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Friday, December 19, 2014

Maryland Business Owners Urge Shoppers To Buy Local

With less than a week to go before Christmas, local businesses are urging customers to do their shopping in-person — not online. In the Maryland suburbs, stores are showcasing their knowledge of the community to get people in the door.

Ban The Box Law Takes Effect In D.C., Helping Ex-Offenders Get Jobs

A new D.C. law prohibiting employers from asking someone applying for a job about their criminal history until a conditional offer of employment has been made is now in effect.

Two Minutes, Or 12? Metro Starts Testing Real-Time Bus Arrival Signs At Bus Stops

Metro wants you to be able to tell how long you have to wait for a bus by simply looking up at a sign at the bus stop.

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.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Q&A: Rep. Chris Van Hollen On Alan Gross' Return From Cuba

The congressman from Maryland discusses his involvement in bringing the USAID contractor back to his home state after five years in a Cuban prison.

Water In Shaw Still Unsafe To Drink, Says D.C. Water

D.C. Water spokesperson John Lisle says there's a motor-oil like product in the water, and they're trying to figure out where it came from.

Environmental Group Calls On Maryland To Ban Fracking

The Chesapeake Climate Action Network is calling on Maryland to follow the lead of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who this week put a moratorium on the natural gas-extraction process.

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.

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