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Friday, October 2, 2015

'A Terrible Day' — 9 Killed By Gunman In Oregon Town

At least nine people were killed by the gunman and one witness said the attacker demanded to know students' religion before shooting them on Thursday, the fourth day of class at Umpqua Community College.

Following Charter Schools' Lead, One D.C. Public School Adopts Longer Year

Raymond Education Campus in Petworth is the first D.C. public school to try an extended school year, keeping students in school for 200 days instead of the traditional 180 days.

This Week On Metro Connection: Oct. 2, 2015

We'll find out why D.C. is selling off some of its public housing -- in the midst of an affordable housing crisis. We'll hear from commuters who are so fed up with service disruptions and delays, they say they're quitting Metro. Plus, we'll talk with people who say they've been victims of predatory car-title lending in Virginia.

Should D.C. Change Its Fiscal Year? It's 'Infinitely Simple,' or 'Very Complicated'

After being under the federal government's financial thumb for so long, Washington, D.C., soon could move closer to financial autonomy, by being allowed to move away from the feds' October-September fiscal year. But is gaining that measure of freedom worth the tens of millions of dollars the change could cost?

In The Midst Of Housing Crisis, Why Is D.C. Selling Off Public Housing?

The D.C. Housing Authority is renovating homes once used as public housing and selling them for top dollar — supposedly to fund public housing elsewhere. But housing advocates say the sales are government-sponsored gentrification.

Council Member Kenyan McDuffie On His Strategy For Counseling 'At Risk' Youth

A D.C. Council member wants to try a different approach top stop the city's recent crime surge: identify the youth most likely to be involved in violence and help them turn their lives around with mentoring... and money.

Clips: 50 Years Of Cutting Hair In D.C.'s Farragut Square

He arrived in D.C. from Puerto Rico with just enough cash for  a taxi ride. Nearly 60 years later, Jose Rodriguez now trims, coils and shaves high-powered attorneys, politicians and globetrotting World Bank staffers.

'Feeder Crime' Data Serve Maryland County's Desire For A Lower Murder Rate

As many cities grapple with a rise in violent crime, Prince George's County is finding success using data to prevent homicides, while also targeting the root causes of violence.

Filmmaker Haile Gerima Pushes Against Convention At Howard University

D.C. filmmaker Haile Gerima helped spearhead a movement that took a more international, and less Hollywood, approach to the craft. As a professor at Howard University, he's helping film students find their own voices.

Inside The Fast-Cash World Of Virginia Car-Title Lenders

Virginia cracked down on payday lenders in 2009, but critics say the industry that's cropped up to replace them is just as predatory.

Why D.C.-Area Commuters Say They Are Dropping Metro

With Metro stumbling through its worst year since 2009, we talk with commuters who are so fed up with the system's unreliable service, they say they're breaking up with it.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

D.C. Moves To Obtain Stadium Land Using Eminent Domain

Under a deal with D.C. United, the District needs to acquire land needed to build a soccer stadium. But it appears that negotiations with the landholder aren't going well, because Mayor Muriel Bowser's administration has filed to take the land using eminent domain.

New Arlington County Homeless Shelter To Offer More Than A Place To Sleep

Arlington County has invested millions in the facility, called the Arlington Homeless Services Center. The center says it offers a range of services under one roof.

LISTEN: Even Ahead Of Hurricane Joaquin, It'll Be Really Wet In D.C. Region

Jason Samenow of the Capital Weather Gang explains how the next few days will see a lot of rain, regardless of where and when Hurricane Joaquin starts to push from the southeast.

With D.C. Schools No Longer 'Broken,' Next Step Is More Relevancy, Chancellor Says

Graduation rates are up, truancy is down, enrollment is up, and now DCPS must start focusing on doing even more for students, Chancellor Kaya Henderson said in her "state of the schools" remarks and in earlier comments to reporters.