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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Washington Monument Closes Due To Elevator Malfunction

Visitors hoping to see the view from the top of the Washington Monument were out of luck Thursday.

At D.C. Hearing, Groups Argue Over Proposed Pepco-Exelon Merger

D.C.'s Public Service Commission is trying to determine whether the city's electric utility, Pepco, should be allowed to merge with national energy giant Exelon.

Panel Recommends That Taller Fence Be Erected Around White House

A review of the U.S. Secret Service in the wake of multiple incidents where fence-jumpers made it onto the White House grounds is recommending, among other things, that a taller fence be erected around the executive mansion.

Voting Didn't Do It, So D.C. Settled Two Tied Elections By Drawing Names

What happens when an election in D.C. is tied? The Board of Elections settles it with a game of chance.

Resignation Is Start Of Comeback, Hopes Va. Politician Accused Of Sex With 17-Year-Old

Del. Joe Morrissey says he will resign effective Jan. 13, then run in the special election to fill the vacancy.

Maryland Lawmakers Played Role In Release Of Alan Gross From Cuba

State lawmakers say they had a hand in the release of Maryland resident Alan Gross from Cuba yesterday.

Hogan Plans To Stick To Maryland Tax Cut Promise, Despite Budget Shortfall

The state of Maryland is facing budget shortfalls last year, but Governor-elect Larry Hogan says he is sticking to his campaign promise to cut taxes, but just don't expect specifics yet.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Children Of D.C. General Seek Comfort And Joy During The Holidays

Hundreds of children will spend Christmas at D.C. General, the city's largest homeless shelter.

How A D.C. Charter School Once Slated For Closure Changed Its Fate

While IDEA Public Charter School was once among the poorest-performing schools in D.C., it's managed to turn things around.

Door to Door: Damascus, Md. and Georgetown South, Va.

It's our ongoing journey around the region. This week, we'll visit Damascus, Md. and the Georgetown South neighborhood of Manassas, Va.

This Week On Metro Connection: Follow-Ups

Wonder what's become of some of the people and places we've featured in shows past? This week we'll bring you the latest update.

Alexandria's Chirilagua Slowly Empties as Residents Prepare for Redevelopment

Residents of the predominantly Latino area of Arlandria-Chirilagua say looming development is pricing them out of the Alexandria neighborhood.

D.C.'s Animal Control Officers Say More Rights Mean More Protection

The animal control officers at Washington Humane Society say having some of the rights and responsibilities as police officers will help them better perform their duties.

Tangier Island Celebrates Tradition Of The Past With A Wary Eye To The Future

For half a century, a group of pilots has delivered holly boughs and Christmas gifts to Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay. But with erosion and a precipitous rise in sea level expected in the island's future, residents wonder how much longer these traditions will last.

Frager's Hardware Expected To Be Back Under One Roof By 2017

A year and a half after a fire ravaged Frager's Hardware, the 94-year-old Capitol Hill institution is on the road to rebuilding.

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