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Friday, March 13, 2015

Skateboarding: Not Just For Teens, At Least in D.C. (Originally Broadcast 01-23-2015)

Skate parks are no longer an uncommon sight in our region. But the people using them aren't just in their teens and twenties.

What Happens to Animals Struck and Killed by Cars? In Virginia, The Answer May Surprise You (Originally Broadcast 01-23-2015)

Virginia has launched a program that turns some of the many animals killed on its highways each year into mulch.

Remembering the Man Who Led One Of Our Nation's First Civil Rights Protests (Originally Broadcast 10-03-2014)

We'll hear the tale of the first known nonviolent sit-in of the Civil Rights Movement, coordinated by an African American attorney named Samuel Wilbert Tucker.

Local Fans Stay Loyal to 15th-Century Instrument, No Strings Attached (Originally Broadcast 12-12-2014)

The New York Times may have called the viol a "failed invention," but local devotees of the 15th-century instrument beg to differ.

Why Kicking a Heroin Habit Can Be Especially Hard in Rural Communities (Originally Broadcast 11-21-2014)

We'll explore heroin abuse and treatment in more rural corners of our region.

The Surprising Twists and Turns Of A Life Upended by World War II (Originally Broadcast 01-23-2015)

Margit Meissner had to leave behind everything she knew when the Nazis annexed Austria. The life she's lived since has been full of adventure.

Family Tree: From George Washington To The Black Heritage Museum Of Arlington (Originally Broadcast 10-10-2014)

The branches of the Syphax family tree extend back to our nation's founding, when ancestors worked at Mount Vernon and Arlington House.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Organ Donor Signups Would Be Expanded Under Maryland Lawmaker's Bill

When you get your will or your marriage license — those would be some of the potential ways to sign up for organ donation under the legislation in the General Assembly.

Report: Low-Cost Apartments All But Gone, Rent Hikes Hitting Most D.C. Residents

A new report finds that the city’s stock of affordable rental housing is all but gone.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Proposal Would Put Sexual Misconduct On Maryland Students' Official Transcripts

If students are suspended or expelled, or if they drop out because of a conviction of a sexual offense, it would be included on their official transcript under a bill being pushed by Montgomery County Del. Maricé Morales.

Herndon Moves Its Town Council Election To November Amid Disagreement

Voters in Herndon, Virginia, will be choosing their town council members in November rather than May. But that's despite the General Assembly rejecting that proposal last month.

Looking Back On The '90s Musical Weirdos In One Corner of Baltimore County

Two decades ago the Towson-Glen Arm crew rallied around a love of art, activism and the avant-garde, bridging the silly and the sincere.

For D.C. Streetcar Line, 2.2 Miles' Worth Of Questions Remain

Whatever safety issues are holding up the grand opening of the H Street Northeast line are not obvious to the naked eye. So what are they?

All The Way To The Top? McDonnell Might Try To Go There

Lawyers for the embattled former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell are preparing for their day in appeals court. Could they be laying the groundwork to continue the fight after that?

'Rain Tax' Bill Survives In Maryland, And Hogan Doesn't Care That It's Not His Own

If the General Assembly does change what is officially known as the stormwater management fee, it probably won't be through a bill from the governor's own party.