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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Platform Crowding Puts Metro 'So Close To A Deadly Incident,' Says Complaint

The Federal Transit Administration is reviewing a rider complaint about dangerously overcrowded platforms on Metro — something that has happened more often with repeated track delays and train breakdowns.

D.C. Sending Delegation To Climate Talks In Paris

Some argue that the real work of addressing climate change happens at the local level, which is why Tommy Wells — D.C.'s director of the D.C. Department of Energy and Environment — is headed to Paris.

Fairfax County School Leaders Brace For Difficult Budget Season

Fairfax County is adding millions of dollars to its school budgets this year, but enrollment on the rise, administrators are making tough decisions about where to cut corners.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Only A Quarter Of D.C. Students Ready For College And Career, Per New Test

A quarter of all third- to eighth-graders in D.C. public and charter schools are considered “on track” for college or a career, according to the results of new, more rigorous tests in English and math.

Pepco-Exelon Again Under The Microscope In D.C.

The proposed merger between Pepco and energy giant Exelon will again make their case in front of the D.C. Public Service Commission, but this time there may be support.

Paul Wiedefeld Takes Helm Of Metro, But Don't Expect Immediate Results

Monday marks the first day on the job for Paul Wiedefeld, Metro's new general manager, but many of the problems that hamper the transit system will take some time to fix.

Rising Enrollment In Northern Virginia Schools Outpaces Neighboring Districts

Student enrollment is on the rise across the D.C. region, but not uniformly so — putting more stress on school districts in places like Loudoun County.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Obama Spends Saturday Shopping For Books In D.C. (And He Loves Franzen)

President Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha made a surprise visit to Upshur Street Books, an independent book store in Petworth, on Saturday, picking up nine books for holiday reading.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Stiff Competition Emerges In Montgomery County Over Medical Marijuana Licenses

As Maryland ramps up its medical marijuana program, applicants in parts of Takoma Park and Rockville are fighting a stiff battle to get a handful of licenses.

Your Letters

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This Week On Metro Connection: Nov. 27, 2015 (rebroadcast)

This Thanksgiving week, we're digging into the Metro Connection archives, and presenting some of our favorite stories about food, family, and traditions. Enjoy!

How Paul Reed Smith Built a Guitar Empire on Maryland's Eastern Shore

Famed guitar maker Paul Reed Smith is celebrating his 30th anniversary of building instruments on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

A Seventh-Generation Maryland Farmer Embraces Her Roots

For 27-year-old Nora Crist, farming is in her blood: her family has been working the land in Howard County, Maryland, for hundreds of years.

Captain Rachel Dean: High School Teacher by Weekday, Waterman by Weekend

Captain Rachel Dean has been working on the water for years — but don't call her a "waterwoman." The southern Maryland native says she and her fellow female watermen — while a minority — are every bit as hard-working as the boys.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

On Black Friday, Walmart Workers In D.C. To Demand $15 Wage

Walmart workers in Washington and other cities will be spending Black Friday protesting for higher wages.