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Friday, June 12, 2015

Labor Unions And Minority Groups Focus Virginia Ground Game

Labor unions and minority groups in Virginia are celebrating a major victory this week after forming a coalition that successfully campaigned for a slate of Democrats.

This Week On Metro Connection: Milestones

We'll bring you stories of the moments that define and change our lives, with a show we're calling "Milestones."

What Can Metro Do To Improve Subway Service? The Feds Have Some Ideas

Transportation reporter Martin Di Caro breaks down the latest stories from the realm of trains, planes and automobiles.

Beating The Odds: Besting Food Allergies, Homelessness, On Path To Graduation

As part of our Beating the Odds series, we'll meet high school senior Coumba Gueye, who has struggled with homelessness and severe allergies, but is now heading to college on a full scholarship.

Door To Door: Old Town Fairfax City, Va. And River Terrace, D.C.

It's our ongoing journey around the region. This week we'll visit Old Town Fairfax and the River Terrace neighborhood of Northeast D.C.

Beating The Odds: Student Flees Cameroon With Family, Starts Anew In D.C.

Georges Ngayap, 19, is a high school senior who came to this country as an asylum seeker just two years ago, and his tale of perseverance will inspire you.

Should D.C. Expand Its Summer Jobs Program To More 20-Somethings?

Mayor Muriel Bowser has proposed expanding the District's summer jobs program to include participants up to 24 years old. But the D.C. Council is skeptical of the idea.

Joseph's House: Where Homeless D.C. Residents Find Comfort In Their Final Days

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Joseph's House, a hospice facility in D.C. that was founded to care for dying homeless people, particularly those living with HIV.

The Long, Hot Summer Ahead For D.C.'s Homeless Children

Summer is a milestone eagerly anticipated by many children. Not necessarily so for the children at D.C.'s Ketcham Elementary, many of whom are homeless and often struggle just to eat.

One Man, One Mountain, One Family Milestone To Conquer

Brian Whitmer's father and grandfather both died of heart attacks at 54. So when he saw that age coming, he responded in an unusual way -- by deciding to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Montgomery County Close To Approving Mandatory Paid Sick Leave For Workers

Mandatory paid sick leave legislation has failed in Congress, as well as in the Maryland General Assembly. But the Montgomery County Council is poised to go in the opposite direction.

Report: Condition Of D.C. Jail 'Alarming,' Improvements Needed For Inmates

Inmates housed in the District's two detention facilities face "crumbling" infrastructure, a suicide rate that exceeds national standards and facilities for youth that are considered inadequate.

Third-Rail Hazard On Agenda For Metro Briefing

It's the transit system's first meeting since the National Transportation Safety Board revealed potential short-circuiting problems.

After A Stunning Alexandria Primary, What's Next For The Waterfront?

Is there still room for compromise on plans that would tear down old warehouses and redevelop those properties? The path forward will become clearer after November's election.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

After Freddie Gray's Death, Unlikely Partnerships Emerge In Baltimore

In Baltimore, unlikely allies are teaming up in an effort to try to address disparities in the criminal justice system and problems in some of Baltimore's neighborhoods.