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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Students In Northwest D.C. Break Ground On 'People's Garden'

Students at Bell Multicultural High School will be putting in the work, as well as reaping the rewards, as they learn what it takes to make a garden successful.

Bus Dispatcher To Stand Trial For 2011 Crash

A Virginia bus dispatcher who ignored a driver's complaints of fatigue prior to causing a crash that killed 4 people will stand trial for involuntary manslaughter.

PHOTOS: YouthBuild Public Charter School

Students at the YouthBuild Public Charter School spend almost half their time on a construction site learning the construction trade, and the other half pursuing their GED certificate.

Trayvon Martin Supporters Plan D.C. Rally Saturday

The death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin has sparked a federal investigation and protests, including one planned in downtown D.C.

Maryland's 'Move Over Law' Campaign Underway

A one-month campaign is underway to remind drivers to move over when emergency crews and officers are working along roadways.

Maryland Senators Take Up Helmet Bill For Moped Riders

Moped and motor scooter riders may soon be required to wear helmets and eye protection in Maryland.

Friday, March 23, 2012

D.C. Gigs: The 'Voice Of God'

In this month's D.C. Gigs, we meet a "Voice of God": a professional announcer who makes the announcements you hear at galas and conferences in the nation's capital.

American Graduate: Going Beyond The Classroom's Four Walls To Prevent Dropouts

In the latest in our American Graduate series, we find out what school officials are doing to keep tabs on students during the hours when they're not in the classroom.

The Location: From Hell's Bottom To Murder Bay To Bloodfield

In the years following the Civil War, the District was so lawless that the city was full of unsavory-sounding neighborhoods, such as Hell's Bottom and Murder Bay.

Door To Door: Glover Park, D.C. And Hope Park, Va.

This week, we visit Hope Park, Va., and the Northwest D.C. neighborhood of Glover Park.

From Brownfield To Superfund Site: Baltimore's Sauer Dump

What does it mean for a community when the EPA declares a part of your neighborhood a Superfund site?

Prince George's County Cracks Down On Illegal Drag Racing

Four years after a deadly drag-racing crash, Prince George's County officials say new rules have been slowing down aggressive drivers.

Betting Big On D.C.'s Next Big Snack Craze

Could popcorn be the new cupcake in D.C.? These local entrepreneurs are putting all their kernels in one basket and saying yes.

Washingtonians In Startup-Land: In The Trenches At The Fort

Washington, D.C. isn't known as a mecca for tech startups, but if the folks at The Fort have their way, that soon will change.

This Week On Metro Connection: Taking Risks

This week we take a plunge, live on the edge and otherwise engage in risky business.