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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Man Gets Life For Maryland Trooper Murder

Cyril Williams, convicted of killing Maryland state trooper Wesley Brown in June 2010, has been sentenced to life in prison plus 25 years, with no possibility of parole.

National Archives And Big Broadcast Talk About Impact Of Radio In The '40s

Ed Walker, host of the Big Broadcast, will present a program that discusses life in the 40s and how radio impacted and enriched those lives.

National Cathedral Unveils Rosa Parks Statue

The Washington National Cathedral is unveiling a new granite statue in honor of civil rights icon Rosa Parks.

Police Arrest Davis In Petworth Tourist Murder

The same man arrested for an alleged assault of a young woman with a hammer has been charged with first-degree murder in another case in Petworth.

Webb Proposes Bill For Congressional Approval On Military Conflicts

Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) has introduced legislation to limit the executive branch's ability to get into military conflicts without congressional approval.

Sen. Jim Webb has introduced a bill requiring Congressional approval on U.S. involvement in military conflicts.

Friday, May 11, 2012


We turn the microphone over to you, and read from your letters.

Door To Door: Woodridge, D.C. And Del Ray, Va.

This week, we visit Woodridge in Northeast D.C., and Del Ray in Alexandria, Va.

Foster Mom Opens Doors To D.C.'s Youth

With Mother's Day approaching, we talk with a D.C. foster mom about why she's spent 16 years opening her home to some of the city's neediest kids.

Meet Arena Stage's 'Youth Wrangler'

Alexandria Wood serves as the shepherd, wrangler and cheerleader to child actors at D.C.'s Arena Stage.

Kaya Henderson: Big Plans For D.C. Public Schools

DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson talks about her ambitious plans to get more District kids to come to school and graduate.

Kenilworth Seeks A Place For Kids To Play

A piece of land in Northeast D.C. once served as the city dump before a recreation center was built on the site. That rec center has since been torn down, and residents say neighborhood kids are badly in need of a place to play and hang out.

Being Gay And Republican In The Nation's Capital

With the headlines full of national debate over same-sex marriage, what is it like to be gay and Republican right now, especially in a Democratic-leaning city such as Washington, D.C.?

From A To B: Families Try To Bring Back Walking, Biking To School

A generation ago, many American kids walked or biked to work. Now, some families are trying to revive that tradition.

Northern Virginia Father Writes His Way To Hope

We meet two Virginia kids coping with a rare genetic condition, and hear how their dad is honoring them, and coping with his grief over their diagnosis with a new young adult novel.

This Week On Metro Connection: Youth

We explore what may be the most fleeting -- and consequential -- phase of life: youth.