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Thursday, January 5, 2012

NVTC Considers Hiring Richmond Lobbyist

The Northern Virginia Transportation Commission is considering hiring a lobbyist to represent its interest within the commonwealth, despite some opposition to the idea.

Mansion To Replace President's Residence At UMD

A new mansion is replacing the president's residence at the University of Maryland College Park.

McDonnell Seeks $37M For Job Creation

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is looking to add another $37 million to job creation initiatives. 

Possible Harry Thomas Jr. Plea Makes For Distracting Day At Council

D.C. Council members got started on their 2012 legislative agenda Wednesday, but observers were far more interested in who wasn't in attendance: Harry Thomas Jr., the council member said to be close to a plea deal with federal prosecutors. 

Jobless Rates In NoVa Lowest In Commonwealth

Residents of Northern Virginia should count themselves lucky, with jobless rates well below the national average, and even other areas of the commonwealth.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Door To Door: Bellevue, D.C. And Cherrydale, Va.

It's our weekly trip around the region. This week, we visit Bellevue in Southwest D.C. and Cherrydale in Arlington, Va.

Photos Of Power: China's Empress Dowager

The Freer Gallery of Art is dusting off old black-and-white images of the woman once known as the most powerful in Asia: the Empress Dowager.

D.C. Playwright Shines The Spotlight On Married Sex

A local playwright takes her struggles with intimacy to the stage in a new comedy called Married Sex.

Environmentalists And Fishermen Team Up To Save Oysters

We go inside a new program designed to replenish oysters stocks in the Chesapeake Bay by teaching fishermen to farm.

Microbes May Come To The Rescue Of Endangered Frogs

A local researcher discovers a potential breakthrough in the global scramble to save endangered frogs.

From A To B: The Road To Political Gridlock In Va.?

As Virginia's legislative session gets under way, political divides may mean gridlock for lawmakers on the issue of transportation.

'Seize The Days' Project Documents A Life With Cancer

A local oncologist is launching an audio recording project to help cancer patients document how they've changed their post-diagnosis lives.

Laurel Mall Retailers Brace For Big Changes

As developers prepare to demolish Maryland's decades-old Laurel Mall, the retailers who call the space home are bracing for big changes.

This Week On Metro Connection: Taking Stock

We pause to reflect on the year ahead and talk with Washingtonians about what they want from 2012.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Dog Lost For Four Years Finds Home

A dog that went missing from his Maryland home four years ago was find near Annapolis last week, and reunited with his family.