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Monday, July 6, 2015

Jet Noise From National Airport Pushes D.C. And Virginia Residents To Sound Off

People who live near the airport's flight path say the busy transportation hub's jet noise is becoming intolerable, and they're asking the federal government to do something about it.

Virginia Gives More Cushion To Cyclists On The Road; Police Write More Tickets

Police in the commonwealth have been giving out more tickets to motorists who pass bicyclists illegally.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Like D.C. And MoCo, Prince George's County Bans Coal Tar For Paving

In Prince George's County, it's now illegal to use coal tar products to seal paved surfaces.

The Washington... Rebels? Students Consider New Name For Football Team

With controversy swirling around the name of Washington's football team, a group of students set off to find good alternatives that represent the team's brand while not offending minority groups.

Friday, July 3, 2015

After Hogan's 'Yes,' Hard Work On Purple Line Begins: Bringing Down The Cost

Leaders in Montgomery and Prince George's counties have received a list of proposed changes to the Purple Line that would bring down the cost of the project. But don't expect any quick decisions on them.

Metro Connection: July 3, 2015

We'll follow efforts to save one of Virginia's most endangered places, and visit a D.C. school with an ambitious goal: to create a model for educating city kids and erasing the achievement gap.

As D.C.'s Cost Of Living Rises, So Does Hunger Among Seniors

Washington says the D.C. Office on Aging does not appear to have enough money in its budget to add any more District seniors to its home-delivered meals program.

Clips: Where WAMU's Velvety-Voiced Talk-Show Host Gets His Shave-And-A-Haircut

As we continue our exploration of D.C.'s barber shop, we visit Kojo Nnamdi's longtime haunt in Park View.

How Gordonsville, Virginia, Became The 'Fried Chicken Capital of the World'

After the Civil War, a group of black women in Gordonsville, Va. supported themselves by peddling fried chicken to train passengers passing through their town.

Bookend: Author Mary Amato And The Changing World of Children's Literature

Author Mary Amato shares what it's like to pen prose for the younger set.

'Portal': A Shipping Container-Turned-Art Project Connecting People Across the Globe

When is a shipping container not just a shipping container? When it's also a public art project designed to spark conversations among people around the world.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

With Leggett's Signature, Paid Sick Leave Comes To Montgomery County

Montgomery County lawmakers officially signed mandatory paid leave into law on Thursday afternoon, though it does not kick in until October.

Donald Trump Connection Leaves Chef José Andrés With Questions To Answer

The famous developer's new luxury hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue will feature a flagship restaurant by the superchef. Some activists say that Andrés should rethink the deal with Trump, who is facing a big backlash against comments he made about Mexicans.

Listen: News Conference On The Washington Navy Yard Incident

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser; Vice Adm. Dixon Smith, the commander of Navy Installations Command; and D.C. police Chief Cathy Lanier take questions.

Which Peruvian Artists To See At The Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Susana Baca,. Los Wembler’s de Iquitos and more suggestions from WAMU 88.5's Bandwidth.fm music site.

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