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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Del. Holmes Norton's Tax-Preparation Fair Returns For 15th Year

D.C.'s voting delegate in the U.S. House says that with District residents paying such a high per-capita amount of federal taxes, it's only fair that they get some help with filing them.

Rabbi Pleads Guilty To Voyeurism Charges, Faces Up To 52 Years In Prison

Prominent D.C. rabbi Barry Freundel is facing up to 52 years in prison after pleading guilty to secretly videotaping dozens of women.

Maryland Senate Approves Bill To Raise Speed Limit On Some Roads

Some roads in Maryland may soon have speed limits of 70 miles per hour.

Maryland Environmentalists Want To Get Serious About Rising Sea Levels

Mike Tidwell, the head of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, calls rising sea levels "a huge problem" for Maryland.

DC Brau Discontinues Free Samples, Citing Abuse By 'Bad Apples'

Getting a handful of free tastings is one of the joys of visiting a craft brewery, but one of D.C.'s biggest is stopping the practice thanks to some "bad apples."

Listen: A Homeless D.C. Man's Attempt To Die Sparked A Passion For Running, Life

Years ago Waldon Adams was bipolar, HIV positive, living on the street and resolved to die. His turnaround was improbable, and all started with a decision to run.

Friday, February 20, 2015

From Motel To Van To Shelter: One Family's Tumultuous Tale of Homelessness

A year ago, Tamika Smalls and her family were living in a motel room. Since then, they've slept in the family van, and are now living in a shelter.

Homeless Residents Share What It's Like To Live Outdoors In D.C. In February

We'll meet some of the people who choose to live outdoors rather than stay in city shelters, even on brutally cold nights.

The Isolation Of Homelessness For Latino Day Laborers In The D.C. Area

Latino day laborers, many of them illegal immigrants, are among the least visible homeless residents in the D.C. region.

D.C. Public Library Expands Outreach To Homeless Patrons

Homeless residents have often used public libraries as a place to stay warm or pass the time, and now the D.C. Public Library is embracing that role, hiring a social worker to train its staff on how to better serve homeless clients

Meet The Woman Whose Job It Is To Address Homelessness in D.C.

Laura Zeilinger, D.C.'s new director of human services, is tasked with crafting the Bowser administration's approach to reducing homelessness.

From Homeless to Hopeful: Waldon Adams Reflects On Wins In A Rollercoaster Life

After years of battling homelessness and addiction, Waldon Adams was once ready to end his life. But an unexpected discovery helped him turn things around.

This Week On Metro Connection: A Roof Over Your Head

With homelessness on the rise in D.C., we'll hear how city officials are tackling the issue, and how homeless residents are coping with the struggle.

Does D.C.'s Rapid Re-Housing Program Live Up To Its Promise?

Proponents of rapid re-housing say these programs get people out of shelters and into their own apartments. But do they keep them there?

Homeless Residents Advocate Their Agenda With 'People for Fairness' Group

The People for Fairness Coalition is a peer-led group of homeless or formerly homeless people who have taken an active role in advocacy around housing issues.

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