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Friday, October 19, 2012

Suspect In Molotov Cocktail Attack Appears In Alexandria Court

ballston common mall

A man accused of trying to set the food court at Ballston Common Mall ablaze using what is believed to be a Molotov cocktail, appeared in court Friday afternoon.

Storycorps: Born African American, Raised By White Foster Parents

We continue our month-long series of Storycorps interviews with the story of Terry Wright, an African American woman raised by white foster parents.

Bookend: Pulitzer Prize Winner Edward P. Jones Discusses His Work

For this month's Bookend, we bring you the most decorated fiction writer D.C. has produced in recent years: Pulitzer Prize winner Edward P. Jones.

POTUS Among Us: Washington Improv Theater Satirizes Presidential Campaign

As we move toward Election Day, we go inside Washington Improv Theater's satirical, off-the-cuff production POTUS AMONG US, which takes the audience through a whirlwind national election cycle.

Growing Number Of D.C. Kids Turn To Skateboarding

Longtime skateboarders say their sport is exploding in popularity and leaping across racial boundaries in the District.

MWAA Board Member Resigns, Sounds Off On Agency Controversies

In his first interview since announcing his resignation, former Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority board member Dennis Martire discusses the controversies surrounding the agency.

Soldiers Begin Anew After Devastating Injuries

Soldiers at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center's amputee center are learning how to move, dress themselves and, in some cases, return to the battlefield — even after losing limbs.

Road Tripper Treks To Presidential Resting Places

We tag along with a man on a journey to visit and blog about every presidential grave site, including the four located in the D.C. region.

Seeing Eye To Eye: Examining How Deaf People Move Through The World

We head to H Street NE with Gallaudet researcher Robert Sirvage, who's been using head-mounted GoPro cameras to discover the ways deaf people move through and interact with the world.

This Week On Metro Connection: On The Move

We'll bring you a show all about people "On the Move" — from a road-tripper visiting the graves of dead presidents to soldiers learning to move after devastating injuries.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

MTA Expanding Audio Recording On Buses Over Privacy Objections

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The Maryland Transit Authority has plans to install audio recording equipment on half its fleet by next year, but groups like the ACLU are concerned about what it means for privacy.

Local Muslim Group Speaks Out Against Attempted Federal Reserve Attack

Leaders from the local Ahmadiyya Muslim Community are emphasizing that outreach to young people is the most important deterrent to incidents like the attempted attack on the Federal Reserve in New York.

Judge Dismisses Most Serious Charges In Case Of College Park Beating

The two Prince George's County police shown beating a prone and unarmed UMD student after a 2010 basketball game have had the most serious charges against them dropped.

Baltimore Resident To File Class Action Lawsuit Over Water Bills

A Baltimore resident — who also ran against city mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake last year — is planning to file a class action lawsuit on behalf of water customers who were overcharged by the city's water authority.

Earthquake Drill Scheduled For D.C., Maryland, Virginia

Millions of people across the country, including those in the D.C. area, will be taking part in an earthquake drill at 10:18 a.m. today.