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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Virginia Attorney General Announces Rescue Plan For Sweet Briar College

Sweet Briar College, a liberal arts institution for women, will stay open for another year thanks to the efforts of prominent alumnae.

Friday, June 19, 2015

New Silver Spring Library Will Lend Out E-Readers, A First For MoCo

This weekend, Montgomery County opens its latest, most modern public libary, which will let patrons check out e-readers. Located in downtown Silver Spring, the library is also designed to be a transit hub.

HBO Series 'Veep' Leaves Maryland In Its Dust

HBO's political satire program "Veep" is leaving Maryland after four years. The series scored larger tax credits from the state of California.

D.C. AME Church Holds Vigil For Charleston Shooting Victims

The pews of Metropolitan AME church were filled with people of all faiths and backgrounds as the religious community in D.C. remembered those killed by a gunman during bible study at Emanuel AME church in South Carolina.

Historical Society Seeks To Preserve Public's Images Of Baltimore Unrest

The Maryland Historical Society is unveiling its display of images of the unrest in Baltimore following the death and funeral of Freddie Gray, who suffered fatal injuries while in police custody.

This Week On Metro Connection: Solutions

We'll explore some of our region's trickiest problems — and meet people working to find solutions to those problems — on this week's show. 

Could Public Money Transform The Way Politics Is Played In Montgomery County?

Many elected positions in diverse Montgomery County are held by white, male Democrats. Could public financing open the system to a new kind of candidate?

When Mom Needs Rehab, What About The Kids? New D.C. Programs Offer Solutions 

Could allowing women to bring their children with them to rehab help break the cycle of addiction? The nonprofits Samaritan Inns and So Others Might Eat are launching programs to help.

D.C. Introduces Cap And Trade System To Keep Dirty Water Out Of Local Streams

"Cap and trade" is traditionally thought of as a program designed to reduce air-based pollution. But D.C. is also using the system to keep dirty runoff from flowing into local rivers.

How DC Water Is Trying To Turn Sewage Into Fertilizer For Your Food

Can the stuff we flush be re-used as fertilizer? Some say yes; others argue the risks aren't worth the benefit.

Virginia Church Reinvents Itself As Affordable Housing Developer

The First Baptist Church in Clarendon, Va. has a potential solution to the affordable housing crisis — use church property to create apartments.

Maryland Inventor Chases Ambitious Dream: An End To Chronic Pain 

Robert Fischell, 86, has invented all kinds of things, from an implantable insulin pump to rechargeable pacemakers. Now, he's working on a solution for chronic pain.

Monday, June 29, 2015

No Funds, No Festival: '15 Adams Morgan Day Canceled Amid Sponsor’s Turmoil

The 2015 Adams Morgan Day festival has been canceled amid a crisis of leadership and tens of thousands of dollars worth of unpaid bills to the city.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Did Republicans Help Elect The Democratic Candidate For Mayor Of Alexandria?

Republicans in Alexandria may have taken advantage of Virginia's open primaries to help Allison Silberberg defeat incumbent Mayor Bill Euille in the recent Democratic primary.

D.C. Fire Department Lags On Making Changes Recommended Years Ago

An new audit finds uneven progress in D.C’s promise to reform its Fire and Emergency Medical Services department following the 2007 death of New York Times journalist David Rosenbaum.