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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Virginia Tries Again To Kill King's Dominion Law

Legislators in Virginia are trying again to take down the King's Dominion law, which prevents schools from opening before Labor Day unless they submit weather excemptions.

Activists To Protest SEC Delay On Financial Disclosure Enforcement

Activists plan to take a protest to the SEC tomorrow to express their frustration with the commission's unwillingness to enforce financial disclosure rules for oil, gas and mining companies.

Bill On Restraining Pregnant Inmates Stalls In Virginia


A bill supported by Planned Parenthood and the ACLU that would have restricted the used of restraints on pregnant inmates has stalled in a Virginia House committee.

Poll: Virginians Support Drug Testing, Divided On Health

A poll shows that residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia are divided on many issues, but one that most people seem to get behind is mandatory drug testing for recipients of social services.

'Robo-signing' And Deceptive Foreclosure Practices

The foreclosure crisis has led to a backlog of foreclosed properties nationwide, and five banks have been accused of using deceptive foreclosure tactics, including "robosigning" to move those processes along more quickly. Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler talked with Kojo Nnamdi about the abuses that took place, and how they affected Marylanders.

Arrest Made In D.C. Elementary School Sexual Assault

Police have made an arrest in the case of an alleged sexual assault of a minor that happened inside a D.C. public school, but DCPS officials say they are still planning to review security policies.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Four Lines Affected By Weekend Work On Metro

The Blue Line is the only Metro line spared this weekend, as DDOT inspects, improvements to cell phone coverage, and track maintenance prompt delays on the other four lines.

Making An Exercise Space for Muslim Women

A Northern Virginia community center is expanding cultural and community offerings to Muslims and non-Muslims in the Washington region.

Middle Schoolers Pour Out Their Hearts On Paper

On Valentine's Day, middle-school students in at-risk communities are competing for a chance to perform original love poetry at the Kennedy Center.

A Dancer Rises And Falls And Rises Again

Maryland native Alicia Graf Mack nearly had to give up her dreams of a career in dance -- but is back onstage right here in D.C. at the Kennedy Center.

American Graduate: Experts Examine The Risk Factors For Dropping Out

In the third part of our American Graduate series, we find out why researchers say they can predict as early as the third grade whether a student will graduate from high school.

New Wind In The Sails of Offshore Wind Advocates?

A new study by the University of Delaware finds Maryland could cover the state's entire energy needs -- and then some -- if it makes a big investment in offshore wind.

A Piano Prodigy Re-Learns A Long-Honed Skill

Ruth Antine has been playing the piano for 92 years - and still gives concerts at her Bethesda retirement home.

A Washingtonian Remembers A Capitol Hill Long Gone

A 93-year-old writer remembers her childhood on Capitol Hill in her new book, 301 East Capitol: Tales from the Heart of the Hill.

This Week On Metro Connection: Wild Cards

From the Capitol Hill of yesteryear to the exercise room of a Muslim community center, we bring you a mixed bag of "Wild Cards."