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Friday, July 10, 2015

Right-To-Die Bill Brings National Debate To D.C. Council

The Council's health committee is holding a hearing on the "Death With Dignity Act" proposed by Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3).

Metro Connection: July 10, 2015

Three months before the Baltimore police trial in the death of Freddie Gray, we'll take a walking tour of the city and see how it's faring after the riots. Plus, we'll check in on efforts to curb a critter eating away at our region's ash trees, and visit Virginia's newest charter school.

Your Letters

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

Door To Door: Petworth D.C., And Laurel, Maryland

It's our ongoing journey around the region. This time, we'll visit Petworth in Northwest D.C., and Laurel, Maryland.

Music Isn't Just Entertainment For Some Patients — It's Life-Changing Therapy

Before a stroke robbed him of the ability to sing and speak, Jim Bob Rodriguez was active in various men's choirs and barely ever missed a week singing at church. Three years later, he's regaining his ability to both sing and speak, thanks revolutionary music therapy.

Amateur Photographer Brings Baltimore Protests To Life In New Exhibit

Baltimore native Devin Allen was the third amateur photographer ever to make the cover of TIME Magazine. Now his images of the Baltimore riots are going on display in his home town.

Maryland's Ash Trees At The Mercy Of Invasive Asian Beetle

The Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive beetle native to China, has made its way to Maryland's Eastern Shore. The pest already has killed millions of ash trees across North America.

Despite Obstacles, Charter School Movement Making Gains In Virginia

Why does Virginia have so few charter schools? The issue could be front-and-center in the next General Assembly election.

Months After Freddie Gray's Death, Charm City Determined To Hold On To Its Charm

Residents of Baltimore say they are not defined by the issues of police brutality and poverty that propelled the city into the news. Hans Anderson spent a few days traversing the city to give us an audio postcard.

Longtime Chef For The Homeless Hangs Up His Apron

After 14 years feeding some of the city's neediest residents, Chef Steve Badt has helped change how people think about cooking for the homeless.

Spread Love: Making Busking In D.C. Into A Full-Time Job

A group of childhood friends have turned playing music on the street from a passion to a full-on professional that pays their bills.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Demonstrators Call For D.C. To Dump Donald Trump

Thursday brought a barrage of criticism against GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump over his inflammatory comments about Mexican immigrants.

Hogan Opposes Changing Maryland State Symbols With Confederate Ties

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is pushing back against efforts to change or remove official state symbols that have Confederate ties, including the state flag and the state song.

Long-Delayed D.C. Streetcar Months From Opening, Says DDOT Chief

The District’s first streetcar line in more than half a century — beset by a bevy of construction and planning problems — is nearing completion but remains “months” from opening to the public.

McAuliffe, As Cheerleader-In-Chief, Tries To Refashion Virginia Economy

"I'm just sort of getting warmed up," the governor told the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments this week.