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Friday, January 2, 2015

Racine Says He Will Fight To Protect D.C. Marijuana Legalization Initiative

Karl Racine, D.C.'s first elected attorney general, said on Friday that he will fight to ensure that the will of D.C. residents is respected, including on a marijuana ballot initiative overturned by Congress late last year.

Amid Changes And Challenges, Bowser Sworn In As D.C. Mayor

Muriel Bowser was sworn in as the District's seventh mayor on Friday morning, pledging to tackle issues big and small — even as she faces immediate challenges.

Reports Of Flu Increase Across Region As Peak Season Arrives

The month of January is peak flu season, and our region is already seeing widespread virus activity.

Bowser Set To Take Office, Along With Elected Attorney General And Legislators

D.C. gets a new mayor today, as Muriel Bowser will be sworn in along with seven D.C. Council members and the District's first ever elected attorney general.

Beating The Odds: Coping With An Incarcerated Parent

On top of the challenges of being a first generation immigrant, Blossom Ojukwu struggled to cope with the incarceration of her father. Despite her obstacles, she graduated high school with a 3.9 and is pursuing a career in the arts.

Dinner Party Movement Offers Grieving Washingtonians A Gathering Place

A new movement is inviting people across the D.C. region to eat, drink and talk about the loss of loved ones.

White House Butler Dishes on Serving in Nation's Most Famous Home

Frederick, Md. resident Alan Devalerio had a ringside seat to history as a White House butler fror Presidents Carter and Reagan.

Union Station Restoration Uncovers Hidden History

We'll tour Union Station's lesser-known spots and hear about the restoration that's uncovering artifacts from the train terminal's past.

House Concerts Bring Live Music To A D.C. Living Room Near You

If you want to see the next big thing in D.C. music, the nearest venue may be the living room next door.

The 'Delta Collection': Sneaking A Peek At The Library Of Congress' Erotica Stash

The Library of Congress holds a vast collection of reference materials and books — including plenty of erotica and pornography.

Out of the Vault and Into the Light: Precious Shakespeare Works to Tour U.S.

On the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death, copies of his First Folio will exit the Folger Shakespeare Library vault and tour the nation.

This Week On Metro Connection: Behind Closed Doors (rebroadcast)

We'll bring you stories of the secret and surreptitious, from underground vaults to off-the-record dinner parties to what happens behind the scenes at the White House.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Hundreds Ride To Honor Maryland Cyclist Killed In Hit-And-Run

A 41-year-old Maryland man was struck and killed by a Maryland bishop in an apparent hit-and-run accident, and on New Year's Day, cycling advocates ride in his memory.

New Year Brings Minimum Wage Bump For Workers In Maryland

A minimum wage bill passed in Maryland last year means the state's lowest-paid workers will see an extra 75 cents per hour on their paychecks.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Another Year, Another Deadline For Sequestration

Congress faces an October deadline this year to stave off another round of major budget cuts, and Sen. Mark Warner is hoping wiser heads will prevail in the new year.