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Thursday, November 1, 2012

UVA's Bjoring Center Shines Historic Spotlight On WWII Nurses

Overworked and using medical equipment that would shock practicing professionals today, the nurses who joined the effort in the Second World War are remembered in the Bjoring Center's fascinating historical archives.

Georgetown ANC Candidate Could Become Youngest Openly-Gay Elected Official

A 20-year-old candidate running unopposed for the Advisory Neighborhood Council in the District may soon become the youngest openly-gay elected official in the country.

StoryCorps: Anne Thomas On Trusting Intuition And Not Being Limited By A Wheelchair

Anne Thomas wonders whether she would have escaped a life in a wheelchair if she had heeded her intuition, but says her experiences have given her strength and drive that she might not have otherwise had.

Live Updates: Election Day Twitter Map

Live updates from the polls and election headquarters on Election Day 2012. 

Stafford County Hunts For Man Involved In Homemade Explosives

A manhunt is underway in Stafford County, Va. for a suspect involved in explosions from homemade bombs at three homes.

Virginia Company Sued For Improperly Training Guards In Iraq

The U.S. is joining a lawsuit against a Reston based company for falsifying documents about training guards in Iraq.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Polio Survivor And Doctor Chooses New Path

Dr. Lauro Halstead is retiring from his job treating patients who survived polio - an experience he himself lived through after contracting the disease in 1954.

Dreamers Ditch Day Jobs To Pursue Their Passions

We hear the stories of two Washingtonians who, despite the economy's continued sluggishness, decided to give up good jobs to pursue their dream gigs.

D.C. Dives: JV Restaurant Serves Up Food, Brews And Live Music

In our monthly installment of D.C. Dives, Jerad Walker visits JV Restaurant, an eclectic, family-owned establishment in Falls Church, Va. that's celebrating its 65th year in business.

Latino Influence, Voter Rolls Grow In Battleground Virginia

Researchers say 50,000 Latinos become eligible to vote in the United States every month. And in closely-contested states such as Virginia, this population can greatly influence the electoral outcome.

Remembering The Political Drama of 1912, A Century Later

We'll go back in time to the dramatic presidential race of 1912, and explore the lessons it may hold for our nation's politics a century later.

Politicos Pursue Electoral Victory Through Snail Mail

Television ads and email pleas may dominate political campaigns these days, but good old-fashioned direct mail — much of it crafted here in the District — still plays a role in attempting to sway voters' choices.

Reporter's Diary: Living, Breathing, Covering Super Storm Sandy

We'll pull on our slickers and Wellies and hear what it's like to be the reporter whose job is to brave the driving rain and report on a hurricane.

This Week On Metro Connection: Choices

From the political to the deeply personal, this week we bring you a show all about "Choices."

Friday, November 30, 2012

Local Doctor Blends Medicine And Music

Chevy Chase resident Phillip Pearl has two great passions: medicine and music. And he's managed to pursue successful careers in both domains.