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Friday, June 12, 2015

As D.C. Heats Up, Advocates Urge Residents Not To Forget The Homeless

Homeless issues tend to be more in the forefront of people's minds in the winter, but that population is also particularly vulnerable on sweltering summer days. Here is how the public can help.

E-Cigarettes Banned In Montgomery County Bars, Restaurants

As of Friday, electronic cigarettes can no longer be used in bars and restaurants in Montgomery County. It's the first such indoor ban on "vaping" in the D.C. region.

After Visit To Cuba, Rep. Beyer Discusses U.S. Relationship With Castro Regime

The relationship between Cuba and the U.S. continues to improve since an initial thaw late last year. Virginia Rep. Don Beyer recently returned from a trip to the island nation and spoke with WAMU 88.5 News about it.

Metro's Horrible 2015 Reaches Halfway Point With Another Safety Problem

It's about the halfway point of a tough year for the D.C. region’s subway system — one that started with the death of a passenger in a cloud of smoke on the Yellow Line — and Metro is now dealing with new challenges.

Metro Orders More New Railcars, But Riders Won't See Them For A While

Faced with a July 26 deadline, Metro’s leadership on Thursday voted to go ahead and place an order for an additional 220 7000-series railcars — which are expected to be put into service by the end of the decade.

Labor Unions And Minority Groups Focus Virginia Ground Game

Labor unions and minority groups in Virginia are celebrating a major victory this week after forming a coalition that successfully campaigned for a slate of Democrats.

This Week On Metro Connection: Milestones

We'll bring you stories of the moments that define and change our lives, with a show we're calling "Milestones."

What Can Metro Do To Improve Subway Service? The Feds Have Some Ideas

Transportation reporter Martin Di Caro breaks down the latest stories from the realm of trains, planes and automobiles.

Beating The Odds: Besting Food Allergies, Homelessness, On Path To Graduation

As part of our Beating the Odds series, we'll meet high school senior Coumba Gueye, who has struggled with homelessness and severe allergies, but is now heading to college on a full scholarship.

Door To Door: Old Town Fairfax City, Va. And River Terrace, D.C.

It's our ongoing journey around the region. This week we'll visit Old Town Fairfax and the River Terrace neighborhood of Northeast D.C.

Beating The Odds: Student Flees Cameroon With Family, Starts Anew In D.C.

Georges Ngayap, 19, is a high school senior who came to this country as an asylum seeker just two years ago, and his tale of perseverance will inspire you.

Should D.C. Expand Its Summer Jobs Program To More 20-Somethings?

Mayor Muriel Bowser has proposed expanding the District's summer jobs program to include participants up to 24 years old. But the D.C. Council is skeptical of the idea.

Joseph's House: Where Homeless D.C. Residents Find Comfort In Their Final Days

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Joseph's House, a hospice facility in D.C. that was founded to care for dying homeless people, particularly those living with HIV.

The Long, Hot Summer Ahead For D.C.'s Homeless Children

Summer is a milestone eagerly anticipated by many children. Not necessarily so for the children at D.C.'s Ketcham Elementary, many of whom are homeless and often struggle just to eat.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Montgomery County Close To Approving Mandatory Paid Sick Leave For Workers

Mandatory paid sick leave legislation has failed in Congress, as well as in the Maryland General Assembly. But the Montgomery County Council is poised to go in the opposite direction.