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Friday, April 24, 2015

The 'Delta Collection': Sneaking A Peek At The Library Of Congress' Erotica Stash

The Library of Congress holds a vast collection of reference materials and books — including plenty of erotica and pornography.

Out Of The Vault And Into The Light: Precious Shakespeare Works To Tour U.S.

On the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death, copies of his First Folio will exit the Folger Shakespeare Library vault and tour the nation.

This Week On Metro Connection: Behind Closed Doors (rebroadcast)

We'll bring you stories of the secret and surreptitious, from underground vaults to off-the-record dinner parties to what happens behind the scenes at the White House.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

How Some Maryland Bars Have Been Breaking An Election Day Law For Decades

Electoral politics can be enough to drive anybody to drink — but until this legislative session, one Maryland city had laws on the books that specifically prohibited hitting the suds on election night.

Picky Pollinator Finds Maryland Less Positive For Procreation

The insect in question is the Baltimore checkerspot, and there are only 11 wild colonies left, all in the state's western end.

Speed Does Kill: Study Reaffirms Ideas Behind D.C. Pedestrian Safety Plan

As D.C. becomes the seventh U.S. city attempting to eliminate all traffic deaths, a new study is cementing the link between high speeds and the failure to yield to pedestrians.

Baltimore Protests Continue Over Freddie Gray's Death

"He was a typical Sandtown kid," one neighbor said about the man critically injured while in police custody. Demonstrators marched onto a highway onramp and faced a line of officers blocking their way Wednesday night

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Fairfax County Growing Much Slower Than Its Neighbors, Census Shows

In the last five years, Fairfax County, Virginia, has seen the slowest rate of population growth in the region.

Bowser And Racine Spar Over Power Of Newly Elected Attorney General

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Attorney General Karl Racine are fighting over competing visions as to how much power the newly elected attorney general's office should have.

Man Saved After Wheelchair Goes Off Metro Platform At U Street

A surveillance video from the U Street Metro station shows a man falling on the tracks after his wheelchair rolled off the platform.

Firehouses, Supervisor Salaries, Arts Funding: Choices Pile Up In Northern Virginia Budgets

Things are changing in jurisdictions like Arlington, Alexandria and Fairfax County. The people who decide on local government budgets have had to make changes, too.

Justice Department Opens Baltimore Police Probe; Protest Held

There will be a federal civil rights investigation into the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who suffered a fatal spinal-cord injury under mysterious circumstances after he was handcuffed and put in the back of a police van.

For Legislation On Rape And Sexual Assault, Mixed Results In Maryland

Two bills regarding the kits used to collect evidence from victims of sexual assault and rape were successful, but other measures related to sex crimes did not make it through the General Assembly.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Maryland Isn't Doing Enough To Address Police Accountability, Say Some Lawmakers

The death of Freddie Gray after he suffered a fatal injury while in the custody of Baltimore police has led to the suspension of six officers, but the Maryland General Assembly ignored the majority of so-called "police accountability" bills during its yearly session.

Fairfax County Supervisors Sharply Divided Over Budget

Elected officials across the region are putting on their green eyeshades this week, approving budgets for fiscal year 2016. In Virginia, most of the votes have been unanimous, although members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors are sharply divided.

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