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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Who Watches The Watchers? Recording The Police In D.C., Maryland & Virginia

The recent shooting of a black man by a police officer in South Carolina has renewed the debate over cameras — should police have to wear them, and can citizens use them to keep police in check?

Some D.C. High-Schoolers To Get Access to Free Howard University Classes

Starting this fall, the program will open to students at two selective high schools, Benjamin Banneker and McKinley Technology.

Compromise On Fracking Appears To Be Settled In Maryland Legislature

Versions of a two-year delay on permits for hydraulic fracturing in parts of western Maryland have passed in each side of the General Assembly.

Maryland Governor Faces Decision On Proposed Hotel Bookings Tax

Supporters claim the measure would close a loophole in sales tax collection, but Gov. Larry Hogan campaigned hard last year against tax increases of any kind.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Is Crime On The Downswing In Ward 8?

The Metropolitan Police Department says some types of crime have decreased in Ward 8, but activists say that doesn't mean the problem is solved.

This Week On Metro Connection: Ward 8

As residents in D.C.'s Ward 8 head to the polls this month, we'll look at life in the neighborhoods once represented by mayor-for-life and D.C. Council member Marion Barry.

'Cooking With Love' For Anacostia Residents At Mama's Pizza Kitchen

When Mama's Pizza Kitchen opened in Anacostia in 2012, the first thing the owners did was remove the security grates and protective glass that separated them from their customers.

Storytellers Weave Tales Of Ward 8, Past And Present

We'll visit a storytelling workshop that's helping new and old residents of Ward 8 explore the themes of home.

Keeping The Faith: Black Catholic Church Looks Back On 95 Years In Ward 8

The history of Catholic church in Anacostia built by black parishioners who faced discrimination by a local white congregation.

A Changing Ward 8, As Seen From A Used Car Lot

We talk with a salesman about the changes he's seen in D.C.'s Ward 8 and what the future may hold.

Fight Over Barry Farm Highlights Fears About Public Housing Redevelopment

The District is planning to redevelop Barry Farm, transforming the 432 run-down townhouses into 1,400 mixed-income units with 50,000 square feet of retail. But residents worry they won't be able to return.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

New Metro Proposal Would Scale Back Plan For All 8-Car Trains During Rush Hour

Metro is developing a proposal to scale back plans to run all 8-car trains during rush hours, a key piece of the transit authority’s Momentum expansion program approved in June 2013.

Maryland Approves Birth Certificate Bill For Transgender Residents

A measure to make it easier for transgender residents to get new birth certificates has cleared the Maryland General Assembly.

With Heroin Use Spiking, McAuliffe To Speed Distribution Of Anti-Overdose Drug

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe will sign a bill that will make a drug that combats heroin overdoses more widely available across the commonwealth, where use of the drug has increased.

Tax Credits For Maryland Private School Donors Run Afoul Of Teacher's Union

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is at odds with state Democrats over his proposal to offer tax credits for residents or businesses that contribute to private schools. But Democrats — and groups like teacher's unions and the ACLU — aren't biting.

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