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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Three Months Late, D.C.'s Plan To End Traffic Fatalities Is Coming Next Week

How can D.C. wipe out traffic deaths? Proposals heard Tuesday suggested tougher enforcement of distracted driving and strict requirements for drivers with a history of drunk driving.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Safety Advocates Still Waiting On D.C. Mayor's Plan To End Traffic Fatalities

Mayor Muriel Bowser promised to embrace the goals of Vision Zero when on the campaign train last year, but Tuesday will be the first time a plan officially comes before the D.C. Council.

P.G. Or Prince George's? Kevin Durant's Sneakers Expose Generational Divide

Should "P.G. County" be considered offensive? Sneakers from Seat Pleasant, Maryland, native Kevin Durant exposed a generational divide, as explored Monday on The Kojo Nnamdi Show.

Homeland Security Secretary Delivers President's Message To Virginia Mosque

In a Sunday address, President Obama called for the Muslim community to be watchful of their own in the wake of the San Bernardino shootings. On Monday Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson brought that message to Northern Virginia.

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?

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.