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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Marshall Launching Bid For Virginia Senate Seat

Republican delegate Bob Marshall is throwing his hat the ring in the bid to fill the Virginia Senate seat recently vacated by Democrat Jim Webb.

Maryland Schools Get Top Ranking Fourth Year Running


Education Week has released their state report cards, and for the fourth year in a row, Maryland takes the top spot in the nation -- despite not quite scoring an A.

Banks Poised To Plead In Thomas Case

Marshall Banks, a man accused of helping former D.C. councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. steal hundreds of thousands in city funds, faces a plea hearing Friday.

Fare Hikes Discussed At Metro Board Meeting

Metro's board met on Thursday to discuss, among other things, the hiring of additional maintenance and safety personel and fare hikes.

Public Forum Will Discuss Montgomery County 2013 Budget

The budget for the fiscal year 2013 will be the subject of a Montgomery County public forum Thursday evening, and residents are urged to attend.

Three Shot Near Schools In SE D.C.

Three people were shot this morning near elementary schools in Southeast D.C.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Door to Door: Takoma Park and Burleith

It's our weekly trip around the region. This week, we visit the Takoma Park and Burleith neighborhoods of Washington, D.C.

Service Members Return From The War Front To The Home Front

When deployed overseas, many service members comfort themselves with thoughts of the warmth of home and family, but it can be hard coming home to spouses and children who have developed new routines and rituals. A Marine and his family talk about their strategies for overcoming the challenges of homecoming.

D.C. Region's Longest-Running Children's Theater Turns The Snowy Day In To A Musical

Adventure Theatre in Glen Echo, Md. is presenting a world-premiere musical based on the award-winning children's book The Snowy Day.

District Schools Seek to Leave Behind 'No Child Left Behind' Law

The District is joining approximately 40 states in applying for a waiver to the federal No Child Left Behind law.

Southeast D.C. Residents Protest A Planned Shelter

Residents in Anacostia are protesting plans to build a new shelter in their neighborhood because they feel it could compromise efforts to revitalize the area.

From A to B: New 11th Street Bridge Will Connect Downtown D.C. and Anacostia

The District is in the midst of its first major bridge repair in 40 years. The reconstruction of the 11th Street Bridge is nearing completion, and could change life for the city's Southeast quadrant.

D.C. Cracks Down On Prostitution

D.C. has adopted some of the toughest anti-prostitution laws in the country, but advocates for the District's sex workers say these laws only push prostitutes into the shadows, and leave many out in the cold.

NASA Builds An Extra Chilly Successor To Hubble

In NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center's "clean room," scientists are working on a revolutionary space telescope that will capture images of the first galaxies, with help from some very frigid temperatures.

This Week On Metro Connection: Out In The Cold

The mercury may be all over the map, but this week Metro Connection is all about being "Out in the Cold."