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Monday, December 7, 2015

Montgomery County Lawmakers Consider Breaking Into Student-Loan Business

In an effort to attract more young college grads to the county, lawmakers in Maryland's Montgomery County are looking to set up a student-loan refinancing authority.

Where Should I-66 Toll Revenues Be Spent? Northern Virginia Will Decide

Drivers in single-occupancy vehicles will start paying rush hour tolls inside the Beltway in 2017, but where the funds raised go will be up to local leaders.

Metro Called On To Fix 'Unsafe' Platform Conditions At Shady Grove

Elected officials in Montgomery County are calling on Metro to address safety concerns at the Shady Grove station where they say platform crowding is creating issues for riders.

Friday, December 4, 2015

D.C. Officials Criticize Rand Paul’s Attempt To Legalize Concealed Weapons In The Capital

Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky introduced a bill to let people carry concealed handguns around the city. The proposal would gut D.C.'s tough gun laws. "Sen. Rand Paul's hypocrisy apparently knows no bounds," says D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton.

Another Year, Another Delay: D.C. Streetcar Won't Carry Passengers In 2015

Another calendar year is about to pass without streetcar service on H Street and Benning Road Northeast.

Does Metro Need To Be Kinder? Board Of Directors Weighs In

At a meeting of the Metro board of directors Thursday, several members questioned whether Metro employees are up to the task of handling customers in a transit system beset by problems.

This Week On Metro Connection: Dec. 4, 2015

We'll hear the tumultuous and almost otherworldly tale of the effort to create a memorial to Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross. And we'll meet the man who's now calling the shots at the Smithsonian Institution. Plus, we'll imagine what Washington will look, smell and feel like 200 years from now.

How D.C.'s Judge Shortage Affects The City's Most Vulnerable

The D.C. Superior Court is short on judges, especially in the Family Court, where judges make life-and-death decisions about neglected children in the District.

Why The Clara Barton National Historic Site Was 60 Years In The Making

It’s been 40 years since the Clara Barton National Historic Site was established in Glen Echo, Maryland, honoring the founder of the American Red Cross. But plans for a memorial began more than 100 years ago. What caused the delay?

What Will Washington Look Like 200 Years From Now? Mapping The D.C. Of 2215

What will Washington, D.C.'s neighborhoods look, smell and feel like 200 years from now? Erik Moe is combining narratives, maps and illustrations to create an "Atlas of Future Neighborhoods" and a location-aware app.

Meet Dr. David Skorton, Bao Bao's Big Boss At Smithsonian

Nineteen museums, 20 libraries, numerous research centers, plus the 1,800 animals at the National Zoo: all of it is now the responsibility of David Skorton, the newest secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.

With Food And Friendship, Sikh Group Reaches Out To Montgomery Co. Educators

After a man who may have mistook Sikhs for Muslims attacked a Sikh temple in Wisconsin in 2012, students in Montgomery County, Maryland, started a group to educate their peers and teachers about their religion. Sikh Kid-to-Kid aims to prevent bullying and acts of violence in Montgomery County schools.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

New Beginning: Listeners, We Want To Hear From You

We’d love your help imagining what the next Metro Connection looks and sounds like. What sorts of local storytelling do you want to hear more of?

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Homeless 'Tent Town' Razed Near Watergate In D.C.

Tuesday, the remnants of a homeless encampment — a tent town — near D.C.'s Watergate complex were torn down as part of a broader push to address homelessness, according to D.C. authorities.

Farewell, Metro's Paper Farecard. (We Probably Won't Miss You.)

Looking for a paper farecard? Good luck — Metro has stopped selling them.

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