certain things are no longer taboo, given the change in D.C. marijuana laws.