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Friday, December 5, 2014

Mobile Group Of Protesters Shut Down D.C. Streets Again Over Garner Decision

Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of D.C. again Thursday night to protest the lack of indictments in either the case of Eric Garner or Michael Brown, both unarmed black men who died in altercations with police.

Maryland Sets Off Fiery Debate With Plan To Allow Fracking

The O'Malley administration's upcoming plans to allow for "safe drilling" in Maryland are unlikely to end the debate over fracking.

This Week On Metro Connection: Close To Home

From condos to communes, we'll explore the meaning of home, sweet home in the Washington region.

Former Homeless Man Works To Give Hope To Baltimoreans On The Fringe

Thomas Hicks was homeless for years. Now he's trying to help others in similar situations.

Can Takoma Park Keep Its Crunchy Character As It Grows?

Takoma Park residents ponder how new development may affect one of Maryland's most famously progressive communities.

Creating New Sense Of Home After A Troubled D.C. Childhood

A young man in transitional housing talks about the meaning of "home" mean when your childhood was marked by family turmoil.

Why It's Tough To Find Home-Buyers For Low-Income Units In D.C.

It can be remarkably tough to fill affordable housing units in Washington D.C., despite an abundance of low-income residents looking for a place to live, thanks in large part to an abundance of red tape.

Why D.C. Breweries Say They're Drowning In Red Tape

D.C. brewers say the bureaucracy involved in opening a brewery is harder to see through than a freshly-poured Guinness, and it's affecting their bottom line.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Police Urge Sexual Assault Victims Of MCPS Substitute Teacher To Come Forward

Jose Pineda was first arrested after an incident in September, when a female student at Roberto Clemente Middle School accused him of inappropriately touching her. Montgomery County Police say there could be more possible victims.

Process Begins To Overturn Virginia's Abortion Regulations

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is putting the pieces into place to fulfill a campaign promise to overturn controversial new regulations on abortion clinics.

Barry Returns To Wilson Building As D.C. Begins To Bid Him Farewell

The late Marion Barry returned to the Wilson Building on Thursday, kicking off three days of services to remember the man the city knew as the mayor for life.

Fairfax Connector Routes Adjusted To Serve Silver Line

With several months of Silver Line service to assess, transportation officials are tweaking the scheduling and routes for the Fairfax County Connector.

To Fix Federal Transportation Problems, Report Says Ditch Highway Trust Fund

The pool of federal money that goes towards transit and highway projects is dependent on a gas tax that hasn't increased since 1993. A report from the Eno Center for Transportation says the government should ditch that structure altogether.

Maryland Lawmakers Line Up Bills On Booze For Next Year

The groundwork is being laid already for a number of bills that will be put forward in Maryland next year, and half a dozen so far from the Montgomery County delegation touch on alcohol.

Protesters Hit D.C. Streets After Garner Ruling In New York City

Following a decision not to indict the New York Police Department officer who killed a man named Eric Garner with a chokehold, protesters blocked streets from Dupont Circle to Adams Morgan amid outcry against 'racist' police.

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