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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Eyes To The Sky: Blue Angels To Do Flyover Of Pentagon, D.C. Sunday Evening

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's actually several planes. Six Blue Angels will fly in formation for a photo shoot over the Pentagon and Washington area Sunday evening.

Women Make Up Two-Thirds Of Low Wage Workers In D.C. Region

Barriers like education, lack of access to public transportation and high childcare costs have helped make women overrepresented in low wage jobs.

5 Things To Know After The Pepco-Exelon Merger Was Rejected

What does the D.C. public service commission's rejection of the Pepco-Exelon merger mean? Is this a victory for renewable energy advocates? What are the prospects for turning Pepco into a public power utility? 

Friday, August 28, 2015

Bikeshare Program Indeed Reduces Traffic In Some Neighborhoods, Study Finds

Cars may clog area roads, but the region's bikesharing system helps relieve some of that congestion.

In Midst Of Crime Spike, D.C. Police Union Calls No-Confidence Vote On Lanier

The union says the no-confidence vote against Police Chief Cathy Lanier will express officers' displeasure with her management of the force during the citywide crime spike.

Human Error And Gaps In Safety Policy Caused Metro Derailment, Says Report

A stunning maintenance lapse that led to the derailment of an empty passenger train was caused by the combination of a single employee's error and flawed safety processes, an internal investigation finds.

Prince George's County, Maryland Reach Key Agreement On Purple Line

Prince George's County has agreed to increase its share of Purple Line construction costs by $20 million. In exchange, Gov. Larry Hogan's administration has committed to begin building the 16-mile light-rail line in Prince George's.

This Week On Metro Connection: Aug. 28, 2015

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, we'll hear from a couple who packed up and left D.C. in 2006 to start a new life in New Orleans, helping flood victims rebuild their homes. Plus, we'll ask whether replacing Pepco with a publicly-owned utility might better serve D.C. ratepayers. And we'll hear how one woman became so frustrated by Washington's dating scene, she found a way to crowdsource love.

Door To Door: Fredericksburg, Va., and Sandy Spring, Md.

It's our ongoing journey around the region. This time, we'll visit Fredericksburg, Virginia,  and Sandy Spring, Maryland.

Baltimore Puts Teens To Work, Creating Art In Troubled Neighborhood

Dozens of teens are brightening and beautifying one of Baltimore's most troubled areas.

Is It Possible To Crowdsource Love? One Virginia Woman Says 'Yes'

We hear one woman's creative antidote to the frustrations of the local dating scene.

The Most Famous Philanthropist You've Never Heard Of: Julius Rosenwald

Julius Rosenwald never finished high school but he became a powerful philanthropist who helped build more than 5,000 schools for black children in the Jim Crow South.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Shooting Of Journalists Prompts Renewed Debate About Gun Control In Virginia

Details were still emerging about the killing of two journalists in Roanoke, Virginia, Wednesday when Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe starting calling for gun control.

UMUC To Eliminate Textbooks, With Goal Of Saving Students Some Money

The university, located in Prince George's County, says it's a front-runner in making a transition of this magnitude. Students will use online materials instead.

As Vinyl Booms, Virginia Company Plans To Open A Record-Pressing Plant

Demand for new vinyl records is off the charts. That's why one company in Northern Virginia plans to open its own record-manufacturing business.