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Friday, August 28, 2015

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.

Could The D.C. Government Do A Better Job Than Pepco?

Public power utilities have brought better service and lower rates in some cities. Could it work in D.C.?

A Sea Lion's First Date At Smithsonian's National Zoo

Zookeepers at the National Zoo are excited to be introducing a a new male sea lion named Jetty to the population — the hope is he can get some needed genetic diversity to their harem.

From Relief Workers To Residents: Former Washingtonians Help Rebuild New Orleans

It's been a decade since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, but two former D.C. residents who founded the non-profit St. Bernard Project say there's still plenty of rebuilding to do.

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.

Black Lives Matter Protesters Interrupt Bowser's Anti-Crime Announcement

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s news conference to announce an anti-crime strategy was disrupted by Black Lives Matter activists on Thursday.

LISTEN: Gang Power Inside And Outside of Prisons In El Salvador

In his latest update from Central America, WAMU 88.5's Armando Trull discusses navigating dangerous gang-controlled areas, the situation in local prisons and the complexity of El Salvador's problems in general.