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Friday, June 20, 2014

The Mysterious Past And Uncertain Future Of D.C.'s Only Known Synagogue Mural

Inside a D.C. home slated for redevelopment this summer, you can find the city's only known synagogue mural.

Trading the Corporate Grind for a Hoppy Future

When Ilya Alter and Dmitri Chekaldin both lost their corporate jobs, they decided to try something completely different.

After Years of Struggle with Schizophrenia, One Man Shares His Story

How do you find your way again after years of struggle with a serious mental illness?

This Week On Metro Connection: Turning Points

This week we'll look at the moments in life that can lead to big changes, from the home front to the workplace.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Funding For Improvements To Virginia Roadways Approved

The Commonwealth Transportation Board has approved funding for improvements to many area roadways, including I-66 and I-495.

Three Unions Approve Contracts With DCPS

Unions representing principals, classroom aides and custodians at DCPS have given the thumbs up to new contracts, sending them to the D.C. Council for approval.

Montgomery County, Latino Youth Suffer Disconnect

Latinos make up more than a quarter of the youth population in Montgomery County, prompting two advocacy groups to come up with ways to reach out to the young.

Hogan, Lollar Target Taxes In GOP Gubernatorial Race In Maryland

Maryland typically swings Democratic in the race for governor, but two leading GOP candidates say their platforms based on eliminating government waste and rolling back tax increases are winners.

D.C. Area Sees Surge Of Underage Undocumented Immigrants

Tens of thousands of children are being caught trying to cross the southern U.S. border by themselves. Many of them have made their way to the D.C. area, with its large Central American community, and schools and support organizations are adapting.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

After Leesburg Hearing, Severance Case Cleared For Trial

In Virginia, prosectors in Loudoun County are moving forward with charges against Charles Severance, a man Alexandria prosecutors say they want to question in connection to three unsolved murders.

Arlington Streetcars Won't Go To Referendum. Now What?

A 3-2 majority on the county board decided to keep the controversial Arlington streetcar projects from being decided by voters, and both opponents and supporters are having their say.

Lawmakers Praise Patent Office For Canceling Redskins Trademarks

Some legislators on Capitol Hill say the U.S. Patent Office did the right thing when it voted to revoke several Redskins trademarks, deeming them offensive.

Redskins Trademarks Canceled By U.S. Patent Office

A United States Patent Office board has ruled against the Washington Redskins on Wednesday, canceling six trademark registrations on the grounds that they are disparaging to Native Americans.

Cardin Cheers White House Push For LGBT Protections

A new executive order makes it illegal for federal contractors to discriminate against the LGBT community, something Maryland Senator Ben Cardin was quick to praise.

D.C. Tuition Assistance Program Cut In House Budget

Funding for a D.C. college tuition program has been slashed by a third in a new budget, though Eleanor Holmes Norton is confident the Senate will reverse that.