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Thursday, August 28, 2014

After Near-Death Experience, Maryland Man Thanks Woman Who Saved His Life

In May while jogging, Michael Liu collapsed and went into cardiac arrest in a park in Rockville. A passerby, Heather Von Kurtz, helped save his life.

Testimony Wraps In McDonnell Trial, Closing Arguments Expected Friday

Leaving the courthouse this afternoon, the former Virginia governor said he was confident in his legal team's defense: "We've got three of the best law firms in the country that are working on this case."

Maryland Legislator Among 145 Arrested At White House Immigration Protest

Maryland State Delegate Ana Sol Gutierrez, who hails from El Salvador, was among those arrested for civil disobedience during an immigration protest at the White House this afternoon.

Former D.C. Council Candidate Sentenced To 60 Days For Thompson Links

Jeff Smith, who ran for a Ward 1 D.C. Council seat in 2010, admitted to taking $140,000 in illegal contributions from businessman Jeffrey Thompson.

Repaving On Connecticut Avenue In Montgomery County Snarls Traffic

Work repaving parts of Connecticut Avenue in Montgomery County is expected to slow traffic in the area through Friday.

H Street Drivers Still Getting Accustomed To Streetcar

Streetcars are still a new sight on H Street Northeast, which partially explains why operators have had to stop repeatedly for cars parked across the travel lane.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Former Washingtonian Swings Into Town As Spider-Man

Moe Alafrangy's mom enrolled him in a martial arts class to help him make friends. They had no idea that long-ago decision would lead to his current gig as a superhero.

Bookend: Acclaimed Novelist Alice McDermott on the Difficulties and Delights of Writing Fiction

In this month's chat about the local literary scene, we talk with acclaimed novelist Alice McDermott.

From The Streets To The Barber Shop: One Man's Effort To Start Anew

Andre Simms has been shot, stabbed and served time in prison. Now he's trying to chart a new path — as a barber.

D.C.'s Safe Haven for Globetrotting Students

For more than 75 years, the International Student House has accommodated thousands of foreign students working and studying in Washington, D.C.

After Years Of Turmoil, Howard University Community Says Future is Bright

Howard University has seen its fair share of struggles over the past few years. But students and alums say they're optimistic the school's new president can turn things around.

This Week On Metro Connection: Learning The Ropes

As kids head back to school, we'll look at the lessons we learn in the classroom — and beyond — with a show we're calling "Learning the Ropes."

Researchers Work To Better Understand Brains Of Deaf Language Learners

In the first known study of its kind, a team of researchers from Georgetown University Medical Center and Gallaudet University has shown that the language we learn as children affects brain structure — as does hearing status.

Dog Tag Bakery Gives Wounded Veterans A Fresh Start

Many wounded veterans have a hard time finding work when they return home, but a new venture in D.C. is hoping to change that.

Once A Vandal's Paradise, McKinley Tech Celebrates 10 Years Since Reopening

In 1997, McKinley Technical High School was closed and essentially abandoned. On Monday, it celebrates the tenth anniversary of its reopening.

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