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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Judge Says Photos Of Women's Underwear Did Not Violate Privacy

A D.C. judge has dismissed charges against a Virginia man for taking photos of women's underwear while they sat on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, saying that he did not violate their privacy.

LISTEN: Reporter Armando Trull Reflects On Gang Violence In El Salvador

The unaccompanied minors crisis that is straining resources in the D.C. area and across the United States stems from horrific gang violence in Central America. WAMU Senior Reporter Armando Trull talks more about his reporting from El Salvador this week.

Enrollment Ticks Up 2.7 Percent At D.C. Public Schools

The number of students attending D.C. Public Schools continues the upward trend that began in 2008.

Congresswoman Donna Edwards Leads Democrats' Search For Minority Candidates

Using on her own experience as Maryland's first black woman representing the state in Congress, Donna Edwards will spearhead the effort to groom more minorities for office for the Democratic party.

Rail Or Roads: What's The Best Way To Relieve Traffic On Route 1 In Fairfax?

A new study coming out today will weigh in on a hot debate in Fairfax County: whether to prioritize the widening of Route 1 or to extend the Yellow Line south beyond Huntington.

Friday, October 10, 2014

This Week On Metro Connection: The Descendants

From Colonial Dames to members of the Patawomeck Tribe, we meet families whose roots run deep in the D.C. region.

Descendant Of Three Founding Fathers Works To Keep American History Alive

Laura Belman is descended from three signers of the Declaration of Independence, and is working to preserve the history of early D.C.

Daughter Remembers Lawrence Guyot's Dual Roles As Civil Rights Leader And Dad

While Lawrence Guyot was known as a no-nonsense D.C. activist and leader in the Civil Rights movement, his daughter says he was also a warm and supportive dad.

Was Your Ancestor Part Of 'The Contrabands?' Scholars Would Like A Word

A new effort is in place to find the African American descendants of slaves who sought refuge at forts around the capital during the Civil War — known then as "the contrabands."

Door to Door: Calvert Hills, Md. and Aquia Harbour, Va.

It's our ongoing journey around the region. This time, we visit the Calvert Hills neighborhood of College Park, Md. and the Aquia Harbor area of Stafford, Va.

Family Tree: From George Washington To The Black Heritage Museum Of Arlington

The branches of the Syphax family tree extend back to our nation's founding, when ancestors worked at Mount Vernon and Arlington House.

Heurich Granddaughter Remembers the One-Time King of D.C. Beer

From the turn of the 20th century into the early 1940s, Christian Heurich was the king of Washington beer.

How Patawomeck Descendants Strive To Preserve Their Near-Extinct Language

The Potomac River derives its name from a Native American tribe called the Patawomeck. One Patawomeck descendant is striving to preserve her heritage by keeping alive what they have left of the language.

Bookend: Author Erica Perl On The Challenges Of Writing For Kids

Author Erica Perl says writing a children's book is much harder than you might think.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Elected Officials Too White, Male And Wealthy To Truly Represent U.S., Study Says

According to a study released this week by the Reflective Democracy Campaign, 71 percent of elected officials are white, while 90 percent of them are male. But white males only make up around 31 percent of the nation's population.