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Friday, November 20, 2015

'I Wanted To Go Somewhere Safe': A Syrian Father Starts Over In Baltimore

Mohammad is a Syrian national who left his home in Damascus 11 months ago. He lives with his family in East Baltimore, where he says he's slowly adjusting to a different life. But it's hard for him to stomach Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's recent comments about Syrian refugees.

Fight Over D.C.'s Concealed Carry Law Turns To Judge Who Overturned It

Did the New York-based judge who tossed out D.C.'s concealed carry law this year act appropriately in even considering it? A panel of judges is weighing the matter.

McDonnell Appeal Could Have Broad Consequences Beyond Virginia

So far 11 separate amicus briefs have been filed with the Supreme Court in support of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. Many elected officials are concerned that the precedent set in his corruption case could apply too broadly.

To Curb Human Trafficking, Montgomery County Lawmakers Target Johns

In the past, soliciting a prostitute in Montgomery County would only get you a finger-wagging by police. But lawmakers are flipping the script and implementing the highest fine possible under state law.

She Was A Foster Kid. Now She's A D.C. Judge Overseeing The Foster System.

Magistrate Judge Pamela Gray serves on D.C. Family Court, where she oversees the city's foster care system. It's a job Gray is well-prepared for: she spent her childhood in foster care.

This Week On Metro Connection: Nov. 20, 2015

We'll meet a lifelong Montgomery County resident who grew up in segregated and unequal county schools, and went on to become a top-notch athlete and beloved coach to generations of students. We'll dive in to the debate over the ethics of an elite private school displacing low-income seniors. Plus, we'll hear about the building, once at the center of the Walter Reed scandal in 2007, and now slated for demolition.

Art And History Collide In Paintings Depicting A Washington Of The Past

Many of Lily Spandorf's watercolors feature buildings being torn down, or about to be. A new exhibit shows Spandorf's illustrations from the Washington Star, created between 1960 and 1981.

Five Years On, Henderson Keeps Up Pace Of Reforms In D.C. Schools

It was 5 years ago this month that Michelle Rhee stepped down as chancellor of D.C. public schools after a tempestuous three-year tenure. Her deputy, Kaya Henderson, took over as chancellor and continued many of her reforms. We explore how well schools are doing now.

Spend The Night In The '50s, In A Vintage Airstream Trailer

You've heard of renting a room or a house on Airbnb, but what if you could rent a vintage Air Stream trailer and spend the night anywhere you want? Now you can: a local architect and Air Stream fanatic recently launched a business restoring and renting vintage Air Stream trailers from the 1950s and early 1960s.

Why It's A Great Time To Be A Chesapeake Oyster Lover

The history of the Chesapeake Bay has long been tied up in the Oyster industry, but over-harvesting and environmental degradation caused the Bay oyster population to nearly disappear by the end of the 20th century. As Kate Livie describes in her new book, oysters are now making a big comeback.

Saying Goodbye To Building 18 — Symbol Of Neglect For Military's Medical System

At the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Walter Reed's neglected Building 18 became a brick-and-mortar symbol of the troubles wounded soldiers encountered. With the building slated for demolition this month, we explore the history contained within its walls.

Lifelong Montgomery County Resident, Coach Warren Crutchfield, Reflects On A Life Well Lived

Warren Crutchfield lives on the same land his great-great-grandparents bought after being emancipated from slavery following the Civil War. The 79-year-old would go on to become a top-notch athlete and beloved coach for generations of Montgomery County students.

Is Sidwell Friends School Compromising Its Quaker Ethics With Plan To Unify Campus?

Is it ethical for a wealthy Quaker institution to purchase a senior citizens home and displace the home's low-income residents? Some alumni of the elite Sidwell Friends School are questioning whether the school is living up to its Quaker values.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Metro Board Gives Unanimous Approval To New General Manager

Metro has sworn in its new general manager after a unanimous vote by the transit authority’s board of directors, ending a bumpy search that began more than a year ago.

Open-Government Advocates Wary Of Virginia Supreme Court Decison

A ruling by the justices in Richmond that preserves secrecy around death penalty policies is prompting new concerns about open government that go far beyond what happens in Virginia's death chamber.