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Thursday, July 31, 2014

D.C. School Test Scores Inch Up, But No Repeat Of 'Historic' Jumps

D.C. officials announced today that math and reading proficiency rates were again up for the city's public and charter schools, though some of the gains were modest and others uneven.

Like Other Cities, D.C. Moves To 'Ban The Box' On Job Applications

Starting later this year, D.C. employers will no longer be able to ask potential employees about their criminal histories until after a conditional job offer is made.

Jonnie Williams On Stand Again Today In McDonnell Corruption Trial

Former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams will take the stand again today in the trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, and his testimony could be key in the case.

Just How Bad Is Metro's Blue Line?

The start of the Silver Line has meant fewer Blue Line trains during Metro's rush hour — but is riding the Blue Line now really as bad as its been made out to be?

Frederick Sheriff Chuck Jenkins Calls For Militarization Of U.S.-Mexico Border

Following a fact-finding mission to the U.S.-Mexico border, Sheriff Chuck Jenkins of Frederick, Maryland, explains why he advocates the militarization of the border in response to the recent immigration crisis.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Should D.C.'s Animal Control Officers Be Allowed To Use Sirens In Emergencies?

Animal control officers want to use sirens on their vehicles if they get struck in traffic when responding to emergencies.

Schools, Social Services Feel the Heat Amid Influx Of Central American Children

How are local schools and social service agencies dealing with the flow of unaccompanied children from Central America?

D.C.'s Urban Farmers See Climate Change In How Their Gardens Grow

The impacts of climate are affecting change on the fruits and vegetables grown by D.C.'s crop of urban farmers.

How Hot Are D.C.'s 'Heat Islands'?

Ever wonder how much D.C.'s black pavement and roofing heats up the city in the summer? We have answers.

One Bird's Haunting Lesson For Us, 100 Years After Its Death

In the late 1800s, passenger pigeons filled the skies in the U.S. By 1914, there was just one left.

Beating The Odds: A Teen Mom Who Refused To Be A Statistic

A stranger on the Metro told Tanazia Matthews that, as another teen mother, she was destined to be a statistic. She explains how, through regimenting her time, she is able to both raise her son and make it through to college.

Why Are D.C.'s Official Weather Readings Measured in Virginia?

We dive in to the debate that's gone on for years: should Washington's temperature be taken across the river at Reagan National Airport?

This Week On Metro Connection: Feeling The Heat

We'll sweat it out with "Feeling the Heat," our annual show dedicated to summertime in the city.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Metro Challenging Background Check Policy

The lawsuit is focusing on Metro's background check policy, saying it is overly broad and disproportionately disqualifies black applicants.

Warner Joins Bipartisan Group Targeting Sexual Assaults On College Campuses

The bill would force schools to provide confidential advisors to victims and forbids athletic departments from handling sexual assault cases themselves.

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