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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Virginia Sees Surge In Teen Driver Deaths

The rate of teen driver deaths in Virginia is up dramatically over the same period last year, mobilizing safety advocates to emphasize the importance of seat belts, obeying the speed limit, and putting down the phone.

Green Tech On Display At Washington Auto Show

It's a great weekend for those who love cars, as the big automakers like Chevy are in town for the Washington Auto Show, pushing their improvements in efficiency in small cars.

Red Line Service Restored After Cracked Rail

Red Line commuters had a rough go of it this morning as a crack in the rail at Tenleytown caused 30 minute delays. Service has been restored.

Advocates Fight Against Weakening Virginia's Gun Laws

Gun control advocates, including one man whose sister died in the Virginia Tech shootings in 2007, went to Richmond this week to oppose a series of bills that would loosen gun laws in the commonwealth.

Accused Pentagon Shooter Pleads Guilty

The man accused of shooting at the Pentagon and other military intallations in the D.C. area plead guilty on three counts today.

Maryland Legislator Would Tweak Ballot Petition Process

One Maryland lawmaker is looking to reform the process for certifying a ballot petitions in the state after controversy surrounded the voter petition on the "DREAM Act" last year.

Government, Business Leaders Growing Weary Of Occupy DC

Occupy DC seems to have worn out its welcome, as city government and business leaders once again called for removal of the encampment this week. 

Friday, January 27, 2012

Door To Door: Kingman Park, D.C. And Great Falls, Va.

It's our weekly trip around the region. This week, we visit D.C.'s Kingman Park and Great Falls, VA.

The Latino Neighborhood Of Chirilagua Braces For Change

Residents in the working class neighborhood of Arlandria-Chirilagua say their neighborhood is going to change dramatically now that the Alexandria City Council has approved a major new development for the area.

D.C. Neighborhoods Work for Environmental Justice

A local advocate who fights pollution east of the Anacostia River discusses why minority communities are often disproportionately affected by pollution.

A Family Tries To Reverse A Cycle Of Dropping Out

In the first story of our American Graduate series, we hear from a family that's seen four generations fail to make it through high school.

Latino Community Targets Pedestrian Deaths

Latinos say their community is disproportionately at risk when it comes to collisions involving pedestrians.

The Past, Present And Future Of A School Founded By African Americans

A school founded by free blacks and former slaves in 1858 is continuing to thrive, even as other Catholic schools in the District close.

Washingtonians Remember The Subtle Signs Of Segregation

A picture showing "Colored Only" signs in D.C. in the 1930s has sparked a bit of mystery and controversy over segregation during that time.

This Week On Metro Connection: Race And Ethnicity

We explore a topic that's always just below the surface, but rarely discussed in Washington: Race and ethnicity.