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Friday, February 10, 2012

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."

Thursday, February 9, 2012

'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.

Firefighter Dies After Fall From Overpass

An Alexandria firefighter has passed away after falling from an overpass while responding to an emergency call.

Virginia Assembly Vets GPS Tracking Bill

A bill in the Virginia legislature would make it illegal for a person to use GPS to track another person without consent.

Virginia DUI Bill Would Increase Penalties For First Offenders

Republican lawmakers in Virginia are trying again this year to strengthen the penalties for first-time DUI offenders.

Pepco Impersonators Hit Columbia Heights

Thieves posing as Pepco and other utility employees have targeted several homes in Columbia Heights in recent weeks.

Before The Internet, TV Was The Disruptive News Technology

The Internet has been lauded in the last several years for its role in affecting social change across the globe. It's easy to forget that decades ago, it was television news that was helping people agitate for change.