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Friday, November 11, 2011

Door To Door: 16th Street Heights, D.C., And Aspen Hill, Md.

It's our weekly trip around the region. This week, we visit 16th Street Heights in Northwest D.C. and Aspen Hill, Md.

[Music: "No, Girl" by John Davis from Title Tracks]

D.C. Gigs: For Whom The Bell Tolls

In our monthly D.C. Gigs segment, we meet the man who makes the bells toll at the Washington National Cathedral.

[Music: "Working for the Weekend" by The Brown Derbies from We Deliver]

Making Old-Time Music New Again

A Virginia man who's been named the "World Champion of Old-Time Piano Playing" explains why ragtime music deserves a second look.

Keeping Trees Thriving In Our Urban Jungle

What's needed to keep trees thriving in our urban jungle? We tag along with some urban foresters who decide which trees get planted where in our nation's capital.

Deciding What Students Should Know

The District is joining a nationwide effort to overhaul what and how American students are learning.

In The Political Trenches: Virginians Go To The Polls

We get the lowdown on Virginia's elections and how the results will affect local residents.

[Music: "Too Close For Comfort" by Frank Sinatra from Come Dance With Me!]

Preparing For Military Service: Inside ROTC

We go inside the Reserve Officers' Training Corps, or ROTC, with a local group of college seniors preparing for military service.

[Music: "Soldier of Love (instrumental)" by Sade from Soldier of Love]

Washington, D.C.: The Most Heavily Defended City In The World

Historian Paul Dickson explains why Washington, D.C. was once a city surrounded by nearly 70 forts.

[Music: "Wide Open Road" by The Triffids from Wide Open Road]

This Week On Metro Connection: In The Trenches

We go "in the trenches," with stories about people engaged in battles or struggles of all kinds.

[Music: "Every Little Bit Hurts" by John Davis from Title Tracks]

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Families Of USS Cole Victims Pull Together

uss cole damage

With the alleged mastermind of the USS Cole attack arraigned in Cuba, the families of the victims in the attack talk about how they have pulled together as a group to support one another.

BWI To See $100M Expansion

A $100 million project will soon add more than 8,500 square feet to BWI airport, which has seen record air traffic in recent months.

Flags Lowered To Honor Maryland Soldier

State and national flags are at half-staff in Maryland Thursday, in honor of 41-year-old U.S. Army Lt. Col. David E. Cabrera, who died in October.

Regulators Limit Menhaden Fishing

Fishing regulators are restricting the harvest of the menhaden to try to rebuild its population in the Chesapeake Bay.

Fair Housing Forum Heads To Silver Spring

Montgomery County is aiming to address the issue of fair housing for people with disabilities in a forum later today in Silver Spring.

Washington Monument Repairs Planned For Next Week

Engineers will be back rappelling down the Washington Monument next week for repair work. The monument sustained cracks in this summer's 5.8-magnitude earthquake.