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Friday, December 5, 2014

In Remembrance Of Ray Davis

The bluegrass radio legend and longtime WAMU broadcaster died Dec. 3.

Why Are Protesters Being Allowed To Block D.C. Traffic?

Over the last week, protesters calling for racial justice in the wake of the killing of unarmed black men have stopped traffic on some of D.C.'s busiest roads. At the same time, there have been few arrests. Why is that?

Kennedy Center Breaks Ground On New Expansion

At a ceremony on Thursday, the ground was broken on a new expansion project for the Kennedy Center that will expand spaces both for the arts and for the public.

On Gay Rights, Barry Remembered For Long History Of Support — And One Vote

For some activists, his long support of the cause is marred by a vote in opposition to same-sex marriage.

New Ride On I-95 In Northern Virginia Will Be Pricey

Construction crews are wrapping up work on the new Express Lanes between Stafford and Fairfax Counties in Northern Virginia, and WAMU 88.5 transportation reporter Martin Di Caro got a preview.

When Hippies Came To 16th Street

In the 1970s, a band of idealists from a hippie commune in Tennessee arrived in Washington, D.C. with the grand idea to help make the world a better place. And in their own way, they did.

Fate Of D.C.'s Marijuana Legalization Referendum In Congress Remains Hazy

Even Andy Harris, the Congressional Republican who wrote the policy rider that could block implementation of D.C.'s marijuana legalization law, doesn't know where the provision stands in negotiations.

Mobile Group Of Protesters Shut Down D.C. Streets Again Over Garner Decision

Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of D.C. again Thursday night to protest the lack of indictments in either the case of Eric Garner or Michael Brown, both unarmed black men who died in altercations with police.

Maryland Sets Off Fiery Debate With Plan To Allow Fracking

The O'Malley administration's upcoming plans to allow for "safe drilling" in Maryland are unlikely to end the debate over fracking.

This Week On Metro Connection: Close To Home

From condos to communes, we'll explore the meaning of home, sweet home in the Washington region.

Former Homeless Man Works To Give Hope To Baltimoreans On The Fringe

Thomas Hicks was homeless for years. Now he's trying to help others in similar situations.

Can Takoma Park Keep Its Crunchy Character As It Grows?

Takoma Park residents ponder how new development may affect one of Maryland's most famously progressive communities.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Police Urge Sexual Assault Victims Of MCPS Substitute Teacher To Come Forward

Jose Pineda was first arrested after an incident in September, when a female student at Roberto Clemente Middle School accused him of inappropriately touching her. Montgomery County Police say there could be more possible victims.

Process Begins To Overturn Virginia's Abortion Regulations

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is putting the pieces into place to fulfill a campaign promise to overturn controversial new regulations on abortion clinics.

Barry Returns To Wilson Building As D.C. Begins To Bid Him Farewell

The late Marion Barry returned to the Wilson Building on Thursday, kicking off three days of services to remember the man the city knew as the mayor for life.