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Friday, October 10, 2014

Door to Door: Calvert Hills, Md. and Aquia Harbour, Va.

It's our ongoing journey around the region. This time, we visit the Calvert Hills neighborhood of College Park, Md. and the Aquia Harbor area of Stafford, Va.

Family Tree: From George Washington To The Black Heritage Museum Of Arlington

The branches of the Syphax family tree extend back to our nation's founding, when ancestors worked at Mount Vernon and Arlington House.

Heurich Granddaughter Remembers the One-Time King of D.C. Beer

From the turn of the 20th century into the early 1940s, Christian Heurich was the king of Washington beer.

How Patawomeck Descendants Strive To Preserve Their Near-Extinct Language

The Potomac River derives its name from a Native American tribe called the Patawomeck. One Patawomeck descendant is striving to preserve her heritage by keeping alive what they have left of the language.

Bookend: Author Erica Perl On The Challenges Of Writing For Kids

Author Erica Perl says writing a children's book is much harder than you might think.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

LISTEN: Reporter Armando Trull Reflects On Gang Violence In El Salvador

The unaccompanied minors crisis that is straining resources in the D.C. area and across the United States stems from horrific gang violence in Central America. WAMU Senior Reporter Armando Trull talks more about his reporting from El Salvador this week.

Enrollment Ticks Up 2.7 Percent At D.C. Public Schools

The number of students attending D.C. Public Schools continues the upward trend that began in 2008.

Congresswoman Donna Edwards Leads Democrats' Search For Minority Candidates

Using on her own experience as Maryland's first black woman representing the state in Congress, Donna Edwards will spearhead the effort to groom more minorities for office for the Democratic party.

Rail Or Roads: What's The Best Way To Relieve Traffic On Route 1 In Fairfax?

A new study coming out today will weigh in on a hot debate in Fairfax County: whether to prioritize the widening of Route 1 or to extend the Yellow Line south beyond Huntington.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Elected Officials Too White, Male And Wealthy To Truly Represent U.S., Study Says

According to a study released this week by the Reflective Democracy Campaign, 71 percent of elected officials are white, while 90 percent of them are male. But white males only make up around 31 percent of the nation's population.

Changes Could Come To How D.C. Runs Elections, Says McDuffie

The D.C. legislator charged with overseeing the city's elections board says that the way elections are conducted could be in for some changes in the future.

Montgomery County Stops Cooperating With Feds On Immigration Detainers

Montgomery County has ended a long standing practice of cooperating with immigration officials seeking to deport some people in county custody.

Enrollment Up Again In D.C.'s Traditional And Charter Schools

Enrollment in the District's traditional public and public charter schools has increased again this year, according to initial tallies released by D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson and the D.C. Public Charter School Board.

Honk If You're Angry About Ridesharing: D.C. Cabbies Stage Protest

Several hundred D.C. taxicabs took part in a massive demonstration against Uber in the District today, protesting what they say is unfair competition from the popular company and other similar app-based sedan services.

Commentary: Ferguson Police Could Take Lessons From Prince George's County

Former Washington Post reporter Ruben Castaneda says black representation in local government of the sort lacking in Ferguson, Missouri, does not automatically address problems of police brutality.