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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Petition Calls On McDonnell To Veto Voter ID Bill

Opponents of the Virginia bill that would require voters to present identification at the polls have collected more than 6,000 signatures calling on Gov. Bob McDonnell to veto the bill, saying its intention is to disenfranchise certain voters.

Budget Picture Rosier In Montgomery County, At Least For Now

Montgomery County executive Isiah Leggett released an ambitious budget for the next year that includes dozens of new positions and bonuses for county workers without raising taxes -- but things could change if Maryland foists teacher pension costs on counties.

Embattled Alexandria Superintendent To Face School Board

A recent auditor's report about dysfunction on the books of Alexandria's school system has put school Superintendent Morton Sherman on notice -- tonight the school board will meet to decide his fate.

Judge Orders Release Of D.C. Police Policies

The D.C. Police Department took pains to conceal documents outlining policies for emergency response, but a judge has ordered their release.

D.C. Tests Out Polling Equipment Ahead Of Primary

With a Democratic primary on our doorstep, the District Board of Elections and Ethics is testing the equipment and software that will be used by area polling places.

Viewing Social Injustice Through Virginia's Living History

Instead of deferring to the history books on the issue of Virginia's segregationist past, several groups are calling for a renewed focus on building a living history from those who were actually there.

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."