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Friday, October 17, 2014

For Howard University's Yardfest, A New Era Begins

The most famous event of Howard University's annual homecoming weekend — the campus gathering known as Yardfest — is quite different this year.

Judge Who Ended D.C. Handgun Ban Denies Request To Reconsider Ruling

A federal judge on Friday denied a request that he reconsider his ruling that overturned D.C.'s ban on carrying handguns in public.

D.C. Goes To Court: Budget Autonomy, Handgun Carry Ban On Docket Today

It'll be a busy day for D.C. in the courts today, as federal judges hear arguments on two separate cases: a budget autonomy referendum and the city's longstanding ban on carrying handguns outside the home.

Camera Set Up By Rabbi Caught Six Women On Tape, Say Police

Investigators say at least six women are captured totally or partially undressed on the videos secretly recorded by Rabbi Barry Freundel at a Georgetown synagogue.

Step Aside José Andrés, Because Armando Trull Is Making Mofongo

If you want a hearty dish for these ever-chillier fall days, our intrepid morning reporter Armando Trull has a recommendation: Mofongo, a traditional Puerto Rican dish made with plantains.

In Maryland, Christie Stumps For Hogan, Obama For Brown

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is set to attend another fundraiser for Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan in Maryland next week.

D.C. Reluctantly Moves Forward with Concealed Carry of Guns

City legislators are grudgingly establishing a licensing system that will allow D.C. residents and visitors to apply for concealed carry handgun permits.

Door To Door: Mount Airy, Md., And Franklin Park, Va.

It's our ongoing trip around the region. This week, we'll visit Mount Airy, Md. and the Franklin Park neighborhood of McLean, Va.

Your Letters

We'll open the Metro Connection inbox to hear some of your responses to "The G Word," our recent show about gentrification in D.C.

This Week On Metro Connection: Wild Cards

We'll go theme-free with stories that run the gamut, from a look at a local birth photographer to the latest twists in the debate over guns in D.C.

Birth Photographer Lives For The Moment

Photographing childbirth isn't always easy or convenient, but Emily Goodstein says it's a deeply rewarding job.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Citing Ebola Concerns, Va. Lawmaker Calls To Restrict Dogs From Travel

After public health officials transferred Ebola patient Nina Pham to the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, one Republican lawmaker in the region is calling for a travel ban that includes dogs.

Watch Video Of The Maryland Lieutenant Governor Debate

Democrat Ken Ulman and Republican Boyd Rutherford faced off on The Kojo Nnamdi Show in WAMU 88.5's studios.

D.C. Is Prepared For Ebola, Says Official

The head of D.C. Department of Health says the city is prepared for any possible outbreaks of the Ebola virus.

D.C. To Start Taking Applications For Concealed Carry Permits

D.C. residents will soon be able to apply for concealed carry permits — but they won't be easy to get.

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