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Friday, February 24, 2012

American Graduate: How The U.S. Stacks Up To Other Nations

We find out why the U.S. consistently lags behind other developed countries when it comes to the percentage of students graduating from high school.

A Virginia Family Works To Retain A Nearly-Forgotten Language

A Northern Virginia man and his family are trying to preserve the Native American language, Myaamia, decades after its presumed disappearance.

The Location: A Long-Forgotten 'Tunnel of Slime' Under Washington

In the latest series of The Location, we find out the significance of a tiny, often-ignored building known as the Lockkeeper's House.

A Mom-And-Pop Pharmacy Celebrates 100 Years In Georgetown

In an era dominated by CVS, Walgreen's and Rite-Aid, it's increasingly rare to find a locally-owned Mom-and-Pop-style pharmacy. But this year marks the 100th anniversary of Morgan's Pharmacy: an independently-owned Georgetown establishment.

This Week On Metro Connection: Rarities

With that quadrennial oddity, Leap Day, on its way, this week we're all about rarities: the weird, unusual, or seldom-seen people, places and things of the Washington region.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Officers Investigating Suspicious Letters Sent To Congress

Counter-terrorism investigators and other law enforcement agencies are looking into more than half a dozen suspicious packages sent to members of Congress.

Funding For Public Broadcasting In Virginia May Be Saved

Funding for public broadcasting in Virginia may not disappear completely after all, under a budget amendment approved by state senators.

IPhone Mugging Victim Speaks

D.C. police are out in force battling an uptick in street crime this winter, but one woman whose iPhone was stolen last fall says MPD treated the crime as routine.

Former D.C. Commander To Sue District For Demotion

A former D.C. police commander whose division provided a police escort to actor Charlie Sheen is planning to file a lawsuit against the city.

Maryland Senate To Debate Same-Sex Marriage Bill Today

A proposal to approve same-sex marriage in Maryland comes before the state senate today. Republicans are expected to attempt to amend the bill to delay implementation until after a referendum.

Women's Group Targets Harassment On Metro

Victims of sexual harassment, and in some cases assault, on the Metro took their complaints to the D.C. Council this week, urging the D.C. government and Metro to take harassment more seriously.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Amendment To Virginia Ultrasound Bill Passed

After a national outcry over a Virginia bill that would have requirde that women to have invasive ultrasounds prior to an abortion, legislators in Virginia's House struck the controversial provision.

Huguely Found Guilty Of Second-Degree Murder

After nine hours of deliberation, a jury found former UVA lacrosse player George Huguely V guilty of second-degree murder for the violent slaying of his ex-girlfriend Yeardley Love in 2010. The jury also recommended a sentence of 26 years.

National Cathedral Repairs Now Estimated At $20 Million

Officials with the National Cathedral now say that repair costs are expected to exceed initial projections -- totalling in the area of $20 million.

Radioactive Isotope Found In North Anna Groundwater

Officials with Dominion Power say they have found evidence of double the amount of a radioactive isotope allowed by federal regulations in the groundwater at the North Anna nuclear powerplant.