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Friday, March 16, 2012

Anacostia Artist Makes The Old New Again

A new exhibit captures the work of an Anacostia artist who gives new life to the stuff we discard every day.

American Graduate: Schools Try To Expand On Success

In the latest in our American Graduate series, we consider whether successful strategies implemented in a single school can be expanded to several schools, or even a whole city.

The Sarah Play: A Theater Company Remembers One Of Its Own

Maryland's Round House Theatre is about to present the 10th annual Sarah Play, produced by area high school students to honor the memory of Sarah Emily Metzger, a Round House intern who died in a car accident.

Door To Door: Lincoln Heights, D.C. And Linden, Md.

This week, we visit Lincoln Heights in Northeast D.C. and the Linden neighborhood of Silver Spring, Md.

Arts Leaders Push To Revitalize The "Dupont Underground"

A nonprofit is trying to revitalize 75,000 square feet of streetcar tunnels under Dupont Circle.

From A to B: Metro Launches Ambitious Rebuilding Program

Metro is trying to revitalize an aging public transit system with its largest rebuilding program yet.

A Neighborhood Tries To Start Anew

The Parkside-Kenilworth neighborhood is in the midst of an ambitious program designed to forge a better future for the neighborhood's children.

D.C.'s Howard Theatre Gets A New Lease On Life

Developers are pouring millions of dollars into the renovation of a historic D.C. theater that helped launch the careers of Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald.

This Week On Metro Connection: Rebirth & Renewal

We celebrate the arrival of a spring that feels more like summer with a show about "Rebirth and Renewal."

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Cherry Blossom Peak Bloom Moved Up To Next Week

Cherry blossom experts have moved up the expected peak bloom time for the District's signature trees due to the warm weather.

Teen Comes To D.C. To Fight R Rating On 'Bully'

Students in the District were at the premiere of one bullying film this week, although an R rating may keep them from seeing another. One Michigan teenager came to D.C. this week to argue the case for a lower rating for the film with the Motion Picture Association of America.

Gray's Campaign Records Show Links To Suspicious Money Orders

Some of the same donors who contributed suspicious money orders to Council member Vincent Orange also show up in the campaign finance records of D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray.

Commentary: D.C. Students Need International Perspectives

Conversations about education these days often focus on test scores -- in math and reading in particular. But Commentator Eddie Mandhry says students in D.C. need more engagement with international affairs.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

O'Malley Gets Earful Over Gas Sales Tax Plan

The are many concerns regarding Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley's plan to apply the state sales tax to gasoline, and he heard an earful of those worries yesterday when he pitched the plan to lawmakers in Annapolis.

Virginia Congressman Testifies On How To Fix Congress

Few will disagree that Congress in its current state is almost iredeemably dysfunctional, but Virginia Congressman Tom Davis has suggested some ways to break the legislature's bad habits.