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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Fans Celebrate Baseball, Nats' Home Opener

With the Nationals' home opener against the Reds, fans from around the Washington D.C. area weigh in on the sport of baseball and what it means to them.

Trolley Service To Be Expanded To Del Ray

Trolley buses of the sort made popular in Old Town Alexandria are being expanded into Del Ray, based on their popularity in the area.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Trayvon Martin's Parents Respond To Zimmerman Arrest

The parents of Trayvon Martin were in D.C. on Wednesday, and spoke at the Washington Convention Center after hearing of the second-degree murder charge levvied against George Zimmerman.

There's An App For That: D.C. 311 Now On Mobile Devices

Those looking to report pothole or request trash removal in D.C. may have an easier time of it, now that the District has an app that ties residents right into the 311 system.

Reports: Zimmerman To Face Criminal Charges

According to reports, George Zimmerman will be brought up on criminal charges for his role in the February shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin. A press conference is scheduled for 6 p.m. today.

Station Names For Silver Line Unveiled

Following a survey in February that saw thousands of responses, Fairfax County has released a tentative list of station names for the new stops that will appear along the Silver Line.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Door To Door: Foxhall Village, D.C. And Pimmit Hills, Va. (Originally broadcast Nov. 18, 2011)

This week, we visit Northwest D.C.'s Foxhall Village and Virginia's Pimmit Hills.

Program Helps Young Immigrants Adjust To Life In D.C. (Originally broadcast Nov. 4, 2012)

We meet immigrant children trying to find a place in the District's public schools, and hear about a program that helps them work through challenges such as language and cultural barriers.

World Piano Champ Makes Old-Time Rag Music New Again

Virginia resident Martin Spitznagel is the World Champion of Old-Time Piano playing and can turn anything from Gershwin to video game tunes into ragtime.

'Seize The Days' Documents A Life With Cancer (Originally broadcast Jan. 6, 2012)

Oncologist Evan Lipson is helping cancer patients share their stores in an audio-recording project known as "Seize the Days."

Comic Pursues Vision While Losing His Sight (Originally broadcast Dec. 9, 2011)

Justin Purvis is pursuing his dreams of comedy and acting even as he loses his eyesight.

Washingtonians Remember The Subtle Signs Of Segregation (Originally broadcast Jan. 27, 2012)

We go back in time to find out how segregation was enforced in the nation's capital in the 1930s.

Birds Change Tunes To Adapt To The Urban Jungle (Originally broadcast Dec. 9, 2011)

Birds are having an increasingly hard time being heard above the roar of sound in our urban jungle.

NASA Builds An Extra-Chilly Successor to Hubble (Originally broadcast Jan. 13, 2012)

We visit NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, where scientists are hard at work on the high-tech -- and ultra-chilly -- James Webb Space Telescope.

This Week On Metro Connection: Spring Break

We take a spring break pause to revisit some of our favorite stories of recent months.